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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

Lucinda Creighton Going Renua Or Ré Nua

Lucinda Creighton, ex-Fine Gael rebel and pumped-up darling of the right-wing press, has finally nailed her colours to the mast (following months of fumbled-tongued prevaricating) by formally launching her new … Continue reading

March 13, 2015 · 4 Comments

Gerry Adams And The Problem Of Surviving The Cause

A different take on the post-conflict career of Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams, guerilla-turned-politician, from the journalist Michael Brendan Dougherty writing in The Week: “If only more militant Irish nationalists had the decency to die. … Continue reading

March 13, 2015 · 4 Comments

Nigel Dodds, Deputy PM Of Britain And Her Overseas Colonies

So Nigel Dodds, the Mr. Bland of Unionist politics in Ireland and the leader of the DUP’s motley crew of MPs in the British parliament, is shimmying around the newsrooms of … Continue reading

March 12, 2015 · 2 Comments

Mick Wallace, Enda Kenny, Not Mincing Words

On one of the very rare days dedicated to the use of the Irish language in Dáil Éireann the controversial independent TD Mick Wallace asks a question in English after apologising for his lack … Continue reading

March 11, 2015 · 12 Comments

John Bruton. Why?

John Bruton, former Fine Gael leader and Taoiseach na hÉireann, writing in the Irish Independent newspaper manages once again to prove his reputation as the idiot savant of Irish politics, as … Continue reading

March 10, 2015 · 14 Comments

Jean McConville, Gerry Adams And The Truth

The New Yorker magazine has a long, if occasionally flawed, investigation into the 1972 detention and execution – which one can alternatively read as kidnapping and murder – by the (Provisional) Irish Republican Army … Continue reading

March 10, 2015 · 9 Comments

Al Jadeed, Rima Karaki And Running The Show

Al Jadeed or الجديد‎ is a 24-hour news and current affairs television station based in the Lebanon and broadcasting across the Arab world. During a recent interview between popular presenter Rima Karaki and … Continue reading

March 9, 2015 · 11 Comments

From Armchair Revolutionary To Armchair Reactionary

Continuing the controversy surrounding the legal tussles over the “bog-standard” mansion of Gorse Hill, situated in the exclusive Dublin suburb of Killiney, comes this specious defence of the denizens of the Golden Circle by … Continue reading

March 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Irish-Speakers Are Second-Class Europeans

In May of 2014 the Sinn Féin member and Irish rights campaigner Liadh Ní Riada was elected to the European Parliament with the promise to seek full legal equality for Irish-speaking citizens of … Continue reading

March 8, 2015 · 15 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

Facebook Sucks Balls

A quick posting to apologise to all my friends on Facebook. Unfortunately the powers-that-be have forced me to switch from holding a personal profile on FB to using a Facebook Page. … Continue reading

March 5, 2015 · 1 Comment

Sinn Féin And The United States

It’s party conference time in Ireland and the two governing coalition partners, Fine Gael and Labour, have just ended their national conventions following a period of considerable – and growing … Continue reading

March 5, 2015 · 5 Comments

Tiocfaidh Ár Phéig!

  Author Sara Baume writing in the Irish Times: “There are plenty of arguments against the inclusion of Sayers in the canon of great Irish women writers, foremost being the … Continue reading

March 5, 2015 · 1 Comment

So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish

Neil Gaiman at the Douglas Adams Memorial Lecture 2015.

March 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

Bill O’Reilly And America’s Reporting Of The Troubles

Do you remember the days when editors or producers working in the newsrooms of New York, Washington or Los Angeles would contact their London-based “European correspondent” and ask him – … Continue reading

March 4, 2015 · 25 Comments

Terror Breeds Terror

Following on from my brief post criticising the agenda-loaded commentary by certain media-friendly “experts” on matters military and intelligence-related, in particular the claim by the right-wing British security journalist Paul Beaver that in … Continue reading

March 4, 2015 · 2 Comments

Stoking The Fires Of Hate

Conservative journalist and current Irish Independent columnist Sarah Carey has spent much of her career railing against the “national language” of Ireland and those citizens and communities who speak it. … Continue reading

March 3, 2015 · 15 Comments

People Are Made Radical, Not Born Radical

Paul Beaver is a veteran British defence journalist and member of the ultra-conservative Henry Jackson Society who has been regularly sought out by the international news media for his analyses of various conflicts … Continue reading

February 27, 2015 · 36 Comments

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