Dissecting Empire – Richard Gott

In the Guardian journalist and writer Richard Gott examines the revived nationalist ideology of the British Empire as the world’s only “good empire” and how it is gaining ground in modern Britain. “In his speech to the Conservative party conference this month, David Cameron looked back with Tory nostalgia to the days of empire: “Britannia didn’t rule the waves… Read More Dissecting Empire – Richard Gott

Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil – The Irish News Media And The Sam Smyth Scandal

As many regular readers may know (you are there, aren’t you?) I frequently bang on about the inequities of the “media establishment” in Ireland. In general I pretty much loathe ‘em, the whole right-wing, faux liberal, elitist Anglo shower. Bah! But for those of you who ask, “A Shionnach, but why?”, here, in several easily digestible paragraphs,… Read More Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil – The Irish News Media And The Sam Smyth Scandal

Enter Bagman

The damage delivered to Seán Gallagher’s presidential ambitions as a result of the revelations on RTÉ’s Frontline Presidential Debate is continuing to send disruptive ripples across the media and bloggosphere but it remains to be seen if the outcome will prove fatal. Gallagher was accused by Martin McGuinness of personally receiving a five thousand euro cheque from a local businessman… Read More Enter Bagman

From The People Who Brought You The IMF And The ECB – President Gallagher

Well, we’re in the final stretch of the race for Áras in Uachtaráin and it is claimed that the great Irish public, or at least a sizeable minority of it, may have decided to plump for the “Independent” candidate Seán Gallagher. No amount of revelations about his decades old allegiance to Fianna Fáil, his receipt of government largesse through investments in his companies or membership of cushy quango boards,… Read More From The People Who Brought You The IMF And The ECB – President Gallagher

An Chatalóin – Catalonia, That Other Iberian Struggle

 With all the focus on the Basque Country over the last week it has been easy to forget that other separatist struggle on the Iberian Peninsula, in Catalonia. The Guardian carries a timely reminder of the progressive nationalist forces that have captured public imagination in the autonomous region:  “It is an unlikely age to step… Read More An Chatalóin – Catalonia, That Other Iberian Struggle

Fine Gael, “No Irish Here!” – A Flashback From 1938

The wonderful Irish Election Literature blog does it again with this Fine Gael election poster from 1938 protesting against “Migrants” in County Meath. That’s Irish-speaking migrants, as FG opposes the breaking up of large estates held by absentee landlords to create the Ráth Chairn Gaeltacht or Irish speaking community in Meath.  Good to see that… Read More Fine Gael, “No Irish Here!” – A Flashback From 1938

ETA Declares “Cessation Of Its Armed Activity”

The headlines carry the news of the much anticipated declaration of a permanent end to all military operations by ETA, the Basque guerrilla organisation. From a report in the Irish Times:  “EUSKADI TA Askatasuna (Eta or Basque Country and Liberty) last night made a long-awaited announcement, which it describes as “historic”: its “armed activity” has… Read More ETA Declares “Cessation Of Its Armed Activity”

Anglophone Intolerance Speaks The Same Language – In Scotland Or Ireland

Just in case you thought it was safe to speak the Scottish language in Scotland along comes journalist Gina Davidson with an anti-Gaelic diatribe in the Scotsman that twists logic and reason to breaking point: “CAST your mind back a couple of years to the council’s school closures programme. After all the wailing and knashing of… Read More Anglophone Intolerance Speaks The Same Language – In Scotland Or Ireland

Hail To Nova Scotia

Interesting news in the Scotsman highlighting the international dimension that is increasingly important to the two main Gaelic languages, Irish and Scottish. In this case it is the latter as a Canadian Gael is awarded for his Scottish language poetry and writing.  “AN international dimension was brought to this year’s Royal National Mod in Stornoway… Read More Hail To Nova Scotia

Seán Gallagher And Health Rights USA

I wrote a substantial piece earlier dealing with the Fianna Fáil background of the “Independent” presidential candidate Seán Gallagher, a background which dates to the early 1980s. However in my researches some weeks ago I came across some information that I have been debating whether or not to discuss. Firstly it is (as far as I can tell) a strictly personal matter for Mr. Gallagher and therefore should be off-limits. Politics… Read More Seán Gallagher And Health Rights USA

Seán Gallagher – A Fianna Fáil Sockpuppet?

If one were to believe the polls (and some commentators) the “Independent” candidate for the presidency, Seán Gallagher, may be a serious contender for becoming the next Uachtarán na hÉireann. We are told that he is well-ahead of his nearest rival, Labour’s Michael D. Higgins; so much so that the Higgins’ campaign came up with a rather slick trick to downgrade the other… Read More Seán Gallagher – A Fianna Fáil Sockpuppet?

A Majority In Scotland Now Favour Independence?

A newspaper poll in Britain has shown an astonishing increase in support for Scottish independence, with up to 49% of voters in Scotland favouring the drive for autonomy (however these percentages do come with a hefty caveat). The London-based Independent on Sunday commissioned the survey of voters in Scotland and across the island of Britain: “Alex Salmond’s… Read More A Majority In Scotland Now Favour Independence?

Michael D. Higgins: “Hamas Is More Advanced Than The IRA”

What a week it’s been in the race for the Áras. We’ve had a mystery whodunit (Dana), a shocking televised trial (McGuinness), an uncomfortable tragicomedy (Norris), a disturbing authoritarian drama (Mitchell), some touchie-feelie fuzziness (Higgins), an Irish version of The Hills-meets-The Kardashians (Davis), and a really bad memory act (Seán Gallagher). Indeed it is to the latter candidate… Read More Michael D. Higgins: “Hamas Is More Advanced Than The IRA”

Labour Versus British Unionists – A Snapshot Of Irish Political History

The wonderful Irish Election Literature blog carries a 1938 anti-Fianna Fáil leaflet from the Irish Labour Party, that also targets the remnants of the British Unionist minority in the South. It is a timely reminder of the political forces that were still extant in the early days of an independent Ireland when the British ethnic minority formed an… Read More Labour Versus British Unionists – A Snapshot Of Irish Political History

Slugger, McGregor And Moloney. Controversy In Bloggerdom

Well, it’s all kicking off at the well-known Irish news and current affairs blog Slugger O’Toole. Long term writer Mark McGregor has quit the site in a disagreement over its editorial line administered by owner Mick Fealty, with a statement posted on Wednesday: “Due to an editorial stance I cannot agree with that may leave readers assuming my integrity is open… Read More Slugger, McGregor And Moloney. Controversy In Bloggerdom