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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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    • 4.8 • 224 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

    572. CETA, Dublin Bay South, Housing and Climate Action with Lynn Boylan

    572. CETA, Dublin Bay South, Housing and Climate Action with Lynn Boylan

    Sinn Féin Senator and candidate in the Dublin Bay South by-election, Lynn Boylan, joined us to talk about her taking a legal case to test the constitutionality of the EU-Canada trade deal CETA,and the Tanaiste's reaction to her doing so. We also discuss her campaign for a seat in what is a Fine Gael heartland, the Climate Action Bill, Irish Unity on the agenda and housing, housing, housing.

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    • 37 min
    567. A Working Class Socialist Unionist Voice

    567. A Working Class Socialist Unionist Voice

    As hundreds of people marched, and burned a United Ireland banner, in Belfast yesterday evening, we sat down to talk with self-described "ordinary working class, Protestant, socialist-Unionist", Sam Mcilwaine.

    Sam outlines what Loyalism and Unionism means to him and how it fits with his socialist political views. We discuss culture and his British identity and the feeling in his community that they haven't been invited to the table, merely issued an ultimatum to do so.

    We explore the issues around a shared island and Sam preaches caution and, while a proponent of democratic values, points out that there are some in his community who will not accept the changes that look to be in the future. A fascinating conversation and the first of what we hope will be many more.

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    • 50 min
    569. #MicaRedress with Eamonn Jackson

    569. #MicaRedress with Eamonn Jackson

    It was a pleasure to be joined on the tortoise shack by the Chairperson of the Mica Action Group, himself an affected homeowner, Eamonn Jackson, to discuss the campaign seeking 100% redress for the thousands of families impacted by this latest building standards scandal.

    Eamonn outlines the seriousness of the issue that has been happening since at least the early 2000's, and has continued up until recently. He speaks about the failure of the State to implement supervision of the blocks and how a 2010 change in the regulations changed nothing in real terms.

    Please do support the campaign by sharing and tweeting your TD's using #MicaRedress

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    • 30 min
    Tortoise Shack Sunday Special 46

    Tortoise Shack Sunday Special 46

    We've just finished another terrific Live Sunday Special as Dr Vicky Conway led Martin and Tony, along with our special guests, Janet Ní Shúilleabháin and Tómas Ryan, through the week that was. We talked the ongoing reopening, the variant dangers, long-COVID and the States failure to deal with it, the Mother and Baby Homes Report, Women still having to travel for healthcare, the opinion polls and the fake polls, the week ahead and Jan's favourite sci-fi books of the moment. It was pretty packed. Enjoy and thank you for your support and hope to see lots of you there next week.

    To come along to these regular Live podcasts join us at patreon.com/tortoiseshack

    • 48 min
    566. Bidenomics vs Fiscal Conservatives

    566. Bidenomics vs Fiscal Conservatives

    Listeners might remember last summer when we spoke with economist, hedge fund manager and co-author of Angrynomics, Eric Lonergan, about the radical steps he suggested needed to be taken by the US and the EU to prevent the worst economic damage of the COVID-19 pandemic hitting people who already feel left behind by their governments.

    So following our (Patron Only) podcast with Stephen Kinsella last week, we decided to ask Eric back on to tell us how he thinks that we are getting on. Unsurprisingly it's a mixed bag. We discuss the need to change the old economic mindset and to rip up the fiscal rules and Eric outlines how this can be done whilst creating a stake in society for everyone and tackling that polarisation and wealth gap.

    Another great conversation.

    Follow Eric on twitter @ericlonners

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    • 33 min
    563. The G7’s Tax Justice is Just Us

    563. The G7’s Tax Justice is Just Us

    It was a pleasure to be rejoined on the tortoise shack by the Head of Advocacy for the Nobel Prize nominated Global Alliance for Tax Justice, Grazielle David, to discuss the "historic" G7 decision to implement a Global minimum corporate tax rate of 15%.



    Grazielle outlines how this is not the solution to tax abuse, merely the starting point for tax justice. She explains why it won't solve the problems of tax abuse in the global south and we get an insight into why governments like our own are welcoming what should be an issue, but isn't, for our tax avoidance structures. Tax abuse means more inequality. For more click HERE.



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    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
224 Ratings

224 Ratings

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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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