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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

    • News
    • 4.8 • 222 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

    Sunday Special #42 – Gaza, Housing and Up the Workers

    Sunday Special #42 – Gaza, Housing and Up the Workers

    Earlier we recorded a packed Sunday Special in front of a live online audience of our supporters. As always, it was the best podcast of the week.



    This week Martin, Vicky and myself were joined by Trade Unionist, Activist and podcaster (The Week at Work) Michelle Byrne, Mr Irish election projections himself, Harry McEvansoneya and Gaza based journalist, Hana Salah, to discus Irish Politics, Debenhams Strikers, the latest from on the ground in Gaza and more. Then journalist Killian Woods, joined us to talk about his story in the Sunday Business Post about the Irish Govt investing in 2019 in the very funds they are saying they want to limit now. As always, it's the most fun podcast of the week.

    Thanks to all our guests and members for the comments and chat.



    To attend these regular podcasts and get the full ad free episode join us at patreon.com/tortoiseshack

    • 54 min
    539. Gaza at Breaking Point

    539. Gaza at Breaking Point

    (TW: This short podcast contains audio that some listeners may find distressing)



    We were joined by our friend in Gaza, journalist Hana Salah to get an update on the tragic events of the last 24 hours and on the status of any peace talks. Hana outlines what has happened and why the Palestinian demands have only increased as the bombardments have done more and more devastating damage.



    We talk about the targeting of the AP and Aljazeera offices and why the International Community needs to do more. This is a hugely stressful situation and I'm sure listeners will benefit from hearing this.



    As Hana said herself, 'being safe doesn't mean being okay'.



    Please support the tortoise shack and help us keep going by joining us at patreon.com/tortoiseshack

    • 17 min
    538. The Worst Night – Gaza Under Attack

    538. The Worst Night – Gaza Under Attack

    We were up early talking with our friend in Gaza, journalist, Hana Salah. She explained how the relentless air strikes have forced families from homes and into already overcrowded areas, in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.



    Hana outlines the current situation, with Israeli soldiers amassing on the border, and why she feels an invasion will not happen at this stage. She also tells us how some of the air strikes have destroyed Gaza's internal economic and banking system.



    Finally she talks about the toll this is having on her and why she is grateful for the support of people outside of Palestine and Gaza.



    Get early access to podcasts like this, as well as lots of exclusive content at patreon.com/tortoiseshack

    • 25 min
    537. Gaza Under Attack with Hana Salah

    537. Gaza Under Attack with Hana Salah

    TW: This podcast contains audio that some listeners may find disturbing



    We've just finished recording another podcast with our friend in Gaza, journalist, Hana Salah. She talks us through what has been happening since we last spoke and I have to be honest, I'm finding it very hard to compose myself as the sound of explosions were far too close and the fear has me shaking.



    An important listen.



    Please, if you can support acted.org for children in Palestine.

    • 31 min
    535. Jerusalem Day and Palestine Under Fire

    535. Jerusalem Day and Palestine Under Fire

    Regular listeners of the tortoise shack would be familiar with our friend and frequent contributor, Gaza based journalist, Hana Salah.



    As tensions in the region have been rising over the last few days, with evictions of Palestinians from their homes in East Jerusalem and attempts to stop Muslims praying at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, things have tragically escalated this evening as nine people, including 3 children, were killed in an Israeli air strike on North Gaza.



    Hana joined us during a brief moment of calm, but was under time pressure as electricity has been turned off in Gaza, to explain what has brought us to this place, what the Palestinian Factions demands are and how the International Community has failed to speak out against human rights and economic violations.



    Please listen and maybe donate HERE



    No patreon shouts just please raise your voice for justice.

    • 22 min
    533. Housing Insecurity with Mary Coogan & Mark O’Halloran

    533. Housing Insecurity with Mary Coogan & Mark O’Halloran

    The sale of 170 houses to an Investment Fund has sparked a conversation amongst the public that listeners of the shack will have been having for several years. But what does Generation Rent and the Locked-out Generation really mean?



    To discuss this we were joined in the Tortoise Shack by activist and long-time friend of the pod, Mary Coogan and Actor and Writer, Mark O'Hallorhan. Mary outlines the ordeal she had as a single woman in getting mortgage approval, only to find that there are no homes available in her price range. Mark talks about how he, as a renter, faces the prospect of having to work forever with no security of tenure or prospect of a rent based on his income.



    They both share their stories, fears, hopes and solutions. This is a fantastic insight into cohorts that don't fit the 'nuclear family' and as you'd imagine, packed with heart. Give it a listen.



    Support this podcast (we need your help) by joining us at patreon.com/tortoiseshack

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
222 Ratings

222 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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Excellent!

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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