The Real World Value Of Ireland’s Indigenous Language And Culture

Numerous experts in the area of language tourism have pointed to the failure of the Irish state to promote and exploit Ireland’s indigenous language and culture to encourage would-be Irish learners from Europe, North America and elsewhere to visit the country. Instead it has been left to a host of ad hoc, mostly voluntary groups … Continue reading

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No 11% Has The Right To Fix The Boundary Of A Nation

According to the Irish Examiner the North’s deputy Joint First Minister, Martin McGuinness, has called for a northern referendum on the reunification of Ireland to take place sometime between 2016 and 2021, as Sinn Féin stages a series of conferences on the political and economic benefits of unification. “In the party’s most explicit outlining of a vote … Continue reading

Less The Bomb And Bullet, More The Pound And Pence

Vote Independence, get the dole? That seems to be the message from the Scottish entrepreneur Michelle Mone who’s threatened to close her businesses in Scotland and move southward to England if a majority in the country vote to reassert their nation’s sovereignty. According to an article in the Scotsman newspaper: “SCOTTISH entrepreneur Michelle Mone has said she will … Continue reading

Latest Poll: 51% Favour Scottish Independence

According to a Sunday Express poll 51% of the voters in Scotland now support independence, the first time this percentage has been reached in a survey conducted on behalf of a national newspaper in the UK. “A CLEAR majority of people in Scotland now back independence, according to an exclusive poll for the Sunday Express. In the … Continue reading

Enda “My Oirish Brings All The Paddies To The Yard” Kenny Strikes Yet Again!

An Taoiseach na nOirish, Enda “Paddy Wants To Know” Kenny, strikes again. A man who personifies everything that is “Oirland”, a pathetic Anglo-American wannabe nation. So stick your Ireland, I’ll take Éire.

Let Us Never Forget – World Holocaust Memorial Day

Today is World Holocaust Memorial Day, and it would be wrong to let it pass without comment. Though human history has witnessed many atrocious events in its time few equal the industrialised mass murder of millions of men, women and children that took place in the centre and eastern fringes of Europe in the mid-20th century. Here is a link to an article from … Continue reading

Plaid Cymru On The Up

Plaid Cymru has reported a 23% increase in membership over the last four months as the party’s leadership contest has stirred up new interest in the future direction of the Welsh nationalist movement. The possibility that it may move away from its traditional regionalist policy towards a more progressive form of nationalism, influenced by the electoral successes of the SNP in Scotland, seems to be a … Continue reading

Cornwall Awakening

To my shame I’ve written relatively little about the nationalist movement in Cornwall, in some ways the almost forgotten nation of the modern Celtic world, but an article in the Guardian thankfully highlights some of the more recent political developments there: “When Loveday Jenkin was growing up, the Cornish flag was rarely seen. Now the white cross on a … Continue reading

From Königsberg To Kaliningrad – The Mutable Nature Of European Borders

  A fascinating article from Der Spiegel on the visit of the veteran 81 year old German and Hollywood actor Armin Mueller-Stahl to the city of his birth in what was once the German territory of East Prussia but is now the Russian region of Kaliningrad. His former hometown of Tilsit has been called Sovetsk for the last six … Continue reading

Scottish Troubles?

Two weeks ago I reported on calls by some politicians from the British (Unionist) minority in Ireland, notably former senior UUP leader John Taylor, for any future independent Scotland to be “partitioned” in order to ensure that those regions with a significant pro-British voting population were retained in the “United Kingdom”. Taylor’s exact words were: “Northern Ireland is not … Continue reading

Irish Rights Are Equals Rights – So Fight Back!

Over the last several months I have regularly highlighted the alarm felt by many in Ireland and beyond over the Fine Gael-Labour government’s attitudes to the Irish language and the Irish-speaking population of Ireland (and those who identify with both). It has become clear that the discriminatory policies adopted by Fine Gael in opposition have been carried over into government and with the connivance of … Continue reading

Native America, Native Ireland And The Culture Of Anti-Colonial Conflict

Interesting article by Native American activist Lawrence Sampson on Ireland, the United States and the culture of anti-colonial conflict – and the influences it leaves behind. “Most American Indians can tell you first hand of the litany of violent campaigns conducted on Indian land over the course of the last generation. While mainstream America and the … Continue reading

Who Remembers Sam Marshall? The Murder Of An Irish Citizen By A Foreign State

Mark McGregor examines some of the reaction to the release of veteran Irish Republican Colin Duffy following the so-called Masserene Barracks Trial in Belfast, not least amongst the online Commentariat of the British separatist minority in Ireland. From news blog Slugger O’Toole (with a post subsequently deleted) to a local Facebook Page of the PSNI paramilitary police force in the North (online posts now, carefully, redacted), the view has … Continue reading

A Second-Class Education For Second-Class Pupils

The recent announcements by the FG-Lab coalition government that is to “re-adjust” teacher-to-pupil numbers in classrooms acroos the country has drawn a groundswell of condemnation, not least in the Irish speaking communities where (surprise, surprise) the cuts are set to fall the hardest. The Irish Times carries the latest report on the reactions to the ministerial diktat: “PARENTS OF children in small Gaeltacht schools have called on the Minister … Continue reading

Troika Bagman Gets A Grilling!

Veteran Irish journalist Vincent Brown takes on the Troika bagman, Klaus Masuch, at the EU-ECB-IMF Press Conference in Dublin with some questions the Frankfurt Eurocrat would clearly prefer not to answer (like, why are the people of Ireland paying for the financial chicanery of German, French and British banks and lending houses?). Apparently Barbara Nolan, Director of the … Continue reading

Kevin Myers On President Obama: Racially, A Half And Half Mulatto

As regular readers may have gathered I’ve long regarded Kevin Myers, the British-born journalist, as one of the chief proponents of the bizarre form of anti-Irish self-hatred that permeates much of the media establishment in Ireland. With his odd “racial” theories about Irish politics (that Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin politicians and voters are of “uncivilized” native Irish descent while Fine Gael … Continue reading

When Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Nice article from Lindsey Catherine Cornum over at her Mixed Blood Messages blog, on some recent headline events: “Three videos premièred on the internet this past week, all horrible and shocking in their own way and each garnering different degrees of the public’s attention. I must admit right from the start that I have not watched these videos … Continue reading

Meanwhile In Ireland, Another Form Of Censorship…

The Irish Times carries a report on the protests by various Irish language organisations to the latest moves by the Fine Gael-Labour coalition government to starve even more resources to the Irish-speaking communities of Ireland. “A NEW funding mechanism being introduced by Foras na Gaeilge has been strongly criticised by the 19 Irish language promotion organisations that receive their core funding … Continue reading

Stop Censorship! Protect Internet Freedoms!

Thank you to everyone who contacted me over the last 24 hours as An Sionnach Fionn joined the global internet “blackout” protest against the SOPA/PIPA legislation currently before the United States Congress, and thanks for your patience and understanding. The dangerous nature of the proposed US bill is not just an American concern but an international one since it … Continue reading

Political Policing

Journalist and author Ed Moloney has an important piece on his blog looking at Sinn Féin’s seeming indifference to the Boston Tapes controversy, the PSNI-driven subpoena over the death of Jean McConville and the questionable work of that force’s Historical Enquiries Team (HET). “There is a poignant letter in today’s Irish Times from a Fr Joseph McCullough about the way his … Continue reading

British Hacks Turn “Black And Tan” For 2014!

Is it me or have we finally seen the dropping of the British Unionist mask to reveal the English Nationalism that hides behind it? Since British PM David Cameron and the coalition government in London issued their soon-to-be-amended diktat to First Minister Alex Salmond and the SNP administration in Scotland about the forthcoming referendum on … Continue reading

Qualified Condemnations Of Attempted Murder Ring Hollow

A few days ago I reported on the attempted murder in East Belfast of an 18 year old Irish teenager, James Turley, by a frenzied mob led by known members of the UVF, the second largest British terrorist group in Ireland. Turley and several other youths were attacked by the group while working on a movie set in the area and … Continue reading

The Partition Of Scotland?

Well, the Scottish leader Alex Salmond came to town for the Irish-British Council summit yesterday and hit all the right notes for an Irish audience (and quiet a few of the wrong ones for a British/English one). I wonder did he read my earlier posting on the “Ireland Scenario”? (not really!) The Guardian carries some of the details of the event for the folks back home in Blighty: “Alex … Continue reading

British Ethnic Terrorists In Ireland – Still At War?

While in recent months the main focus of the national and international news media has been on the actions of Resistance Republicans, various terrorist groups belonging to the British separatist minority in Ireland have continued to operate a low-intensity conflict that rarely makes the headlines. The South Belfast News or SBN (via the Belfast Media Group) carries a report detailing the latest attack by the British militants in … Continue reading

Greater England Or Great Britain

Journalist Ed West has an interesting article in the (former?) British establishment newspaper, the Daily Telegraph, examining the controversy raging around the attempts by the British government to dictate the form and circumstances of the Scottish referendum on independence. The most interesting, and honest, part of it is this: “…the English will suffer very little psychic damage from the break-up. … Continue reading

Concubhar Ó Liatháin Deals With His Critics

Following on from my piece examining the criticism of TG4 by Concubhar Ó Liatháin over the airing of a new documentary series, Mná an IRA, by the channel Ó Liatháin makes a spirited defence of his position.

Brittany And Cornwall – The Return Of The Celtic Nations

A late post on some news from December of last year as the Celtic League carries a story with major implications for the partitioned Celtic nation of Breizh (Brittany). “The French Parliament has voted in favour of a change in the law that could herald the reunification of Brittany. In the evening of Wednesday 21st December 2011 the … Continue reading

The SNP, Scotland And The Ireland Scenario

Has the British Prime Minster David Cameron hit the self-destruct button on the so-called United Kingdom? The legalistic diktats from the British government in relation to the referendum on Scottish independence seem to have fallen apart at their first airing and the Tories (and their gormless Lib-Dem allies) look to have gone into reverse gear double-quick. From the Irish Times: “THE SCOTTISH … Continue reading

EU And IMF Policy In Ireland – To Hell Or To Canada!

Though the figures are still being compiled it seems that 2010-2011 saw around 150,000 people emigrate from Ireland, roughly 80,000 of who were Irish citizens. 2012 is expected to see a further 75,000 go of whom at least 40,000 or more are expected be Irish (in fact, given recent revelations and claims, the figures are probably going to … Continue reading

100,000 March For Repatriation Of Basque Political Prisoners

One hundred thousand Basques marched in the city of Bilbao on Saturday demanding the repatriation of Basque political prisoners to their homeland, as well as the release of those who have served the majority of their sentences or are suffering long-term illnesses. Several hundred Basque detainees, most of who are members of the Basque guerilla movement ETA, are held … Continue reading

Silent Voices

Concubhar Ó Liatháin, an Irish journalist and blogger, editor of the now closed Lá Nua newspaper, and presently a member of the board of management of TG4, has written an article for the Irish Independent strongly condemning the TV channel for broadcasting a series of programmes featuring former female members of the Irish Republican Army, titled Mná an … Continue reading

Have You Seen The Size Of My Gun?!

The “Oirish” Daily Mirror carries an eye-grabbing headline: “We could have killed the Queen on Ireland visit, claim Real IRA” Well of course they would claim that but is there any more to this report than a mere headline? “THE Real IRA last night claimed they planned to kill the Queen when she visited Ireland. … Continue reading

Horrible Histories With The Sunday Independent

The Irish Independent’s pet “historian”, John Paul McCarthy, has written a lengthy article on some of the behind-the-scenes events relating to the 1981 Hunger Strikes documented in the Irish and British government papers released at the start of the year. As always he has his own very personal interpretation of Irish history. “The State Papers for 1981 deal with … Continue reading

Fighting For The Truth

There is a letter in The Irish Times from a host of Irish civil rights campaigners, journalists, businesspeople, academics and student leaders protesting the decision by the Irish government to abolish the Office of An Coimisinéir Teanga (the Language Commissioner) through the amalgamation of his agency with that of the Ombudsman. Ostensibly made to meet budgetary restrictions imposed by the … Continue reading

An Irish-American Story

From the Irish Independent a story on Séamus Ó Fianghusa, an Irish-American soldier who is now the subject of a new documentary on TG4: “A SERVING US soldier who learned Irish from the internet is the subject of the first ever warzone documentary to be produced as Gaeilge. Sergeant Séamus ‘Na Gaeilge’ Ó Fianghusa was asked to take … Continue reading

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