Ian O’Doherty – The Answer To A Question Nobody Asked

The latest noxious brain-fart from the Daily Mail wannabe in today’s Irish Independent newspaper: “Despite RTÉ’s incessant efforts to make the rest of us care about the North, most people have far more interesting things on their minds. Grass growing. Paint drying. Studying theology. That sort of thing. Frankly, most of us look at this… Read More Ian O’Doherty – The Answer To A Question Nobody Asked

The Empire Strike Back!

The results from the 2011 Census of Ireland published last week revealed continued growth in the Irish-speaking communities of the nation and the raised social standing and acceptance of our indigenous language and culture. 1,777,437 million people or 41.4% of the population stated in the census that they were able to speak Irish, an increase of 7.1% since the 2006 results. Of that number 801,063… Read More The Empire Strike Back!

Colum Kenny, The Irish Independent And Some Media Spin

Colum Kenny is a regular columnist for the Oirish Independent newspaper, popular amongst right-wing types and other motley conservatives. Here’s his bio from Dublin City University (DCU): “Professor Colum Kenny, B.C.L., Barrister-at-Law, Ph.D, School of Communications. Areas of special interest include broadcasting, journalism, media, culture and society. He is the author of, among other titles, The Power of Silence: Silent Communication in Daily Life… Read More Colum Kenny, The Irish Independent And Some Media Spin

A Native Place

The new Irish language social networking site Abair Leat!, which is primarily aimed at language learners, has been officially launched by the Irish-American comedian and Gaeilgeoir Des Bishop. From the Irish Times: “… Abair Leat! is the first user generated content application of its kind and allows users to create a personal profile, add friends and exchange… Read More A Native Place

Discrimination Dressed As Reasonableness… Isn’t It Always?

An article in the Irish Times decries the alleged “preferential” treatment given to Irish-speaking children in the education system because some students receive higher grades for successfully completing their study and examinations solely through the medium of the Irish language. No matter that Irish-speaking children are otherwise discriminated against in Ireland through the lack of Irish-medium schools, education services… Read More Discrimination Dressed As Reasonableness… Isn’t It Always?

Horrible Histories With The Sunday Independent

The Irish Independent’s pet “historian”, John Paul McCarthy, has written a lengthy article on some of the behind-the-scenes events relating to the 1981 Hunger Strikes documented in the Irish and British government papers released at the start of the year. As always he has his own very personal interpretation of Irish history. “The State Papers for 1981 deal with… Read More Horrible Histories With The Sunday Independent

Second Class Citizens With Second Class Rights

Two weeks ago I predicted that the Fine Gael led coalition government would use a review of the Official Languages Act of 2003 to reverse a decade’s worth of progress on equal rights for Ireland’s Irish speaking communities. And, hey, guess what news was announced today? The Irish Times carries the story: “The decision to close the office of the Irish Language Commissioner has led… Read More Second Class Citizens With Second Class Rights

The British Separatist Minority In Ireland. Or How To Use Political Violence And Get Away With It

Jude Collins is one of my favourite Irish bloggers, an author and journalist with a seemingly indefatigable supply of opinions (where does he get the time?). With the Irish media establishment speaking with one voice on what was known in my youth as the “National Question”, he represents one of the few places where one can hear intelligent, well-argued counter-opinion (the… Read More The British Separatist Minority In Ireland. Or How To Use Political Violence And Get Away With It

Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil – The Irish News Media And The Sam Smyth Scandal

As many regular readers may know (you are there, aren’t you?) I frequently bang on about the inequities of the “media establishment” in Ireland. In general I pretty much loathe ‘em, the whole right-wing, faux liberal, elitist Anglo shower. Bah! But for those of you who ask, “A Shionnach, but why?”, here, in several easily digestible paragraphs,… Read More Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil – The Irish News Media And The Sam Smyth Scandal

Anglophone Intolerance Speaks The Same Language – In Scotland Or Ireland

Just in case you thought it was safe to speak the Scottish language in Scotland along comes journalist Gina Davidson with an anti-Gaelic diatribe in the Scotsman that twists logic and reason to breaking point: “CAST your mind back a couple of years to the council’s school closures programme. After all the wailing and knashing of… Read More Anglophone Intolerance Speaks The Same Language – In Scotland Or Ireland

Eoghan Harris, Free Speech And The Art Of Dissemblance

So, the Anglomedia’s “Anyone But McGuinness” campaign has taken a bit of a twist with claims that ex-Workers Party apparatchik and Sindo columnist Eoghan Harris has been threatened in an anonymous phone call to the Independent News and Media offices. According to the report from the organisation: “A caller to Independent News and Media, purporting to be… Read More Eoghan Harris, Free Speech And The Art Of Dissemblance

Lies, Damned Lies And The War In Ireland

Journalist Martina Devlin sets the readership of the Irish Independent (and others) fairly hopping with outrage over her latest opinion piece. Can she be long for the Indo Group? One suspects not. In Ireland’s news media élite being More-British-Than-The-British is considered de rigueur. But it’s fun while it lasts: “It’s the blatant revisionism that gets my goat: the deception… Read More Lies, Damned Lies And The War In Ireland

Anyone For Some Apartheid? Anglo-Irish Style!

  Yesterday’s Irish Independent featured a letter pleading for support from readers for a new campaign to remove obligatory Irish language teaching from the education system. Thereby, presumably, creating a two-tier education system, one for English speakers and one for Irish speakers (didn’t we have something like that before? I thought, in part, we fought a revolution over it?… Read More Anyone For Some Apartheid? Anglo-Irish Style!