Ireland Has Become The “Gun Land” Of Western Europe

Fearann claímh or “sword land” is a Medieval Irish term to describe a territory taken or held through violence. Perhaps unsurprisingly it was also used to identify a region where violent interactions had become the norm. In a 16th century panegyric by the famous blind poet, Tadhg Dall Ó hÚigínn, the Norman-British were said to have made a fearann claímh críoch… Read More Ireland Has Become The “Gun Land” Of Western Europe

Feed The Rich, Eat The Poor

As many of you will be aware the would-be Democratic Party candidate for the US presidency, Bernie Sanders, has been hammering down in recent months on the corrupt practices of Wall Street and the soaring levels of income and wealth inequality in the United States. Now the millionaire business executive, Lloyd Blankfein, has emerged from the boardroom shadows to play the victim card… Read More Feed The Rich, Eat The Poor

Hating The Gaelic

Following a brief period of relative quiet the haters of Scottish Gaelic are back in full-swing, attacking new education legislation in Scotland which includes provisions to allow Gaelic-speaking parents to request Gaelic-medium schooling for their Gaelic-speaking children. The horror! From the Deadline News Agency, a press organisation with a certain reputation when it comes to reporting on Scotland’s indigenous tongue:… Read More Hating The Gaelic

Patrick Pearse And RTÉ’s Rebellion

With all the controversy stirred up by RTÉ’s dismal television dramatisation of the 1916 Easter Rising, its strange overtones of colonial denialism perhaps best summed up by the programme’s title, “Rebellion” (not, “Revolution”), I was reminded of this paragraph from a 2013 article by professor Bryan Fanning in the Dublin Review of Books. While examining a long forgotten “science-fiction” style story by Patrick Pearse published… Read More Patrick Pearse And RTÉ’s Rebellion

Facebook’s Opportunist Defence Of Non-English Languages

Given the relative antipathy or indifference of most major internet corporations to global minority languages, or indeed to any languages other than American English, this report from the Guardian newspaper is more than a little ironic: “Facebook is objecting to the use of English words such as “cookie” and “browser” in a Belgian court order, which has demanded the… Read More Facebook’s Opportunist Defence Of Non-English Languages

How Netanyahu Won The 2015 Election In Israel

In the week leading up to the 17th of March 2015, the day of the general election in Israel, the governing Likud party of the incumbent prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, seemed to be on the cusp of a humiliating loss of seats to a range of right-wing, centrist and left-wing rivals, notably the Zionist Union pact of the liberal-leaning Labor Party and… Read More How Netanyahu Won The 2015 Election In Israel

The Banking Inquiry Whitewash, Covering Up For The Party Tigers

With the death of Ireland’s so-called “Celtic Tiger” economy in 2008-2010 the country entered a period of severe recession, made worse by the erratic, panic-driven policies of the then Fianna Fáil – Green Party coalition government and its successor in the present Fine Gael – Labour Party administration. By 2012 the nation was firmly under the financial diktat… Read More The Banking Inquiry Whitewash, Covering Up For The Party Tigers

The Shankill Bombing And Britain’s Proxy-War In Belfast

Just after 1 pm on the afternoon of Saturday the 23rd of October 1993, Thomas Begley and Seán Kelly, two volunteers of the 3rd Battalion of the Belfast Brigade of the (Provisional) Irish Republican Army, entered Frizzell’s, a busy two-storey fishmonger’s shop on the Shankill Road, a traditionally pro-UK or unionist enclave in the nationalist west of the… Read More The Shankill Bombing And Britain’s Proxy-War In Belfast

Headquarters Of The Fenian Brotherhood of America, New York City

In the latter half of 1865, the Fenian Brotherhood of America (FBA), the formerly clandestine Irish revolutionary organisation in the United States and Canada, spent the modern equivalent of some $3.5 million dollars on moving its headquarters from a modest address at 22 Duane Street, New York City, to a prestige location at Moffat Mansion, 32 East 17th Street,… Read More Headquarters Of The Fenian Brotherhood of America, New York City

The Gaelic-Haters Of Britain Are At It Again

Well, it’s been a busy week for those who despise the Scottish Gaelic language and the communities which speak it. From attack-stories on government support for language rights and education in Scotland to artificial outrage over specific schemes, teaching pupils and staff in Scottish-medium schools how to carry out CPR for instance, we’ve seen it all. Now here comes another fake controversy to… Read More The Gaelic-Haters Of Britain Are At It Again

The Scale Of Surveillance Operations By The Irish State Is Staggering

While many people, certainly informed journalists and anti-austerity activists, would have been aware of the soaring levels of surveillance being carried out by the agents of the Irish state over the last decade, principally An Garda Síochána, the sheer number of official requests made in the years 2008 to 2012 is pretty staggering. Some 61,823 applications were made for unrestricted… Read More The Scale Of Surveillance Operations By The Irish State Is Staggering

The Latest Fake Controversy Over Scottish Gaelic In Scotland

So, another day, another staged controversy drummed up by anglophone supremacists (for which one can read in this case, British nationalists) attacking equal use and prominence for the Scottish Gaelic language alongside English in Scotland. Following on from Monday’s intensely partisan attack on Scottish-speakers by the financial journalist, Merryn Somerset Webb, there is more of the same from various right-wing and… Read More The Latest Fake Controversy Over Scottish Gaelic In Scotland

Cybernetic Warfare Is Simply An Addition To Blood And Guts Warfare

With the UK Labour Party self-immolating in fine old style as various factions debate its policies on nuclear armaments, specifically the Trident submarine-launched ballistic missile system, the impotent membra virile of the Royal Navy, it is worth noting that some military experts now believe that the world’s major, nuclear-armed nation-states will eventually discard such wanton weapons of mass destruction in their future defence and security policies. Why lay… Read More Cybernetic Warfare Is Simply An Addition To Blood And Guts Warfare

Mebyon Kernow Wants 2016 To Be Cornwall’s Year

Mebyon Kernow, the Party for Cornwall, has outlined its objectives to make 2016 the year of “…Cornish recognition”. This follows the UK’s long overdue designation of the Cornish people as a national minority in Britain under the Council of Europe’s “Framework Convention on National Minorities”. Announced back in 2014 by the then chief secretary to the treasury, Danny Alexander, relatively little has been done to… Read More Mebyon Kernow Wants 2016 To Be Cornwall’s Year

The African-American And Irish Civil Rights Movements

From NBC News, an article by Chandra Thomas Whitfield examining the influence of the African-American civil rights movement on its Irish counterpart in the UK administrated north-east of Ireland during the 1960s and early ’70s: “It was a Sunday afternoon in January. Hundreds gathered to protest what they considered rampant injustices in the criminal justice system. Linked arm-and-arm,… Read More The African-American And Irish Civil Rights Movements

Britnat Nastiness Is Mainstream In The UK Press

Merryn Somerset Webb is a relatively well-known business journalist and editor in the UK who writes on a wide range of financial matters for the British press. So it was somewhat surprising to see her recent article in “MoneyWeek”, a conservative-leaning investment magazine, examining the burgeoning status of the Scottish Gaelic language in Scotland. Even more so when her piece is couched in a surprisingly vitriolic manner towards her… Read More Britnat Nastiness Is Mainstream In The UK Press

In Sinn Féin Lotto 32, I Pick Numbers 1, 9, 1 And 6

At first I thought this was a joke, but no, this is actually a Sinn Féin initiative to drum up new members and publicise the party’s growing support. I know SF is competing against the pristine “white paper envelopes” that underwrite Fine Gael, and the slightly grubbier “brown paper envelopes” that sustain what’s left of Fianna Fáil, but this is just… Read More In Sinn Féin Lotto 32, I Pick Numbers 1, 9, 1 And 6

The Fantasy History Of The 1916 Easter Rising

Liam Kennedy is a professor of economic and social history at Queen’s University Belfast, which is somewhat shocking given that he seems to have, at best, a passing familiarity with the latter half of his chosen speciality. Here he is in the Irish Independent, salami-slicing Irish history to suit his particular tastes. A little bit of this,… Read More The Fantasy History Of The 1916 Easter Rising

Antipathy To The Irish Language Is A Legacy Of Colonialism

Irish is the indigenous language of the island nation of Ireland and has held that unique position for at least the last 4000 years. Beginning with an Indo-European dialect introduced to the country as early as 2000 BCE, modern Irish – An Ghaeilge – developed through a series of steps that linguists have categorised as Proto-Celtic, Goidelic, Primitive Irish, Old Irish,… Read More Antipathy To The Irish Language Is A Legacy Of Colonialism

Dear Idiots, Stop, Please, Just Stop Commenting On Irish Affairs

The Inquisitr is an Israeli-American news aggregation website (or more honestly, a user-submitted group blog) and based on a recent feature article by The Atlantic examining the aims of ISIS/ISIL, which includes an entirely delusional reference to the 1969-2005 “Catholic” insurgency of the (Provisional) Irish Republican Army and its apparent war to reunite the “Catholic brethren” of Ireland , we have a report which offers us more… Read More Dear Idiots, Stop, Please, Just Stop Commenting On Irish Affairs