Scotland's First Minister and SNP leader Alex Salmond adresses independence rally, Edinburgh, Scotland, 2012 (Photo: Wings Over Scotland)

Tweeting For #VoteYes In The #IndyRef #Scotland

Some recent tweets by @ansionnachfionn on the #IndyRef #BritNats so desperate they referencing #DadsArmy in #IndyRef so #VoteYes for #Scottish FUTURE not #British PAST http://t.co/ljdPnLcr3v — An Sionnach Fionn (@AnSionnachFionn) September 17, 2014 If #UK is a “family” of nations #Ireland was the kidnapped girl chained in the basement! We escaped + so can #Scotland … Continue reading

Troops from the United States Army on patrol in Iraq

Medieval Solutions For Modern Conflicts

  Captain Lauren F. Serrano is an intelligence officer with the United States Marine Corp and this is from her much-lauded essay titled “Why Women Do Not Belong In The U.S. Infantry”: “Having women in an infantry unit will disrupt the infantry’s identity, motivational tactics, and camaraderie. The average infantryman is in his late teens … Continue reading

Labhair Gaeilge

The Common Struggle

Just time to highlight three articles that deserve your attention. The first is “10 Reasons Why Irish Is An Absolutely Awesome Language” from the Czech software engineer Michal Boleslav Měchura of the blogs “Young, Single, Multilingual” and “An Cainteoir Dóchais”. My favourite on the list is also the first: “1. Irish has no words for yes and no  … Continue reading

The BBC can do Irish but RTÉ can't

The Embarrassment Of Being Irish

So after eighteen years of an online presence our self-proclaimed “national public service broadcaster”, RTÉ, has finally got around to providing a web-based Irish language news site (though you might have to search through the RTÉ homepage to find it). I suppose one should welcome the move as a sign of more demand driving more … Continue reading

Albain (Scotland)
The-All-Ireland-Percentage-Vote-For-The-European-Parliament-2014

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 if people were to give control of the economy to Sinn Féin then they might as well hand the keys of the country back to … Continue reading

An Chatalóin (Catalonia)

New Europe Defies Old Europe

Last Thursday over 1.8 million men, women and children took to the streets of Barcelona demanding independence for Catalonia in a mass demonstration that is being heralded as the largest political rally in the history of modern Europe. Surpassing previous events huge crowds thronged the Catalan capital defying the opprobrium of the Spanish government and press. From a report by Al Jazeera: … Continue reading

Ian Paisley leading a parade of British extremists in 1974, seven days after British terrorists carried out a series of car-bomb attacks that killed and maimed scores of people

Ian Paisley 1926-2014

There is an Irish tradition that if you have nothing good to say of the dead then say nothing. That is what springs to mind in relation to the passing of the self-declared reverend Ian Paisley, probably the most iconic leader of British Unionism in Ireland in the latter half of the twentieth century. If … Continue reading

Alex Salmond

Lies, Damned Lies, And The British News Media

Early yesterday morning Scotland’s first minister, Alex Salmond, held a lengthy Q&A with the Scottish, British and international news media in Edinburgh. It was one of his better performances in the referendum campaign, despite the overt animosity of the visiting contingent of London reporters. So given the comprehensive nature of the event it is quite extraordinary to see how supposedly non-partisan journalists from the major … Continue reading

Scotland, England, Wales

John Prescott, A Metaphor For Failed Britain

As the referendum campaign on Scottish independence enters its closing days Lord John Prescott, the former Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, holder of half-a-dozen senior cabinet posts and deputy leader of the British Labour Party, visited Scotland to drum up support for the Unionist cause. On the back of his hand was written the … Continue reading

Alba Gu Brath - Scotland Forever. Thousands attend Scottish independence rally, Edinbugh, Scotland, 2012 (Photo: Wings Over Scotland)

An Leabhar Beag Gorm, The Little Blue Book

Last week Wilson McLeod took to the website Bella Caledonia to criticise the glaring absence of the native Scottish (Gaelic) language from the referendum on independence in Scotland. In a well argued piece he attacked the off-hand treatment of Scottish-speaking communities and citizens by the SNP-led “Yes” campaign and the dismissal of their requests for … Continue reading

Protesting Aboriginal or Native Australian rights in Australia

Australia’s Shame

Native Australians make up just 2% of Australia’s population but form an incredible 26% of the national prison population, rising to 90% in some regions. That is a shocking indictment of the continental nation’s relations with its indigenous peoples. Something is very, very wrong in the land down under and Vice magazine highlights one particular … Continue reading

  • blog awards ireland Nominated: Best Politics Blog 2013, Best Personal Blog 2013, Best Blog Post 2013
  • blog awards ireland

    Nominated: Best News/Current Affairs/Political Blog 2014, Best Mobile Blog 2014, Best Blog Post 2014

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