The BBC can do Irish but RTÉ can't

The Embarrassment Of Being Irish

So after eighteen years of an online presence our self-proclaimed “national public service broadcaster”, RTÉ, has finally got around to providing a web-based Irish language news site (though you might have to search through the RTÉ homepage to find it). I suppose one should welcome the move as a sign of more demand driving more … Continue reading

Albain (Scotland)
The-All-Ireland-Percentage-Vote-For-The-European-Parliament-2014

Joan Burton, Minister For Amnesia

Joan Burton, the unapologetic “minister for austerity” and now Labour Party leader on the (unlikely) possibility of Sinn Féin being elected to government in 2016, via TheJournal: ““In my view if people were to give control of the economy to Sinn Féin then they might as well hand the keys of the country back to … Continue reading

An Chatalóin (Catalonia)

New Europe Defies Old Europe

Last Thursday over 1.8 million men, women and children took to the streets of Barcelona demanding independence for Catalonia in a mass demonstration that is being heralded as the largest political rally in the history of modern Europe. Surpassing previous events huge crowds thronged the Catalan capital defying the opprobrium of the Spanish government and press. From a report by Al Jazeera: … Continue reading

Ian Paisley leading a parade of British extremists in 1974, seven days after British terrorists carried out a series of car-bomb attacks that killed and maimed scores of people

Ian Paisley 1926-2014

There is an Irish tradition that if you have nothing good to say of the dead then say nothing. That is what springs to mind in relation to the passing of the self-declared reverend Ian Paisley, probably the most iconic leader of British Unionism in Ireland in the latter half of the twentieth century. If … Continue reading

Alex Salmond

Lies, Damned Lies, And The British News Media

Early yesterday morning Scotland’s first minister, Alex Salmond, held a lengthy Q&A with the Scottish, British and international news media in Edinburgh. It was one of his better performances in the referendum campaign, despite the overt animosity of the visiting contingent of London reporters. So given the comprehensive nature of the event it is quite extraordinary to see how supposedly non-partisan journalists from the major … Continue reading

Scotland, England, Wales

John Prescott, A Metaphor For Failed Britain

As the referendum campaign on Scottish independence enters its closing days Lord John Prescott, the former Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, holder of half-a-dozen senior cabinet posts and deputy leader of the British Labour Party, visited Scotland to drum up support for the Unionist cause. On the back of his hand was written the … Continue reading

Alba Gu Brath - Scotland Forever. Thousands attend Scottish independence rally, Edinbugh, Scotland, 2012 (Photo: Wings Over Scotland)

An Leabhar Beag Gorm, The Little Blue Book

Last week Wilson McLeod took to the website Bella Caledonia to criticise the glaring absence of the native Scottish (Gaelic) language from the referendum on independence in Scotland. In a well argued piece he attacked the off-hand treatment of Scottish-speaking communities and citizens by the SNP-led “Yes” campaign and the dismissal of their requests for … Continue reading

Protesting Aboriginal or Native Australian rights in Australia

Australia’s Shame

Native Australians make up just 2% of Australia’s population but form an incredible 26% of the national prison population, rising to 90% in some regions. That is a shocking indictment of the continental nation’s relations with its indigenous peoples. Something is very, very wrong in the land down under and Vice magazine highlights one particular … Continue reading

An Bhreatain Bheag - Cymru - Wales

Solidarity From Wales, Go For It Scotland

A quick heads-up for a rally by the Welsh Go For It Scotland – Ewch Amdani Alba campaign group in support of Scotland’s bid for independence to be held at 2pm outside the Senedd in Cardiff on Saturday 13th of September. A good showing is expected and it would be great to see a mass … Continue reading

The Celtic Nations

Scotland Requires Some Gaelic Solidarity

Until recent weeks the Irish media was relatively quiet on events in Scotland expecting, like most commentators around the globe, for the British Unionist “No” campaign to defeat the SNP-led “Yes” side in the upcoming referendum on independence. That was certainly the given wisdom based upon the confidence of the metropolitan elites in London and the … Continue reading

English versus An Ghaeilge

The Irrational Nature Of The Anti-Irish Bigots

Have some indigenous Gaelic moles crept into the hallowed Hibernophobe halls of Independent House, publishers of the Indo stable of newspapers? A couple of weeks ago we witnessed some atypically discrimination-free commentary on the rights of Irish-speaking citizens from Clare Cullen in the Irish Independent. Now we have radio reviewer Darragh McManus offering some more sane opinions in the same … Continue reading

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