Volunteers of the Irish Republican Army fire a volley of shots in tribute to the so-called Gibraltar Three, unarmed IRA Volunteers Seán Savage, Daniel McCann and Mairéad Farrell who were killed by British Special Forces in 1988

The Popular Armed Struggle

During the 20th and 21st centuries many myths have taken root in popular culture concerning insurgencies and counter-insurgencies. Received wisdom, oft stated by politicians and journalists, claims that no organised guerrilla army can be defeated by a conventional one. Which of course is nonsense. All types of irregular military forces have been defeated or neutralised around the world since the … Continue reading

John Hume, Irish political statesman and later winner of the Nobel Peace prize, is siezed by British troops, Occupied North of Ireland

Waterboarding Made In Britain

Back in June of this year Ireland’s public service broadcaster RTÉ finally got around to examining the long history of Britain’s use of physical and psychological torture against Irish men, women and children in a television documentary called “The Torture Files”. It caused a minor furore in the country before the news media hurriedly moved … Continue reading

Scary Eire

Irish Belongs To Everyone On This Island Nation

  An alternative view on the Irish language and Irish-speakers in modern Ireland from the viewpoint of a member of the British Unionist minority in the north-east of the country, albeit an unusually sympathetic and supportive one. Journalist and academic Ian Malcolm writing for the Belfast Telegraph: “On Remembrance Sunday I wore my poppy and … Continue reading

An Idirlíon

I Spy eSpies On The eShore

Over the last three years  I’ve touched upon Britain’s mass surveillance of Ireland’s electronic communications traffic, internal and external, a number of times. Since the late 1980s the British intelligence services have expanded from a programme of targeted spying on certain individuals and organisations to a strategy of observing and where necessary recording all electronic information relating to telephone calls, faxes, text … Continue reading

Volunteers of the Irish Republican Army move through Grafton Street, the Battle of Dublin, 1922

Chronology of Irish History 1919–1923

Over the last year I’ve been contacted by a few people enquiring if I knew anything about the disappearance of the web-based “Chronology of Irish History 1919 –1923”, an invaluable month-by-month account of significant events from the War of Independence and Civil War created by Séamus Fox of Dublin City University and maintained on the DCU servers … Continue reading

The BBC can do Irish but RTÉ can't


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 be of some interest: “Technology and education have a long, complicated and sometimes exaggerated relationship. Digital technology is associated with the classroom of the future. … Continue reading

Anti-democracy protesters from the British Unionist minority in Belfast, Ireland - "Democracy Doesn't Work"

The Perfect Storm Of Irish Politics

Dara Kelly over on the Irish Central examining the continuing controversy stemming from the recent examples of British legacy racism in Ireland as displayed by politicians from the DUP grouping, the majority Unionist party in the north-east of the country and part of the regional power-sharing administration in Belfast: “The world had a sobering look … Continue reading

An Ceathrú Gaeltachta, Béal Feirste

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 of the country officially recognised by various governments in the 1920s and ‘30s as majority Irish-speaking and pretty much ignored thereafter. The frequent jibe that … Continue reading

Labhair Gaeilge

Shitting On The Irish Since 1169

While the rest of Europe is getting on with the 21st century in the north-eastern corner of our island nation the final redoubt of the British colony in Ireland continues to behave as if it were the 19th century. At the annual conference of the DUP, the largest political party representing the Unionist minority community … Continue reading

The Ladies of Fine Gael - old habits die hard

Fine Gael And Labour Versus Fascists And The Irish ISIS

In most normal Western-style democracies men and women associated with environmental movements tend to be on the broad Left or Centre-Left of politics. Unfortunately Ireland is not a normal Western-style democracy. Which means that on our post-colonial basket case of an island nation quite a few folk one would normally class as liberals have in fact … Continue reading

Britain's death squads in Ireland

Plenty Of Sinister Fringes To Go Around

From a report by the “Irish” Sunday People newspaper in July 2004: “At least three Garda officers in the scandal-hit force in Donegal were secret agents for British military intelligence, The Irish People can reveal. Garda Special Branch detectives have launched a secret probe into finding the to date un-named moles who supplied intelligence on IRA … Continue reading

Armed and armoured officers of a Regional Support Unit in the Garda Síochána

The Return Of The Sinister State 

  So an unpopular minster in an unpopular government implementing unpopular policies is given her marching orders by a community suffering above-average levels of deprivation and poverty, yet the right-wing media argue that she is the one we should have sympathy for? And for what? Recognising that voters actually exist and have opinions in the long … Continue reading

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    Nominated 2014: Best News, Current Affairs, Politics, Mobile Blog Categories; Best Blog Post


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