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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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    • News
    • 4.8 • 235 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

    966. We’re All Brothers and Sisters

    966. We’re All Brothers and Sisters

    Listeners will be familiar with our guest, Chair of United Against Racism, Memet Uludag, and his work in countering the far right in Ireland. What is news to most is that he was recently in Lesbos, Greece, for the (sham)trial of 24 people charged with all sorts of trumped up charges for trying to help save people from drowning in EU waters.

    He tells us about the trial, the refugee camps, the EU's double standards and the common thread of kindness that links all people. While the subject matter is a bit dark, the hope is brighter.

    Please join us at patreon.com/tortoiseshack

    • 41 min
    968. Help! – The Mother and Baby Home Redress Scheme

    968. Help! – The Mother and Baby Home Redress Scheme

    It was a pleasure to be rejoined on the podcast by Mother and Baby Home survivor, writer and actor, Noelle Brown and human rights barrister and pro-bono co-director of clannproject.ie, Dr Maeve O'Rourke. We just wish it was under better circumstances.

    On Wednesday the government will attempt to ram through a redress scheme based on the High Court discredited Mother and Baby Homes Report that will see up to 40% of the people impacted excluded! This cannot happen.

    While the amounts are derisory, (forced separation of mother and child is €5,000) the scheme itself only adds insult to injury and compounds the trauma suffered by our brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, mothers and fathers. Please let your TD know that this is not good enough. Please click http://clannproject.org/redress_scheme/ and show your support.

    • 29 min
    960. There Are No Grownup’s in the Room with Prof Richard Murphy

    960. There Are No Grownup’s in the Room with Prof Richard Murphy

    Scandal, scandal, and scandal. What has 2023 got in store for the UK, and how might that impact us? Rejoining me in the tortoise shack to answer these questions is listener-favourite, Prof Richard Murphy.

    We look at the NHS under pressure, Rishi Sunak's unhelpful pledges, Labour's lightweight opposition and what lies ahead for climate action, housing policy and health.

    Please join us at patreon.com/tortoiseshack

    • 49 min
    955. The Most Far Right Government in Israeli History?

    955. The Most Far Right Government in Israeli History?

    Benjamin Netanyahu is back and he's brought some of the most controversial people with him. So much so that tens of thousands took to the streets in Israel in protests, and yet this January has been the most deadly for Palestinians since records began.

    Joining me to discuss the new government, their priority of expanding illegal settlements and what that means for Palestinian's is Gaza-based journalist, Issam Adwan. We discuss life under the blockade, the EU/Israel relationship and the dangers he faces while simply trying to do his job.

    Please join us at patreon.com/tortoiseshack

    • 31 min
    956. What’s Ahead for Housing in 2023 with Killian Woods

    956. What’s Ahead for Housing in 2023 with Killian Woods

    With far right elements pushing blame for the housing crisis towards people seeking international protection, rather than decades of bad government housing policy, 2023 could be a very volatile year. Joining us to discuss where the Govts Homes For All plan is at and what might be ahead, is Senior Business Reporter with the Business Post, Killian Woods.

    We talk REIT's slowing down, Air BnB non-compliance, construction costs, who was at the recent housing summit and more importantly, who was not.

    Please join us to get this podcasts plea free and as they're done at patreon.com/tortoiseshack

    • 43 min
    950. War Crimes in Ukraine

    950. War Crimes in Ukraine

    Listeners will recall Executive Director with Irish Rule of Law, Aonghus Kelly, last spoke to us about taking a sabbatical from his role and going to Ukraine to work with the EU's Advisory Mission into war crimes and other atrocities taking place following the Russian invasion. Well he's home for a few days and dropped into the tortoise shack to tell us how it's going and what life is like in Kyiv.

    We also discuss the state of human rights law internationally, discussing Palestine, Morocco, Afghanistan, Iran, the Climate Crisis and the role Law plays or doesn't in addressing the various challenges.

    Please join us at patreon.com/tortoiseshack

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
235 Ratings

235 Ratings

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Fantastic

One of the best Irish pods out there covering all kinds of topics and current goings on. Really well worth listening to. (especially their Patreon.) Get it in your ears!

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Great content

News and analysis from the left, informative and good craic, a must listen

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The lads always have amazing guests and great topics, and are always at the forefront of current affairs. Would highly recommend!

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