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Ireland Of The Apes

Are we really so enslaved to our post-colonial neuroses, so malformed by centuries of external domination, that even after ninety years of independence we are still unable to contemplate giving equal prominence to our own language on our own road signs alongside the language of our one-time masters? And what excuses do we cushion our own pathetic feelings of … Continue reading

Geek or teicóg culture through video and computer games

Gamergate Or The Culture War By Other Means

If – like 99% of the planet – you have little knowledge of Western geek or gamer culture you’ll probably be unaware of the controversies raging over gender bias in what we used to call the video games’ industry, in particular the imaginatively named, ahem, “Gamergate”. The history of this ongoing scandal is rather complicated … Continue reading

Fianna Fáil, back from the dead ( (Photo: Séamas Ó Sionnaigh, Binn Éadair, Cúige Laighean, Éire, Meitheamh 2012)

Maíria Cahill And Micheál Martin’s Cynical Opportunism

Maíria Cahill, a member of a respected Republican family from Belfast and a former youth activist with Sinn Féin, has recently sought vindication for what she regards as unfair treatment at the hands of the (Provisional) Irish Republican Army – and Sinn Féin – during the late 1990s and early 2000s. She has convincingly argued … Continue reading

Sinn Féin

Maíria Cahill And Gerry Adams

One of the rarely discussed facets of the generational war which disfigured the north-east of Ireland from the mid-1960s to the late 1990s (or early 2000s) was the widespread – if not quite common – sexual abuse or exploitation of women. Those engaged in such activities included members and supporters of all the belligerent parties … Continue reading

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Kurdish Factionalism Gives Turkey And IS The Advantage

Western journalism loves to simplify things for readers and audiences at home which is why so much nonsense gets written or broadcast about faraway events in faraway places. The tripartite (quadripartite? octopartite?) conflict in Syria is a prime example, especially now that it has expanded into an already fractious Iraq. If one or more chunks … Continue reading

An Chatalóin (Catalonia)

Catalan Politics Enters New Phase

As always one must treat news reports from Russia Today (RT) with a certain degree of scepticism given the avowed political nature of the media organisation (though as we saw in Scotland’s recent independence referendum debates even the most self-proclaimed of “non-partisan” media companies have their loyalties – or know which side their bread is … Continue reading

The Native American Nations In The United States - Trapped In The USA

Native American Day

Yesterday was Columbus Day in the United States, the latterly Italian-American festival commemorating the “discovery” of the Americas by the speculative expeditions of Christopher Columbus in the 1490s. Of course for many others in the US the second Monday in October is Indigenous Peoples’ Day (or Native American Day) which marks the moment when European … Continue reading

Scary Eire

Tuairisc

A busy weekend behind me and an even busier week ahead so I haven’t had much time to discuss Tuairisc, the newly launched Irish language current affairs website which is publicly funded by Foras na Gaeilge. It’s early days for the news service – a private company contracted for four years to the tune of … Continue reading

Uisce Éireann Irish Water

Over 50,000 Protest Water Taxes

Last Wednesday I suggested that the imposition of water charges at the behest of the IMF-EU-ECB could do for the present Fine Gael – Labour coalition in Ireland what the introduction of the “poll tax” did for the ruling Conservative Party in Britain during the 1980s and ‘90s. Sure enough that prediction seems to be … Continue reading

The Roman Catholic hierarchy with John Redmond MP, the leader of the Irish Nationalist establishment, 1912

John Redmond, From Gun-Running To Civil War

In recent years the historical figure of John Redmond MP, the head of the Irish Parliamentary Party (IPP) and self-declared “leader of Nationalist Ireland” during the early stages of the 1916-23 revolution, has been elevated to the status of a contra-republican icon by the Neo-Unionist tendency of Irish journalism and politics. In the run-up to … Continue reading

Water taxation in Ireland, via Uisce Éireann or Irish Water

Water Charges, The Irish Poll Tax

In 1989 the Conservative Party government in Britain, under the premiership of Margaret Thatcher, introduced the officially regarded “community charge” or popularly despised “poll tax” into Scotland, the first step in a planned nationwide imposition. This flat-rate charge was designed to fund local government authorities across the country with the taxation set and collected locally. … Continue reading

The GPO, Dublin, Destroyed By The British Occupation Forces, 1916

The Scandal Of The 1916 Battlefield Quarter

As Dublin City Council continues to debate and prevaricate over saving what is left of the capital’s 1916 Battlefield Quarter below is a timely reminder of the background to the ongoing scandal. Would the French ponder the preservation of the Bastille or the Americans the safeguarding of Bunker Hill? Of course not but here in … Continue reading

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    Nominated 2014: Best News, Current Affairs, Politics, Mobile Blog Categories; Best Blog Post

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