The latest electoral poll shows Sinn Féin on 21%, just a handful of points behind Fianna Fáil’s 25% and Fine Gael’s 27%. So are we detecting signs of a slow panic taking seed amongst the Britanophile Randinistas at the all-powerful Independent stable of newspapers? Judging by the headline above and more importantly the picture chosen… Read More Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid
There is huge controversy in France at the moment after it was revealed in a local newspaper that a monument to be erected at the site of a famous WWII clash between the French Resistance and the Waffen SS (part of the German Occupation Forces) was to commemorate the sacrifices of both the Resistance fighters… Read More Revisionism Or War By Other Means
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 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 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
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
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?
The “Oirish” Daily Mirror carries an eye-grabbing headline: “We could have killed the Queen on Ireland visit, claim Real IRA” Well of course they would claim that but is there any more to this report than a mere headline? “THE Real IRA last night claimed they planned to kill the Queen when she visited Ireland.… Read More Have You Seen The Size Of My Gun?!
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
I’ve written several pieces here about the shock and dismay felt by many Irish-speaking citizens across Ireland at the decision by the current Fine Gael-Labour coalition government to abolish the office of An Coimisinéir Teanga or the Language Commissioner; a decision justified as a necessary requirement of the hack and burn austerity measures dictated by the IMF-ECB. However… Read More An Anti-Irish Free State?
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
In the debate over the relative values of the Irish and English languages in contemporary Ireland one of the arguments being put forward by a small but powerful minority of anti-Irish zealots in the Anglophone community is that we should be learning another non-English language instead of Irish for “economic” reasons. The one picked from… Read More Scary Éire?
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
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
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
Poor old Kevin Myers is at it again: propagating his “race theory” of Irish politics (and society) thanks to the platform provided to him by his acolytes in the Independent group of newspapers. His latest attempt to whip up some “ethnic tensions” centres on an old and cherished theme of his: that Fine Gael, Ireland’s… Read More Playing The Race Card In Ireland
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
Ireland’s Anglophone media establishment has never been comfortable with the Irish language. Or indeed Irish speakers. The existence of both is too much of a challenge, too much of a threat to its assumed identity: not quiet Irish, not quite English, not quiet anything really. That is why so many Irish journalists and commentators ape… Read More RTÉ Versus TG4
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
The sheen has certainly gone off Senator David Norris, someone I used to have enormous respect and admiration for (even if his bonhomie demeanour and scattershot approach to politics did at times did grate on one’s nerves). We’ve had the scandal over his much debated opinions on paedophilia, pederasty and the age of consent expressed… Read More David Norris – One Revelation Too Many?
The audience poll results are in from Vincent Brown’s Presidential Debate on TV3, and though entirely unscientific, they show Martin McGuinness way out in front, leaving the rest as also-rans. It remains to be seen whether the same will be true at the ballot box in a few weeks time but undoubtedly some optimistic news… Read More McGuinness Won The Audience But Did He Win The Debate?
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!