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The Irish independent news, politics and culture podcast that doesn't take itself too seriously. Join hosts Tony Groves and Martin McMahon and a wide range of guests as the tackle everything from twitter to the Taoiseach. There will be shenanigans!



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The Echo Chamber Podcast Tortoise Shack Media

    • Politics
    • 3.0 • 2 Ratings

The Irish independent news, politics and culture podcast that doesn't take itself too seriously. Join hosts Tony Groves and Martin McMahon and a wide range of guests as the tackle everything from twitter to the Taoiseach. There will be shenanigans!



Cover art by @Ciaraioch

    512. Online Comedy with Eleanor Morton

    512. Online Comedy with Eleanor Morton

    A couple of weeks ago Scottish comedian, actor and writer, Eleanor Morton, posted a hilarious and all too real parody sketch of a female podcast producer. So we knew we had to get her on the podcast. We talk about the rise of online sketches, where they fit in mainstream entertainment, her creative process and a lot, lot more. I also try and fail to be funny.

    Have a listen and checkout Eleanor's other sketches @EleanorMorton

    Support us at patreon.com/tortoiseshack

    • 28 min
    518. Our Voices: Empowerment to Rights – Homelessness Survey

    518. Our Voices: Empowerment to Rights – Homelessness Survey

    We were delighted to be joined in the tortoise shack by William Cummings about the publication of the Our Voice report, That was produced by BAB's in collaboration with ICHH. Will outlines some of its stark, but sadly unsurprising findings and talks about the solutions and rights based approach needed to address the huge deficiencies.

    Please have a read of the report: https://ichh.ie/babs/

    Maybe consider supporting ichh here: https://ichh.ie/donate/

    • 32 min
    514. The Facebook Leak with Simon McGarr

    514. The Facebook Leak with Simon McGarr

    Friend of the pod, tortoise shack royalty and solicitor acting for Digital Rights Ireland joined us to discuss the first even Mass Action under GDPR in reaction to the revelation that 533 million Facebook users (about 1 mil in Ireland alone) have had their data placed on a file that was misused for criminal purposes.

    To see if you are impacted visit facebookbreach.eu

    To learn more and register for the Mass Action visit digitalrights.ie

    And to help us out and get the non plug version of these podcasts (and lots of exclusives) please at patreon.com/tortoiseshack

    • 18 min
    Tortoise Shack Sunday Special #38: The Valproate Scandal

    Tortoise Shack Sunday Special #38: The Valproate Scandal

    We just finished recording our Live Sunday Special. Martin and I were joined by investigative journalist with Noteworthy, Maria Delaney to discuss her recent story about the ongoing Valproate scandal. Full story HERE



    We were also joined by Dr Sharon Lambert, but unfortunately we had some WiFi issues!



    We discussed the shrinking bank market, tax haven Ireland, public servant pay rises, Leo Varadkar interviewed under caution, vaccine kite flying and the new contract in Public Health.



    Maybe consider supporting Noteworthy HERE.



    Thanks for joining us and we hope to see you next week by joining us at patreon.com/tortoiseshack

    • 46 min
    513. #SaveAymanMoussa with Ibrahim Halawa

    513. #SaveAymanMoussa with Ibrahim Halawa

    It was great to be rejoined in the tortoise shack by aspiring lawyer and human rights activist, Ibrahim Halawa. We just wish it was under different circumstances. Ibrahim tells us about Ayman Moussa, who was arrested in Oct 2013 and was sentenced to 15 years in prison.



    Ibrahim describes the young bright and academically and athletically accomplished man he met in prison and tells us about some of the ordeals he endured. Ayman was imprisoned at 19 and is now 27. But we can help. Check out Ibrahim's twitter @IbrahimHalawa13 and you can sign the petition calling for a Presidential Pardon HERE.



    For access to all Tortoise Shack podcasts (plug free!) join us at patreon.com/tortoiseshack

    • 20 min
    105. Undervalued in COVID: The Voices of Educators

    105. Undervalued in COVID: The Voices of Educators

    This Reboot Republic podcast talks to a panel of special needs assistants, teachers, and early years educators. Rory is joined by guest co-host Jana Lyons, primary teacher and trade union activist.



    They talk with Carol McSherry, Equality Officer in Forsa Union, SNAs Speak Out, Linda O Sullivan, SNA and Co founder SNA advocacy Group, Deborah Reynolds, Early Childhood Teacher, Galway and union activist with Big Start Ireland, Andrew Phelan, PE Teacher, ASTI member and host of the Inside Our Schools Podcast, and Christopher Davey, Teacher of Science and ASTI Representative.



    The panel discuss the change in vaccine roll out with these workers who are working with huge classes and groups of children, some in very close contact, are at significant risk, and should remain a priority in the vaccine roll out. They also discuss how few mitigation and public health support measures have been put in place in education and early years and they have been made to 'plough on as normal in an abnormal situation of a global pandemic- they're told open a window and hope for the best.'



    They talk about the substitution crisis, large class sizes, underinvestment and low pay in education and early years. They also highlight the need for solidarity across the education community - staff and parents - to counter the blame game and demonisation of education providers. And of course, to be part of a trade union, to stand up for workers rights, and be able to organise and highlight these issues.



    Support this podcast, please, by going to patreon.com/tortoiseshack

    • 1 hr 14 min

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