Ireland Of The Apes

Speak English! Not Irish!

Are we really so enslaved to our post-colonial neuroses, so malformed by centuries of external domination, that even after ninety years of independence we are still unable to contemplate giving equal prominence to our own language on our own road signs alongside the language of our one-time masters? And what excuses do we cushion our own pathetic feelings of … Continue reading

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Maíria Cahill And Micheál Martin’s Cynical Opportunism

Fianna Fáil, back from the dead ( (Photo: Séamas Ó Sionnaigh, Binn Éadair, Cúige Laighean, Éire, Meitheamh 2012)

Maíria Cahill, a member of a respected Republican family from Belfast and a former youth activist with Sinn Féin, has recently sought vindication for what she regards as unfair treatment at the hands of the (Provisional) Irish Republican Army – and Sinn Féin – during the late 1990s and early 2000s. She has convincingly argued … Continue reading

Water Charges, The Irish Poll Tax

Water taxation in Ireland, via Uisce Éireann or Irish Water

In 1989 the Conservative Party government in Britain, under the premiership of Margaret Thatcher, introduced the officially regarded “community charge” or popularly despised “poll tax” into Scotland, the first step in a planned nationwide imposition. This flat-rate charge was designed to fund local government authorities across the country with the taxation set and collected locally. … Continue reading

The Imposition Of Water Taxes Goes International

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

The imposition of the new Troika-dictated water tax on Irish households by the Fine Oibre coalition government has started to make international headlines, particularly as protests around the country get more voluble. From BBC News: “The Emerald Isle can thank a damp climate for its greenery, with plenty of rain and no shortage of water. … Continue reading

The Irish Neo-Ascendancy: You Pay So We Don’t Have To

Enda Kenny, the great leader of the Irish nation

Just when you believe that resigned familiarity has made one desensitized to the arrogance of Ireland’s Neo-Ascendancy class along comes a revelation that reminds one of the truly iniquitous divisions that define modern Irish society. The privileges of the 10% “haves” versus the servility of the 90% “have-nots” via the “Irish” Mirror: “Pampered politicians will … Continue reading

Irish Politics Or Looking After Your Own

Corruption or patronage

  When the coalition government of Fine Gael and Labour took power in 2011 they did so on a wave of voter unrest and promises of a “democratic revolution” in Irish politics. Corruption and cronyism were no longer to be the hallmarks of Ireland’s political classes. Instead the Fine Oibre alliance promised an era of … Continue reading

The Problem With Irish? Not Enough Politics!

Labhair Gaeilge

There is a great article over on Diaga on the importance of persecuted communities with distinct languages and cultures achieving some form of political autonomy if their identities are to survive. I recommend that you read the whole thing but here are some highlights: “Mulling over the Scottish ‘no’ vote last week, it occurred to me just … Continue reading

Bend Over And Spread Your Cheeks

Enda Kenny, the great leader of the Irish nation

Not only does Irish Water want to fuck you up the ass, they want to tell others that they have fucked you up the ass just in case they too would be interested in fucking you up the ass while making you pay for the privilege of being fucked up the ass. However unwillingly! From Gene Kerrigan in the Irish … Continue reading

Joan Burton, Minister For Amnesia

The-All-Ireland-Percentage-Vote-For-The-European-Parliament-2014

Joan Burton, the unapologetic “minister for austerity” and now Labour Party leader on the (unlikely) possibility of Sinn Féin being elected to government in 2016, via TheJournal: ““In my view if people were to give control of the economy to Sinn Féin then they might as well hand the keys of the country back to … Continue reading

Scotland Requires Some Gaelic Solidarity

The Celtic Nations

Until recent weeks the Irish media was relatively quiet on events in Scotland expecting, like most commentators around the globe, for the British Unionist “No” campaign to defeat the SNP-led “Yes” side in the upcoming referendum on independence. That was certainly the given wisdom based upon the confidence of the metropolitan elites in London and the … Continue reading

The Irrational Nature Of The Anti-Irish Bigots

English versus An Ghaeilge

Have some indigenous Gaelic moles crept into the hallowed Hibernophobe halls of Independent House, publishers of the Indo stable of newspapers? A couple of weeks ago we witnessed some atypically discrimination-free commentary on the rights of Irish-speaking citizens from Clare Cullen in the Irish Independent. Now we have radio reviewer Darragh McManus offering some more sane opinions in the same … Continue reading

Irish-Medium Education Overcoming The Odds

Labhair Gaeilge

Over the last decade the devolved government in Wales, with near cross-party unanimity, has used its growing powers over education to encourage Welsh-medium education by facilitating the growth of existing and new Welsh-speaking schools across the country. In 2013 nearly 24% of primary and 21% of secondary age students attended Welsh-medium schools, a rise from … Continue reading

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