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Category Archives: Eacnamaíocht (Economics)

Putting The Éire In Ireland

For the last four or five years of An Sionnach Fionn I have been promoting the potential benefits of “language tourism” for Ireland’s economy. The indigenous culture of this island nation represents a largely untapped … Continue reading

April 1, 2015 · 16 Comments

Irish Journalism On Trial

If you are anything like me you probably enjoyed watching the great and the good of the Irish press corps squirming in front of the Oireachtas’ Joint Committee of Inquiry into … Continue reading

March 31, 2015 · 2 Comments

Opposing Austernomics, A Moral And Social Issue

It seems that political parties are like buses: you wait for ages for one to come along and then two appear together. Of course the first turned out to be … Continue reading

March 25, 2015 · 3 Comments

Water Charges And A Coalition Of The Doomed

Water charges. The political Sword of Damocles hanging over the heads of Labour Party TDanna in constituencies across the country, whose blade may be long enough to cast a shadow over a … Continue reading

March 24, 2015 · 3 Comments

Up To 80,000 Protest Imposition Of Water Charges

In light of recent improved polling members and supporters of the governing Fine Gael and Labour Party coalition were predicting a poor turn-out for yesterday’s mass demonstration in the capital against … Continue reading

March 22, 2015 · 3 Comments

Oil Troubles

If you don’t follow the blog “Tom’s Dispatch” by the American journalist and editor Tom Engelhardt you are missing out on some of the best news and current affairs commentary around. From … Continue reading

March 15, 2015 · 3 Comments

Bog-Standard Houses And The Neo-Ascendancy

Fitzjames Horse casts a cold eye over the so-called New Land League and it’s risible championing of the property-rights of millionaire business people, bankers, accountants, lawyers and doctors; rights which seem to exceed those … Continue reading

March 6, 2015 · 2 Comments

The Jacobin View On Ireland

    The US-based Jacobin magazine has a lengthy and well-informed article on the current situation here in Ireland, particularly as it relates to the re-emergence of the Left as … Continue reading

January 8, 2015 · 5 Comments

Ireland Third Most Deprived Nation On EU 15 List

The Irish news media has spent much of the last week focusing on the issue of homelessness following the dreadfully sad passing of Jonathan Corrie, a forty-three year man found dead in a … Continue reading

December 8, 2014 · 14 Comments


In response to some comments yesterday I thought this business report from the BBC on the preference-through-necessity in Irish medium schools for technology-based education tools, including etexts and ebooks, might … Continue reading

November 26, 2014 · 12 Comments

Irish Native Reservations

Another great analysis from Diaga Language on the growing challenges facing the Irish-speaking population of Ireland, particularly as they relate to the slow destruction of the Gaeltachtaí. These are regions … Continue reading

November 25, 2014 · 26 Comments

Princes And Princesses Of The Continuity State

100,000 marchers on the streets of our capital city, gangs of Gardaí shuttling contractors for Uisce Éireann around suburban housing estates to deter would-be protesters, the dominant political parties being hammered … Continue reading

November 6, 2014 · 16 Comments

Bend Over And Spread Your Cheeks

Not only does Irish Water want to fuck you up the ass, they want to tell others that they have fucked you up the ass just in case they too would be … Continue reading

September 21, 2014 · 6 Comments

Joan Burton, Minister For Amnesia

Joan Burton, the unapologetic “minister for austerity” and now Labour Party leader on the (unlikely) possibility of Sinn Féin being elected to government in 2016, via TheJournal: ““In my view … Continue reading

September 15, 2014 · 12 Comments

The Politics Of Brutal Bruton

Former Fine Gael leader and arch Euro-federalist John Bruton is generally regarded as the most economically right-wing Taoiseach Ireland has had in living memory. His term of office in the … Continue reading

August 12, 2014 · 6 Comments

The Big Bang Theory

Like lambs to the slaughter Seán and Síle Citizen trots forward eager to taste the sweet green grass of domestic recovery, attracted by the repeated cries of the establishment: the good times … Continue reading

June 4, 2014

Ireland Spends More Money On Non-Irish Translations

In case you missed it (because you know the newspapers aren’t going to report this one), from RTÉ: “New figures show that Government departments spent more than €1m on translation … Continue reading

May 20, 2014 · 7 Comments

The Mafiaization Of Ireland

Every journalist in the world is influenced one way or another by his or her personal beliefs and values. Simple common sense tells us that and to be frank would … Continue reading

March 22, 2014 · 1 Comment

Let Them Eat Cake!

Given the dominance of Ireland’s news media by an incestuous group of like-minded individuals espousing a right-wing, moral-free ideology is anyone really surprised by this? From Julien Mercille at the … Continue reading

December 18, 2013 · 6 Comments

Enda Kenny – Mister Ten Percent

From his state o’ chassis address, Enda Kenny TD, leader of Fine Gael and Taoiseach na hÉireann: “Two years ago, the Irish people gave Fine Gael and the Labour Party … Continue reading

December 16, 2013 · 7 Comments

No Irish-Speakers

Following the news yesterday that several hundred jobs are to be lost as three companies reduce or cease their operations in Ireland (one of which will have a major impact … Continue reading

November 29, 2013 · 2 Comments

The Daily Lucinda

When the journalists and editors of a right-wing media cartel start campaigning for the creation of a political party to reflect their “values” one should take note. Even more so … Continue reading

November 25, 2013 · 2 Comments

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