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The Bloody Demonisation Of Political Opponents By Fine Gael And Labour

This is what happens when members of the political establishment, the governing coalition parties and the sycophantic right-wing national press, conspire together to present ordinary citizens protesting the imposition of iniquitous taxes on … Continue reading

April 14, 2015 · 12 Comments

Seanad Éireann, A Legislative House For All Of Ireland

  Seanad Éireann, the quasi-democratic upper house of the Oireachtas, has an unenviable record for cronyism and patronage, serving down through the years as a salaried, expenses-paid home for various … Continue reading

April 13, 2015 · 4 Comments

Gene Kerrigan’s MediaBite Interview

MediaBite, a website founded in 2007 by David Manning and Miriam Cotton to analyse the intellectually incestuous group-think of Irish journalism, has an excellent interview with Gene Kerrigan, one of the very few left-wing newspaper … Continue reading

April 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Mexicanisation Of Irish Policing

  For at least four decades allegations of systemic corruption have swirled around sections of An Garda Síochána, Ireland’s national police service. These have stretched from repeated claims of undue influence … Continue reading

April 3, 2015 · 1 Comment

Irish Journalism On Trial

If you are anything like me you probably enjoyed watching the great and the good of the Irish press corps squirming in front of the Oireachtas’ Joint Committee of Inquiry into … Continue reading

March 31, 2015 · 2 Comments

Independent News And Media, The Ideological Enemy Within

During the revolutionary period in Ireland – by academic convention the six years from 1916 to 1921 – the British government authorised the official execution of forty-one Irish Republican insurgents or their supporters (I say “official” since many unofficial or summary … Continue reading

March 30, 2015 · 2 Comments

Opposing Austernomics, A Moral And Social Issue

It seems that political parties are like buses: you wait for ages for one to come along and then two appear together. Of course the first turned out to be … Continue reading

March 25, 2015 · 3 Comments

Water Charges And A Coalition Of The Doomed

Water charges. The political Sword of Damocles hanging over the heads of Labour Party TDanna in constituencies across the country, whose blade may be long enough to cast a shadow over a … Continue reading

March 24, 2015 · 3 Comments

Up To 80,000 Protest Imposition Of Water Charges

In light of recent improved polling members and supporters of the governing Fine Gael and Labour Party coalition were predicting a poor turn-out for yesterday’s mass demonstration in the capital against … Continue reading

March 22, 2015 · 3 Comments

Fighting To Speak Irish, Forced To Speak English

@thetwicket @MisneachNYC €billions per annum promoting the ENGLISH language, including compulsory useage, and this indeed is what it gets us — An Sionnach Fionn (@AnSionnachFionn) March 19, 2015

March 20, 2015 · 20 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

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

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

Slut-Shaming Irish-Speakers

The so-called “politicised nature” of the Irish language is one of the rhetorical weapons brandished by English language diatribists in Ireland every time our indigenous tongue achieves some modicum of success in growth or societal acceptance. … Continue reading

February 23, 2015 · 27 Comments

Coalition Loyalists Are Rewarded While Protesters Are Imprisoned

In the first half of 2011 Enda Kenny’s self-proclaimed “democratic revolution” brought his centre-right Fine Gael party to power in Ireland, supported by the nominally centre-left Labour Party. Despite claims … Continue reading

February 20, 2015 · 7 Comments

Unleash The Dogs Of Policing

Is it safe to comment on political matters in contemporary Ireland if one lacks the fig-leaf protection that comes with membership of our supine media cartels? If one takes a … Continue reading

February 19, 2015 · 39 Comments

All-Ireland Majority Support For Irish Language State Services

A new all-Ireland poll has found that majorities both nationally and regionally support the provision of public services in the Irish language. From the Irish Examiner: “A survey of over … Continue reading

February 12, 2015 · 8 Comments

Partition Is Wrong In Ukraine But Right In Ireland?

  Apparently ethno-religious separatists carving off regions of clearly defined national territories through violence and the threat of violence, with the partition of those territories, the forced movement or repression … Continue reading

February 3, 2015 · 49 Comments

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