Dr Mark Murphy #OurHealthcare Ep.179

When Dr Donal de Buitléir was asked which parts of the Independent Review Group’s plan (Slaintecare and the need to remove Private practice from Public Hospitals) did he think would be implemented he replied “You’re talking to a pathological optimist… but I’m also a pathological realist.” Our guest in The Tortoise Shack is GP and Lecturer in General Practice, RCSI, […]

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David Gibney #TheUnion Ep 178

We are joined in The Tortoise Shack by Communications Officer with Mandate Trade Union, Mr. David Gibney. We discuss the origins of organised labour, the deportation of trade union activists and how the exiles built the trade union movement in Australia. We also discuss the legacy of the Partnership for Prosperity and Fairness and the decline of union membership which […]

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Eoin Ó Brion #Home Ep.177

The only way to provide housing in Ireland seems to be the private market. But as our guest in the tortoise shack, Sinn Féin TD and Housing Spokesperson, Eoin Ó Brion, outlines in his new book – Home: Why Public Housing is the Answer – that was not always the case. We sat down with Eoin to discuss how we […]

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Neasa Hourigan #ThePhoenixPark Ep.176

The Phoenix Park is one of the oldest and largest public parks in Europe. Our guest in The Tortoise Shack, carer and newly elected Green Party Councillor, Neasa Hourigan, tells us about plans to potentially “commercialise” the park and how instead of rewilding we might be heading down the slippery slope of some UK parks “pay to play” model. Neasa […]

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Sarah Sproule #TheTalk Ep.173

Sex education is a fraught subject not just for parents in Ireland but for parents everywhere. We are delighted to be joined by sex educator Sarah Sproule of thetalk.ie who chats with us about how to answer the sometimes awkward questions our children ask us. This is a brilliant pod, informative, non-judgmental and a positive step forward for parents struggling […]

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Niall Carson #ThePhoto Ep.164

A picture can tell a thousand words and an iconic picture can last a lifetime. Our guest in the tortoise shack is multiple award winning Press Association photographer, Niall Carson and he walks us through 10 of the most iconic pictures in Irish political history. We get the inside story in what goes into getting that snap, the craic, the […]

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Tortoise Shack #RebootBirthday

When the idea to do a podcast came up I imagined it would be a one season, ten episodes kind of thing. Over 70 episodes and 1 year later we are, for my money, Ireland’s number one solutions focused podcast. So we decided to mark the occasion by answering some patron’s questions, sharing our personal highlights for the first year […]

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Simon McGarr #WolvesNow Ep.178

Skeuomorphic thinking: where you attempt the jam the design language of a previous technology into a new technology in order to make it easier to digest and understand. When the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland was recently suggested as the online regulator for Ireland and therefore the de facto regulator for the entire EU, many where glad that we were doing […]

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