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

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

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… Read More Less The Bomb And Bullet, More The Pound And Pence

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… Read More Let Us Never Forget – World Holocaust Memorial Day

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… Read More Plaid Cymru On The Up

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… Read More Cornwall Awakening

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… Read More From Königsberg To Kaliningrad – The Mutable Nature Of European Borders

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… Read More Scottish Troubles?

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… Read More Irish Rights Are Equals Rights – So Fight Back!

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

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

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… Read More A Second-Class Education For Second-Class Pupils

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… Read More Troika Bagman Gets A Grilling!

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

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… Read More Meanwhile In Ireland, Another Form Of Censorship…

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… Read More Stop Censorship! Protect Internet Freedoms!

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… Read More Political Policing

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… Read More British Hacks Turn “Black And Tan” For 2014!