All posts by Ciaran Brennan

Cahersiveen: Irish Asylum System Enters Meltdown

Flanagan’s Folly : DP Outrage in Cahersiveen  As the days go by it becomes transparent that ongoing turmoil has blown the lid off the long existing fiasco of the Direct Provision system. A cause célèbre for both the open borders...

/ 22/05/2020

The Irish Right’s Truther Problem

Truther: “one who believes that the truth about an important subject or event is being concealed from the public by a powerful conspiracy.” The term conspiracy theory is a disingenuous phrase, largely manufactured to discredit genuine concerns about political and...

/ 07/05/2020

Red Faces at the Phoenix

Irish media has not been spared the recent Corona-induced downturn as the economy enters a prolonged viral hiatus.  From the temporary lay-offs and streamlining of hacks at ‘Independent’ News and Media (INM), to a plethora of local titles hitting the...

/ 23/04/2020

Keelings: or How to Lose Friends and Infect People

As Ireland enters into the second month of its quarantine outrage has emerged at the importation of Bulgarian labour by the Ballyboughal-registered fruit company Keelings.  Announced over the past 24 hours, it has been revealed that the company had chartered...

/ 17/04/2020

Anti-Americanism is Essential for Anti-Globalism

In August of last year Shannon Airport closed temporarily on account of a fire on an US chartered carrier flying American military personnel to the Middle East. The closure was a stark reminder of the continued presence of American personnel...

/ 11/04/2020

Progressive politicking invades The Hist

Trinity College’s Historical debating Society, commonly known asThe Hist,has a rather comfy position within the university resting on its laurels after centuries in operation. The quarter of a millennia old student society has acted as something of an incubator for...

/ 29/03/2020

Dear USI Executive: Resign

In 2017 Katie Ascough stirred up controversy, and was eventually impeached due to her pulping of SU material containing advice for the procurement of an abortion. While a bugbear of the conservative right on campus, those who turned the knife...

/ 12/03/2020

Ireland needs a Left Government for Populism to Rise

This Saturday marks a potential shuffle in the electoral deck of cards in the 26 county state, but not in the way one might think. Since the gunmen went away, Irish elections have never really mattered, and even less so...

/ 08/02/2020

The Post-National Fianna Fáil Politician

As the perennial chancers of Irish politics, Fianna Fáil have undergone multiple regenerations since the foundation of the state. The positioning of Fianna Fáil at any one time is a thermometer reading to the contemporary condition of Irish life. From...

/ 02/01/2020

CERD19: Cat Lady Totalitarianism On Display

The following is the second in a multipart series examining the influence of Ireland’s inordinately sized NGO sector in the realm of policy formation, particularly in the areas of hate speech legislation and anti-racism advocacy. This segment casts an eye...

/ 12/12/2019