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Monthly Archives: October, 2011

The Right To Talk – The Right To Teach

Talking of indigenous languages and education, while in Ireland our political parties make the right noises while purposely doing none of the right things, in Scotland they have their priorities … Continue reading

October 31, 2011

The Truth About Irish

The policies of all political parties in Ireland on the issue of the Irish language are bullshit. Complete and utter. There, I’ve said it. There is not a single political … Continue reading

October 31, 2011 · 2 Comments

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 … Continue reading

October 31, 2011 · 1 Comment

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 … Continue reading

October 30, 2011

One Race But Three Victors

Well its all over bar the shouting (or gnashing of teeth) and three clear victors have emerged from the election for the next President of Ireland. First and foremost of course is Labour’s Michael D. Higgins … Continue reading

October 29, 2011 · 4 Comments

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 … Continue reading

October 26, 2011

Irish Pigs In The Daily Mail

British journo Ian Birrell carries a lengthy rant against Martin McGuinness in the “Right Minds” section of the Daily Mail, a suitably right-wing British newspaper. It is replete with plenty of … Continue reading

October 24, 2011 · 1 Comment

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 … Continue reading

October 24, 2011 · 1 Comment

Not One Small Victory But Three

  Some days it is nice to be reminded that the Gaelic languages are not just national languages, but international ones too. So to three stories that highlight those who … Continue reading

October 22, 2011

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 … Continue reading

October 22, 2011

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 … Continue reading

October 21, 2011 · 4 Comments

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 … Continue reading

October 21, 2011

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 … Continue reading

October 21, 2011 · 9 Comments

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 … Continue reading

October 20, 2011

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 … Continue reading

October 18, 2011

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 … Continue reading

October 17, 2011 · 1 Comment

Nuacht1 – And A Real Irish Script

    Irish news aggregator Nuacht1 is available in both the Irish and English languages but the most interesting version is the third option, one in the Irish alphabet Seanchló. It’s really nice to … Continue reading

October 17, 2011

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 … Continue reading

October 16, 2011 · 1 Comment

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 … Continue reading

October 16, 2011 · 3 Comments

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 … Continue reading

October 15, 2011

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 … Continue reading

October 13, 2011 · 7 Comments

Playing The Race Card In Ireland

Poor old Kevin Myers is at it again: propagating his “race theory” of Irish politics (and society) thanks to the platform provided to him by his acolytes in the Independent … Continue reading

October 12, 2011 · 8 Comments

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