309 episodes

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 by Tortoise Shack Media Tortoise Shack Media

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    • 4.8 • 229 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

    810. US Debt Landmines and Irish Pitfalls

    810. US Debt Landmines and Irish Pitfalls

    It was a pleasure to be rejoined on the tortoise shack by Press Secretary for the US Debt Collective, Braxton Bevington, to discuss the latest in what is happening in the labyrinthine misery inducing US student debt "market."

    President Biden has pledged to address this in what is seen as a populist move in advance of the midterm elections. Braxton tells us that they are less that impressed by the plans as they will not take into account socioeconomic circumstances and is ultimately unjust.

    In Irish terms this is very significant as the main scandal embroiled company handling this debt, Maximus, have recently lobbied the Irish government to handle "job activation" schemes. Watch this space.

    Join us at patreon.com/tortoiseshack

    • 30 min
    811. Maternal Death Enquiries with Dr Jo Murphy-Lawless

    811. Maternal Death Enquiries with Dr Jo Murphy-Lawless

    (It is no exaggeration to say that this is one of the most shocking and important podcasts we've ever done. But it does contain details that some listeners may find disturbing)

    Joining us on the tortoise shack is Research Fellow at NUI Galway, Dr Jo Murphy-Lawless for a conversation you simply must listen to. Jo tells us about the underlying crisis and the current structures that are incapable/unwilling to resolve them within our health service.

    We discuss the patriarchal cabal that profits from the current system, the troubling "silver teapot" mindset in some areas of care and the outrageous lack of transparency around tragic maternal deaths. There is so much more in this, please do listen. We were shocked.

    Check out the Elephant Collective on twitter @El_Collective

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    • 1 hr 1 min
    808. Is the Property Bubble About to go Pop?

    808. Is the Property Bubble About to go Pop?

    With interest rates heading up, inflation zooming ahead and US banks laying off mortgage staff we asked Colorado based economist, Constantin Gurdgiev what he thought was happening in the housing system, both in Ireland and globally.

    We talk about the danger for Ireland's beggar thy neighbour tax regime and the shrinking of globalisation. Constantin outlines the dangers of recession and the balancing game Central Banks are playing between quelling inflation and killing the economy. We also talk Ukraine and the energy crisis that is here to stay as we divest from Russian fossil fuels.

    Join us at patreon.com/tortoiseshack

    • 47 min
    813. We Are Not Numbers – Gaza, Palestine with Enas Fares Ghannam

    813. We Are Not Numbers – Gaza, Palestine with Enas Fares Ghannam

    It was a pleasure to talk with Project Manager of wearenotnumbers.org, Enas Fares Ghannam on what is coincidentally the 74th Nakba Day.

    Enas explains the work they do and how telling personal stories gives a voice to the voiceless. We discuss the killing of "iconic and beloved" journalist, Shireen Abu Akleh and the shameful acts of aggression by Israeli police at her funeral. She tells me about what Shireen meant to her as a young woman and to so many of her friends and colleagues.

    We also talk about the Nakba and Enas shares her families story and explains to me how the events of that day continue to shape the present.

    You can support the We Are Not Numbers project at:https://wearenotnumbers.org/get-involved/

    Join us at patreon.com/tortoiseshack

    • 27 min
    812. Get Your Rosaries Off Our Ovaries: The National Maternity Hospital with Mary Coughlan

    812. Get Your Rosaries Off Our Ovaries: The National Maternity Hospital with Mary Coughlan

    It was a pleasure to be joined by singer, songwriter and longtime activist, Mary Coughlan in advance of tomorrow's National Maternity Hospital Rally.

    In this short podcast Mary talks about her history of standing up against Church and State and why recent events around the world show us why it is essential that we do not allow a public hospital be privately owned.

    See you at the Rally tomorrow.

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    • 16 min
    806. The Anti-War Arrests

    806. The Anti-War Arrests

    You might have seen this week that Octogenarian Anti-War Activists, Ken Mayers and Tarak Kauff were found guilty of interfering with the operation, management or safety of Shannon airport.

    Joining me to discuss this and their treatment by the Irish State is spokesperson for Shannonwatch, Edward Horgan. We discuss the fine of €10,000 that was imposed in addition to them already having received other penalties. Edward talks about the anti-war movement and Ireland's neutrality through the prisim of our role in assisting the US War Machine.

    You can support Shannonwatch here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/u7p6wj-support-vets-fighting-us-war-machine-in-ireland?fbclid=IwAR0-CnXnaqmBoKRxOFKW5wDN38MrtcVL8lCrX7ml2ES-jFYWbeRZNY1Jupw

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    • 14 min

Customer Reviews

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229 Ratings

229 Ratings

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