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

Masters Of The Force Awakens

A magnificent mash-up of 1987’s big-screen turkey, “Masters of the Universe”, and 2015’s winner of Most-Grating-British-Accent-Ever, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, which manages to do what no other trailer (or indeed movie) has managed to do – make the live-action adventures of “He-Man” look interesting!

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

More On The Artist Seaghán Mac Cathmhaoil Or John P. Campbell

My post yesterday on an eyewitness account of the Easter Rising of 1916, published some three months after the insurrection by the New York Times Magazine, drew a good response and I’m glad so many of you enjoyed it. However quite a few readers enquired about the Irish artist, John Patrick Campbell, who normally signed his work as Seaghán Mac Cathmhaoil, occasionally using Ogham… Read More More On The Artist Seaghán Mac Cathmhaoil Or John P. Campbell

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

Think Tanks And Policy Institutes, Politics And War By Other Means

The centrist US news and current affairs website, The Atlantic, features a prominent article by H.A. Hellyer, a security-analyst with the Royal United Services Institution, a conservative foreign policy group in Britain linked to the UK Armed Forces, where he describes the (Provisional) Irish Republican Army as a: “…Catholic organization insofar as it used Catholic identity for political ends, cultivating… Read More Think Tanks And Policy Institutes, Politics And War By Other Means

An Irish Girl Rebel And The American Poet Joyce Kilmer

I thought some readers of An Sionnach Fionn might be interested in this interview, originally published in The New York Times Magazine on Sunday, August 20th 1916, describing an eyewitness account of the Easter Rising in Dublin by Moira Regan, a member of Cumann na mBan (CnamB), the Irish republican-feminist organisation. The young woman seems to have served as a messenger… Read More An Irish Girl Rebel And The American Poet Joyce Kilmer

The Actions Of Ezra Nawi Make Headlines In Israel Again, As They Once Did In Ireland

In the summer of 2011 the former university lecturer and Joycean scholar, David Norris, was one of the front-runners in the election to the office of Uachtarán na hÉireann (president of Ireland). A popular member of Seanad Éireann, the quasi-democratic upper house of the Irish legislature, the out-spoken senator seemed ready to build upon his reputation as… Read More The Actions Of Ezra Nawi Make Headlines In Israel Again, As They Once Did In Ireland

Dissident Republicans With Their Rockets And Their Guns

Did someone mention, “general election“? With April the 8th serving as the legal cut-off point for the holding of the next Dáil vote things are beginning to get a wee bit tense, almost excitable, in Irish politics. Perhaps not entirely unrelated to this is the decision by An Garda Síochána to stage a presentation of arms and equipment seized from “Dissident” or “Resistance… Read More Dissident Republicans With Their Rockets And Their Guns

Syria In 2015 And The Murder Of Ruqia Hassan

Joshua Landis, the Director of the Centre for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma and author of the ever reliable Syrian Comment blog, has an admirably detailed top ten list of developments in the war-torn Arab Republic during the course of 2015. 10. The Death of Zahran Alloush. 9. The Failure of the Southern Storm Offensive. 8. Operation… Read More Syria In 2015 And The Murder Of Ruqia Hassan

WordPress Reader, The Flipboard And Newsstand Alternative

In a recent post I highlighted the availability of An Sionnach Fionn’s news feed on Flipboard, the cross-platform social-media aggregator that can be found in app and browser form (not to mention the similar, Android-based Google Play Newsstand). It’s one of the most used apps on my smartphone and tablets, and is certainly worth adding to your own if you follow a lot of Twitter accounts,… Read More WordPress Reader, The Flipboard And Newsstand Alternative

The Renua Election Manifesto, Light On The Taxes, Lighter On The Irish

Renua, the right-wing “1% party”, launched its seventy-six page 2016 election manifesto yesterday under the stewardship of its leader, the conservative media darling, Lucinda Creighton. The former Fine Gael TD, who was expelled from her party for taking a principled stand against the inequities of the government’s austerity policies over the previous three years which had imposed dreadful hardships on the Irish people as whole, particularly… Read More The Renua Election Manifesto, Light On The Taxes, Lighter On The Irish

Is MTV’s New Fantasy Offering Shannara Shore Or Shannara Cribs?

In the 1990s and early 2000s many critics decried the stunted practice in the movie and television industries of plagiarising the productions of rival studios and networks. Cinematic-clones were set against each other in the theatres while TV broadcasters copied popular programmes to take advantage of existing audiences. Over the last few years the preference for remakes or reboots has become the… Read More Is MTV’s New Fantasy Offering Shannara Shore Or Shannara Cribs?