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The original independent news, politics and culture podcast that doesn’t take itself too seriously and yet punches well above its weight. Join critically acclaimed & derided hosts Tony Groves and Martin McMahon as they delve into the news of the day, pull apart the spin and bluster and bring unedited corporate free unapologetic realism to the things that matter. in the . There will be shenanigans!
 
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In this important episode of Policed the Beat Vicky goes on a solo run, talking through one aspect of GSOC's 2021 Annual Report - data on deaths in custody. It's the first time we've been given such data ever. Vicky talks through what it means, but also the serious questions it generates. Do listen and recommend us!Join us at patreon.com/tortoisesh…
 
(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 …
 
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 …
 
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 Isr…
 
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 …
 
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 impose…
 
On this episode of Policed The Beat, Vicky is joined by Echo Chamber Cohost, Tony Groves and Director of UglyMugs.ie, Lucy Smith. They discuss the recent story in the Irish Examiner by Aoife Moore - Hundreds of reports of men claiming to be Gardaí attacking sex workers - Here:https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-40858064.htmlLucy talks about the…
 
While the Government are trying to give assurances about the ownership of the National Maternity Hospital, the public, several politicians and many legal experts are far from convinced. Joining me to discuss the #MakeNMHOurs campaign and their deep concerns over the lack of transparency and many aspects of this deal are Bernie Linnane, Karen Sugrue…
 
Why we need Personal Assistant Services with James Cawley of ILMIThis Reboot Republic talks to the always wonderful James Cawley, policy officer with Independent Living Movement Ireland (ILMI) and proud disabled person, about the ILMI's campaign for Personal Assistant Services for disabled people, to be available as a right.The ILMI is led by disab…
 
For over a year now, Echo Chamber Cohost Martin McMahon has been digging into an issue he spotted with the Public Services Card. Thanks to the great work of investigative reporter at Noteworthy/The Journal, Maria Delaney, we can now reveal what is massive state surveillance that has no legal basis. Martin, Maria and Data Solicitor, Simon McGarr joi…
 
It was a pleasure to be joined by Dublin Inquirer Reporter, Shamim Malekmian, Prison Officer Whistleblower, Noel McGree and Martin for our rundown of the week that was. We discuss the State failing to recognise Climate Refugees, the investigation into Prison catering services, the US student debt campaign's links to Ireland, a terrible week for Rod…
 
It was a pleasure to be joined on the tortoise shack by human rights campaigner, proud Traveller and activist, Rose Marie Maughan, to hear about the reality behind the shocking quality of life statistics that she shares as part of her activism.We discuss how Traveller children are traumatised by the education system and decades of neglect. We discu…
 
Director of the Cork Life Centre, Don O'Leary came up from Cork to join me onstage for a very special live podcast. We discuss how a man who was arrested and imprisoned for treason goes on to be an educator and incredible advocate for children who have suffered Adverse Childhood Experiences.We discuss him receiving a terminal diagnosis and deciding…
 
As part of our ongoing coverage of the Assembly Elections, I was joined by Belfast Lord Mayor and the Alliance Party candidate for South Belfast, Kate Nicholl. We discuss why at 35 weeks pregnant she is campaigning for what she believes can be a "only way is up" future for her city. We discuss the opportunities in a working Stormont and what she wo…
 
Belfast City Cllr and Green Party candidate for East Belfast, Brian Smyth joined me to tell me why he was running and what he's hearing on the campaign trail. He talks about linking left-environmentalism to health, housing and social mobility. We talk about the media imbalance, the NI Protocol, cultural identity and much, much more. Join us at patr…
 
Martin got up long enough to chat with regular contributor Loyalist, Unionist and Lefty, Sam Mcilwaine about the upcoming Assembly Elections.As always Sam gives a great insight into the concerns of the electorate and of his community. Interestingly while the NI Protocol is certainly a concern, it is far from the most important one. We also get into…
 
I've just finished talking with Editor of Slugger O'Toole, Mick Fealty, about the upcoming Stormont Elections. Mick talks about the state of play, the "dreaded" border poll, where voters are looking beyond identity politics and what he sees as the outcome of what has been called the most important election in Northern Ireland's history. Join us at …
 
Madrid based Professor and long-time contributor, Joe Haslam was in Dublin for a few days, so he kindly dropped into the tortoise shack for an in person podcast. We discussed the impact the war on Ukraine has had on the internal politics of Spain and what it has meant for their already EU leading ambitions towards structural climate action. We disc…
 
If you knew that a train was steaming towards you, you'd get out of the way. So why are we so slow in acting to avoid the incoming climate crisis?Joining me to discuss this and their new book, Supercharge Me, are Corinne Sawers and Eric Lonergan. They outline the steps that are viable now that will not only speed up the actions needed around renewa…
 
(Recorded and released for members on Tuesday Apr 12th)Today we witnessed an unprecedented international police action against the Kinahan Drug and Crime Group. Joining me to discuss this and the implications are two of the people who have done so much work on this story and helped make sure that the ugly facts were reported, no matter how much spo…
 
Earlier today Volodymr Zelenskiy addressed the Oireachtas and pleaded for EU States to do more. Joining me to discuss what that 'more' means is Ukrainian MP Lesia Vasylenko.Lesia, as a native of Kyiv, talks passionately about the heartbreaking details emerging from the towns and suburbs like Bucha and Iprin that she knows so well. Her anger and hur…
 
This morning the CJEU ruled that the mobile data retained and used in the murder trial of Graham Dwyer was obtained contrary to EU and indeed Irish law. Joining me to discuss this is Trinity College Dublin Assoc Prof of Law, Dr Eoin O'Dell. Eoin explains what the judgement says and what the implications are for the State and this case. He outlines …
 
This is my conversation with Dr Austin O'Carroll from the Tortoise Shack Live in March. We talk about how things that were supposed to be impossible just got done during the dark days of the pandemic and how the State now want us to forget that. Austin talks about who teaching people in a Trauma Informed way can change and save lives. We discuss cl…
 
The news that both Antarctica and the Arctic are currently experiencing heatwaves was a reminder that the climate crisis pays no attention to the news cycle. Rejoining us on the podcast is climate activist, journalist, commentator and no friend of lobbyists, John Gibbons.We discuss what is happening and what it means for energy and food security. W…
 
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