Slut-Shaming Irish-Speakers

Je Suis Gael

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. It is a well-bloodied hammer used to bludgeon Irish-speaking communities with a familiar message: Gaels know thy place! With language equality making the headlines both nationally and regionally the grey-haired war nags of … Continue reading

Coalition Loyalists Are Rewarded While Protesters Are Imprisoned

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

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 that the new administration would break the decades old practice of cronyism, nepotism and party-largesse that characterized Irish political parties in government since the 1960s … Continue reading

Unleash The Dogs Of Policing

An officer of the Garda Public Order Unit or riot squad, An Garda Síochána, Ireland

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 critical line on the current Fine Oibre administration does that make one a political dissident? Will the “dogs of policing” be dispatched if one crosses … Continue reading

All-Ireland Majority Support For Irish Language State Services

Scary Eire

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 1,000 adults over the age of 15 in the Republic and over 1,000 adults over 16 in the north conducted on behalf of Conradh na … Continue reading

Partition Is Wrong In Ukraine But Right In Ireland?

The British Occupied North of 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 of communities opposed to the separatists, and ultimately perhaps the retention or annexation of the breakaway zones by those foreign powers who actively encouraged the … Continue reading

Yes To Equality

Tá. Comhionannas. LADT - Yes. Equality. LGBT

There are many fair and progressive reasons to vote yes in the expected referendum on marriage equality later this year and I agree with most of them. However there is a less immediately obvious reason to support the constitutional amendment on same-sex relationships. A positive vote in the plebiscite will send out from Ireland a message of … Continue reading

The Monster Raving Loony Unionist Party

Celebrating 100 years of terrorising the people of Ireland - the British Brown Shirts?

In the second decade of the 21st century the British people as a whole have little interest and even less regard for the last remnant of the British colony on the island of Ireland. There is hardly anyone in Britain, outside of the Far Right or ultra-nationalist Unionist contingents, who genuinely believes that “Northern Ireland” is … Continue reading

The Most Fucked Up Little Country In the World

Cearta Teanga, Cearta Daonna. Language Rights equal Human Rights. Irish language rights cannot be abrogated

How do you eliminate institutional discrimination against a minority community when public servants from an apathetic majority community dominate nearly all government departments and services? By ensuring that those who are discriminated against are allocated fair representation within those departments and services. From a report by the Journal: “A REPORT COMMISSIONED by the Joint Committee on Environment, Culture and … Continue reading

Condemning Rebellion In Occupied France And Ireland

The Roman Catholic hierarchy with John Redmond MP, the leader of the Irish Nationalist establishment, 1912

Today’s Irish Times newspaper carries a deeply offensive article examining the period of 1939-45 in France and what the author of the piece characterizes as the “armed rebellion” of the French Resistance against the mandated administration of the country by Nazi Germany and it’s collaborationist partners during World War II. In particular the journalist questions … Continue reading

Translation Fail

Sign of Albain or Scotland

Cautioning on the perils of machine translation, especially when expectations surpass achievable results, Michael Bauer on his Dear Developer blog posts a letter he has written to the Conservative MSP Murdo Fraser following the latter’s suggestion that Scottish (Scottish Gaelic) be added to the list of languages available on Google Translate: “I’m sure that this is a well-intentioned idea but in my professional opinion, … Continue reading

Je Suis Gael

Je Suis Gael

In 1981 the “reverend” Ian Paisley MP MEP, founder and chief of the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster, the Democratic Unionist Party and several quasi-terrorist groupings (notably the Ulster Resistance), issued an infamous response to a speech by the Fianna Fáil leader Charles Haughey where he claimed on behalf of the British Unionist minority in … Continue reading

The Jacobin View On Ireland

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

    The US-based Jacobin magazine has a lengthy and well-informed article on the current situation here in Ireland, particularly as it relates to the re-emergence of the Left as a force in Irish politics: “Throughout the past fall and again in December, people took to the streets in numbers rarely seen in Ireland. On … Continue reading

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

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