Tag: Populism

Damage Control: Gombeen Media vs Ireland’s Surging Populism

Watching the mainstream trying to understand the Irish Right is like watching a communist trying to understand why capitalism hasn't collapsed yet. While they proclaim expertise in the area, in reality their ideology prevents them from understanding anything of substance,...

/ 19/09/2020

Protests and the Irish Right: A Harmful Indulgence

Protests and street-action have recently captured the imagination of many on the Irish Right. The desire to stage protests is not a new one, but an old one finally realised. The decimation of an effective left-wing opposition at a street...

/ 06/09/2020

Damage Control: Varadkar’s Dabbling with Rightist Populism

Last week, Leo Varadkar did something a little unexpected. He published a tweet seemingly bemoaning Sinn Féin’s new disdain for white middle class men.  I say a little, because, when considering the context, Varadkar’s new found desire to stand up...

/ 17/08/2020

The Terrible Beauty of Pop Culture

The very first RTE television broadcast was transmitted on New Year's Eve 1961, and the first speaker was President Eamon De Valera. He expressed considerable foreboding regarding the new medium: "I must admit that sometimes when I think of television...

Paddy Holohan and the Shape of Sinn Féin to Come

It would appear the more centrist elements of the Irish establishment have yet to learn its lesson with regards what to do with an electorally insoluble Sinn Féin. Aiming to test the old proverb, our media is attempting to flog...

/ 10/07/2020

Can Fianna Fáil be Co-opted

How does the right attain political power in Ireland? The options must be considered and the most efficient option adopted. There are small parties, which one could join and or vote for; or there are the established parties which could...

/ 20/11/2019

Elections, Europe, and Irish Freedom: A Talk With Hermann Kelly

The European Union is not the immutable behemoth it once was. The political bloc, although once appearing to be seemingly invincible, is starting to show its cracks. Largely as a result of the 2015 migrant crisis, as well as the...

/ 10/09/2019

Populism in Our Local and European Elections

A populist is defined as “a member or adherent of a political party seeking to represent the interests of the ordinary people.” This may be one of the most abused terms in the history of politics. We in Ireland suffer...

/ 05/03/2019

Democracy isn’t All it’s Cracked Up to Be

Professor David Thunder is a researcher and lecturer at the University of Navarra’s Institute for Culture and Society in Pamplona, Spain. He is author of Citizenship and the Pursuit of the Worthy Life (Cambridge University Press, 2014). Twitter: @davidjthunder As Europe, the United...

/ 18/11/2018

Why Didn’t the Irish Rebel? Explaining Post-Crash Inertia

The question of how the Irish elite avoided being overthrown, if not publicly hanged, in the aftermath of the Great Recession must surreptitiously linger in the minds of those in the corridors of power to this day. Despite the recent...

/ 22/10/2018