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Super Colonised Irish Syndrome

  In today’s Irish Times newspaper Seaghán Mac an tSionnaigh reviews the latest in a wave of books from a new generation of writers and historians challenging the inferior position of Ireland’s indigenous language, … Continue reading

July 29, 2015 · 5 Comments

Unprecedented Times In Catalan And Irish Politics

Consumed with matters closer to home I have had little chance to highlight some important political developments in Catalonia, in particular the emergence of Junts pel Sí “Together for Yes”, a new alliance between … Continue reading

July 28, 2015 · 4 Comments

Barbarians At The Gate

  One of the more remarkable phenomena of modern Ireland has been the slow deculturation of the Irish people, a process ongoing since the 1970s (though initiating much further back than that). Of course … Continue reading

July 26, 2015 · 6 Comments

The Hooded Men, British Torture-Centres In Ireland

The Irish Times has a laudably detailed article examining the historic issue of the “Hooded Men”: Irish citizens detained by the British and unionist authorities in the north-east of Ireland during … Continue reading

July 25, 2015 · 9 Comments

British Spies In The IRA, Myth Versus Reality

Just a quick heads-up for those who have access to the series “Twentieth Century British History” from the Oxford Journals. A recent edition features an article titled “The Influence of … Continue reading

July 23, 2015 · 8 Comments

Jeremy Corbyn And The Self-Deluding British Press

Watching the right-wing and nationalist press in the UK gnashing its teeth at the thoughts of left-wing MP, Jeremy Corbyn, becoming the next leader of the British Labour Party is … Continue reading

July 22, 2015 · 1 Comment

Israel On The Road To Self-Destruction

It is somewhat dispiriting, for those on the progressive left, to watch Israel’s continued slide into sectarian and racial totalitarianism, a sad state of affairs reflected in the recent formation … Continue reading

July 22, 2015 · 1 Comment

It Is No More A Sin To Kill An Irishman Than A Dog

From a quote in an article by the Huffington Post examining the institutionalised discrimination faced by Irish-speaking citizens and communities in Ireland, which I featured last week: “In February 2014, … Continue reading

July 21, 2015 · 10 Comments

The INLA Show Of Strength In The City Of Derry

      Following the recent death of Peggy O’Hara, the veteran political activist in the city of Derry, the Irish Republican Socialist Party and the Irish National Liberation Army – the IRSP’s largely quiescent military wing … Continue reading

July 19, 2015 · 1 Comment

Killing The Irish

Over the last few weeks I have been receiving unusually frequent and comprehensive PR releases from the Green Party’s press office, sometimes on an almost daily basis. What makes the emails so … Continue reading

July 17, 2015 · 21 Comments

Questioning The Media Myth Of The Moderate Orange Order

Another July 12th round of rioting, street disturbances, house-burnings and general displays of sectarianism, racism and straight-forward fascism. Of course some people will protest that such incidences are in the minority, and … Continue reading

July 15, 2015 · 10 Comments

The Eircode Controversy Or Screwing The Irish In That Other England

Eircode, the controversial, multi-million euro postal code system for Ireland, has been launched by Alex White, the coalition’s minister for communications, and as expected the service comes with a host of … Continue reading

July 15, 2015 · 13 Comments

A Sordid Tale Of British Gunmen, Bombers And Policemen

In his final exploration of the evidence sourced for the RTÉ television documentary “Collusion”, a feature-length programme examining the links between the UK military and intelligence services garrisoned in the north-east of Ireland during the period of the … Continue reading

July 12, 2015 · 4 Comments

58% Support Welsh Teaching For Children In English-Speaking Schools

ITV News in the UK has a headline-grabbing story on its website: “Exclusive poll: 64% oppose compulsory Welsh to age 16”. The article goes on to state that: “…nearly two-thirds … Continue reading

July 10, 2015 · 11 Comments

Shoot-To-Kill, Britain’s Summary Executions And Assassinations In Ireland

Sometimes I do wonder if the dozens of Irish and British journalists who spent most of their careers loftily dismissing the evidence of Britain’s criminal counter-insurgency war in Ireland as … Continue reading

July 9, 2015 · 1 Comment

The Reorganisation Of The IRA In The Early 1970s

Irish journalist and author Ed Moloney, now resident in New York, has an interesting article over on his Broken Elbow blog examining possible evidence of the reorganisation of the (Provisional) Irish … Continue reading

July 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

Microsoft’s Rudderless Ship Dumps More Crew

News that Microsoft is to shed nearly eight thousand staff from its global operations should come as a surprise to no one. Especially as its troubled phones’ division seems to … Continue reading

July 9, 2015 · 2 Comments

The DUP Lays Down The Law As The NAMA Scandal Grows

Here we go again! It seems that Ireland has gone from the Land of Saints and Scholars to the Land of Lawyers and Injunctions. Nationally we had controversial businessman and media-mogul … Continue reading

July 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

For July 12th Confederate, Nazi And British Terrorist Flags Fly In Ireland

So in the run-up to the annual July 12th “celebrations” in the north-east of Ireland some extreme elements of the British unionist minority have raised Nazi and Confederate flags to … Continue reading

July 8, 2015 · 29 Comments

Ukraine’s Bilingual Nation

  The European version of Politico, the American news and current affairs website, has a short article by Timothy Snyder on the information-conflict Ukraine, including this interesting account of the … Continue reading

July 4, 2015 · 6 Comments

The Blog Awards Ireland 2015

I’ve received several messages from attentive readers in relation to the Blog Awards Ireland 2015, which are now open for nominations, asking whether An Sionnach Fionn will be participating in … Continue reading

July 3, 2015 · 5 Comments

The United States, War Junkie

The always excellent Tom Dispatch has an insightful article by William Astore, a former US air force lieutenant colonel, on what he regards as his nation’s addiction to ” war”: whether at … Continue reading

July 3, 2015 · 2 Comments

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