All posts by Ciaran Brennan

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 as The 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...

/ 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

Ireland is Entering Late-Stage Liberalism

Ireland and the Rumblings of Populism The quick-fire legislation towards hate speech early next year is a clear signifier that the powers that be in Ireland are becoming rather rattled over an as of yet non-existing populist insurgency. While right-wing...

/ 01/12/2019

Charlie Kirk’s Demise and the Shape of Conservatism to Come

Minor skirmishes on college campuses and within political subcultures are more often than not a bellwether for forthcoming national rifts. For this reason the ongoing immolation of the conservative media personality Charlie Kirk at the hands of small bands of...

/ 17/11/2019

The University Times’s Bugging Scandal and Ireland’s Emerging Media Class

“I hate journalists. There is nothing in them but tittering jeering emptiness. They have all made what Dante calls the Great Refusal. The shallowest people on the ridge of the earth.” -William Butler Yeats Remembering Buttergate For the campus reactionary,...

/ 10/11/2019