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Fianna Fáil, A Party Without A Cause

My family has been dwelling in Dublin city and its environs since the mid-1800s, part of the mass rural exodus to Ireland’s towns and cities in the wake of An … Continue reading

May 25, 2015 · 5 Comments

Fathers And Mothers Matter, Respect And Understanding Not So Much

We are in the last week of the referendum campaign debating the addition of a new sub-section to Bunreacht na hÉireann defining marriage as a gender-neutral institution. In other words, … Continue reading

May 20, 2015 · 1 Comment

Did You Hear The One About The Irish Name Spelled With Chinese Letters?

If you and your family are native Irish-speakers and you live in an Irish-speaking region, it seems not unreasonable to expect that your children will be educated by an Irish-speaking teacher when they attend … Continue reading

May 16, 2015 · 12 Comments

The Super Scary, Quite Contrary Equal-Marriage Referendum In Ireland

Buzzfeed, the popular American click-bait site which has recently acquired a serious case of the journalistic respectables, has a fairly lengthy article on the upcoming referendum in Ireland which proposes adding a clause to … Continue reading

May 14, 2015 · 2 Comments

Tabhair Dom Do Lámh

As you may have guessed An Sionnach Fionn fully supports the proposed amendment to the definition of marriage as outlined in Article 41 of Bunreacht na hÉireann. The addition of a new section will … Continue reading

May 6, 2015 · 5 Comments

UZI, UZI, UZI

There is a decidedly weird fetishization of guns and the possession of guns that characterizes some serving and former members of An Garda Síochána, especially those with a decidedly authoritarian bent. They, and some … Continue reading

May 1, 2015 · 2 Comments

The Right To Hate The Second-Class Irish

  Another year, another dire record of public services to Irish-speaking citizens and communities by the supposedly bilingual Irish state (note the word “Irish” in that description. Ah, the irony…). … Continue reading

April 30, 2015 · 13 Comments

The International Lesbian Conspiracy To Sap My Precious Bodily Fluids

Here is a warning to all true Irishmen, one that we disregard at our peril, from Tom Finnegan, a legal advisor to Mothers and Fathers Matter, a “No” supporting group in the … Continue reading

April 29, 2015 · 4 Comments

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

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