Coronavirus – Looking Back To Go Forward with Fin Dwyer

We were joined by Fin Dwyer of the Irish History Podcast to look back and see if there are lessons from history that we can take into the current Covid-19 pandemic. We talk the Spanish Flu, the rebuilding of Europe post WWII and how this crisis has seen the old rules of “market forces” just melt away. Check out Fin’s […]

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Coronavirus – Dr Varadkar Ep.271

We decided to have a short catch-up on events. It got a bit heated. We chat about the Covid-19 clusters in nursing homes and Direct Provision and how the ‘for profit’ model has left so many vulnerable. We discuss the welcome news that the Taoiseach will work one day a week in the health service and we argue a lot […]

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Coronavirus – The Diaspora with Laura Rahill Ep.270

We are delighted to be joined from Australia by Cavan woman, Laura Rahill, to tell us about the experience of Covid-19 on the other side of the world. Laura explains how the diaspora wants to come home and how we are all staying connected in this locked down world. You can follow Laura on twitter @Miss_Racket Join us:  patreon.com/tortoiseshack

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#NoGoingBack – with Saoirse McHugh

It is a troubling time. But we chatted to one of our absolute favourite people, Saoirse McHugh, about some of the good things that could emerge from this difficult time. We discuss how the reaction to the Covid-19 pandemic has sped up progress in health, housing and childcare and how we can create a vision that shows the world at […]

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Laurence Cox on Movements Ep.268

In a break from our Covid-19 coverage, writer, activist, teacher and worker with social movements, Laurence Cox, joins us in the tortoise shack to talk all things movements. We delve into their making, breaking and remaking again, and ask is there an activist playbook to counteract the hegemony. Laurence’s new book ‘The Irish Buddhist’ is out now and it’s available […]

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Coronavirus – Pushing Back with Dr Anthony O’Connor

We are joined by Tallaght University Hospital Consultant and proud Cork man, Dr Anthony O’Connor, to chat about pushing back against Covid-19. Anthony tells us about the pinch-points in the system, the huge efforts going into plugging the pre-Covid gaps and his thoughts on the use of private hospitals. He also urges people who have symptoms of heart issues or […]

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