Are you looking for an example of dirty politics? Then look no further than the British Nationalist camp in Scotland as they rage against the drive for independence by the SNP administration in Edinburgh with this contribution from former Liberal Democrat bigwig and holier-than-thou politico Lord Steel, via the right-wing Daily Telegraph: “Lord Steel of Aikenwood [ASF: actually its… Read More Today, Scotland! Tomorrow, The World!
From the Mayo News yet more depressing evidence of how no one hates the Irish as much as the Irish themselves: “Gaeltacht communities who call for bilingual road signs ‘should be careful what they wish for’, as it could mean they lose their Gaeltacht status, according to a senior council official. Irish-language-only road signs were erected in Gaeltacht areas in 2005. Since… Read More Heard The One About The Self-Hating Irishman?
The new Irish language social networking site Abair Leat!, which is primarily aimed at language learners, has been officially launched by the Irish-American comedian and Gaeilgeoir Des Bishop. From the Irish Times: “… Abair Leat! is the first user generated content application of its kind and allows users to create a personal profile, add friends and exchange… Read More A Native Place
The much heralded Constitutional Convention is finally on the horizon after many a false dawn. According to the Irish Times: “The Taoiseach and the Tánaiste are to brief Opposition leaders Micheál Martin and Gerry Adams as well as the Dáil’s Technical Group this evening on the Government’s plans for the proposed Constitutional Convention. Mr Kenny and… Read More What About Our Irish Rights?
Talking of the Irish language online there is certainly a lot of speculation at the moment about the new website “Try Again 2012” and the associated high-profile advertising campaign around the country (not to mention on social networks like YouTube and at Twitter under the hashtag #tryagain). The Herald seems to have got to the truth behind the rumours:… Read More Try Again 2012!
In December 2011 I wrote about a new online Irish language education network for language learners called “Abair Leat!“. Going through its final beta testing we were promised a full launch within months and sure enough the site will be formally unveiled on the 27th of February. From Pól Ó Muirí in the Irish Times: “Comedian and, indeed,… Read More Abair Leat! To Launch On 27th Of February
Over the last year I have catalogued on An Sionnach Fionn the inherent hostility of the right-wing Fine Gael party to the Irish language and Ireland’s Irish speaking communities, a situation that has only worsened since it entered into government with its junior coalition partners in the supposedly centre-left Labour Party. In power both parties have displayed various levels of antipathy… Read More Young Fine Gael – The Irony Is In The Name
There’s been something of a surprise result from Latvia where a national referendum has rejected moves to make Russian the second official language of the small Baltic nation along with Latvian. In an unusually high turnout which saw 70% of registered voters going to the polls, a majority of 75% voted against the proposal, much… Read More From Irish Ireland To English Ireland
Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg, the high-profile Welsh Language Society, is to launch a new web-based television service, initially operating for two hours a week. From the BBC: “Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg will transmit Sianel 62 via the web to mark the 50th anniversary of the society. Describing it as the first new Welsh language channel for… Read More Teilifís na Life?
Do you know that you live in an officially bilingual Ireland? Believe it or not but the Government of Ireland committed itself to a policy of “official bilingualism” across the country way back in 2006. In a statement issued six years ago, and supported by all the major parties in Oireachtas Éireann, the government pledged itself to… Read More Speaking In Two Tongues
There’s an interesting site with some fun games for Irish language learners at Digital Dialects. The vocabulary seems correct and so far I’ve not seen any mistakes. It’s all very simple but something for some enterprising gaelgoir to build upon…? For more online Irish lessons I’d highly recommend the award-winning Talk Irish, a popular new kid on… Read More Get Your Gael On!
There is a disgraceful story of discrimination towards Native American schoolchildren at a local high school in the United States, highlighted by the Indian Country Today: “On January 19, a Menominee Indian seventh grader named Miranda Washinawatok was benched and suspended from a Catholic School in Shawano, Wisconsin, for speaking her Native Menominee language with two other girls from the Menominee… Read More Native Americans – Second Class Americans
In the 1920s, following the British defeat in Ireland’s War of Independence, many serving members of Britain’ paramilitary police force in Ireland, the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC), went on to become “guns-for-hire” throughout the waning British Empire. What they failed to do in Ireland, the defeat of an anti-colonial revolution, they attempted to do in… Read More Guns For Hire – From RIC To RUC
Crikey, law’ luv-a-duck! The ‘nglish meadja establishment is so bloomin’ terrified of Alex Salmond an’ ‘is SNP stormtroopers that even the toff magazine GQ has joined in the fight fer queen an’ country, lor’ bless ‘em! “In Scotland, Salmond’s popularity rests not so much on his politics but his ability to string a sentence together – not… Read More GQ Magazine – Rebellious Scots To Crush!
I’ve been asked by a couple of readers to offer some commentary on the current contest amongst the Republican Party in the United States as it decides who its next nominee for election to the White House will be. Santorum, Romney, Gingrich or Ron Paul? So here it is. Is it just me or does… Read More Anne Coulter – Close Encounters Of A Right-wing Kind
Scratch a Blueshirt, even an ex-Blueshirt, and it doesn’t take long for the Inner Anglo to come out. Ivan Yates, former Fine Gael politico and (recently bankrupt) businessman turned radio presenter, has pin-pointed the cause of Ireland’s economic woes. No, it’s not the euro, or a global economic depression, or (god forbid) unregulated free market capitalism gone… Read More Ivan Yates – No Irish For Your Children. But Plenty Of Irish For Mine!
Back in December 2011 I addressed the grossly exaggerated issue of the alleged penetration of the (Provisional) Irish Republican Army by British Intelligence agents and double-agents in the 1980s and ‘90s, concluding that: “The majority of tactical intelligence gathered by the British Forces, the sort of intelligence that saw weapons and explosives captured, ambushes and attacks thwarted,… Read More Fantasy Troubles Part III – Britain’s Superspies!
Something truly strange must have happened in the offices of the Sunday Anglo Independent over the last few days. Why? Because someone has managed to smuggle an article into the newspaper examining a facet of Irish Republican history that isn’t the usual concoction of lies, propaganda and counter-factual fantasies. Unprecedented! “Armed only with a pot of pink chrysanthemums and a walkie-talkie,… Read More The Sunday Independent Has An Article On Irish History – Which Favours The Irish!
Author and journalist Jude Collins has an article with the Belfast Media Group examining the continued apartheid nature of the North of Ireland where those from the Irish community, most of whom are Roman Catholics, continue to suffer discrimination in employment 45 years after the beginnings of the civil rights movement and now some 14 years after the cessation of… Read More The North Of Ireland: Roman Catholics 40% Of Population, 61% Of Unemployed
Some more lessons for Scotland and the SNP from the history of the independence movement in Québec? A Reuters report in the Chicago Tribune: “Bernard Landry, who as deputy Quebec premier in 1995 helped prepare for independence, sees a strong parallel between Scotland and Quebec. “It’s not the same case, but the fundamentals are the same. Scotland… Read More More Parallels Between Québec, Scotland And Beyond
Two great posts from the always interesting Come Here To Me! blog in their Statues of Dublin series: The Phibsborough Volunteer and Constance Markiewicz and Poppet. Also have a look at their Lanes of Dublin series. It’s far better than it sounds!
Mebyon Kernow, the Party for Cornwall, is currently engaged on a drive to recruit more members and activists following renewed interest in the Cornish nationalist movement. More over on Breselyerkeltic for those interested in joining or donating to the party.