On Creed II, Rocky and Fatherhood

This articles contains spoilers.  Creed II hit Irish cinemas last week, and the eighth installment in the Rocky saga has received rave reviews. Spoiler alerts seem redundant; with Rocky movies, there are no real surprises. The protagonist in this chapter of...

/ 09/12/2018

A European Army is Another Brick in the Federalist Wall

The recent urgings of French President Macron and German Chancellor Merkel to the European Union to create a single European army could hardly be more crassly timed. Coming within a week either side of the centenary of the end of...

/ 08/12/2018

Burke’s Right Minds: The End

This short essay marks the end of the Burke’s Right Minds series, in which many of Ireland’s top Conservative and Libertarian figures explained not just what it is they believe, but why it is that they believe what they believe....

/ 07/12/2018

GiletJaunes: What’s Happening in France?

The past few weeks have seen France wracked by severe protests. The worst protests since May of 1968 in fact. Back then they were so serious that the government feared a revolution and the entire economy of France shut down....

Burke’s Right Minds: Niamh Uí Bhriain – Progressive Nationalist

Burke’s Right Minds is a project exploring and promoting viewpoints within the conservative intellectual sphere, jointly run by The Burkean and the Edmund Burke Institute.  Why I am a progressive nationalist: I’ve spent most of my adult life working to...

/ 05/12/2018

Book Review: The Terror of Existence

Theodore Dalrymple is best known as a chronicler of British decline. A retired doctor and psychiatrist, he has written more books than most of us have had hot meals, but his most successful, Life At the Bottom and Our Culture,...

/ 04/12/2018

Burke’s Right Minds: John McGuirk – Social Conservative

Burke’s Right Minds is a project exploring and promoting viewpoints within the conservative intellectual sphere, jointly run by The Burkean and the Edmund Burke Institute.  The good, old-fashioned, judgemental, hang ‘em and flog ‘em, Social Conservative. I’m that kind of...

/ 03/12/2018

Does Peadar Tóibín’s New Movement Stand a Chance?

New parties have not fared well in Ireland historically. All of the leading parties were established by 1933, and the impact of newcomers has tended to be slight and short-lasting. Contrast this with France, where the En Marche movement captured...

/ 01/12/2018

Burke’s Right Minds: Gary Kavanagh – Burkean Conservative

Burke’s Right Minds is a project exploring and promoting viewpoints within the conservative intellectual sphere, jointly run by The Burkean and the Edmund Burke Institute.  Why I am a Burkean Conservative: What I believe is, at its core, simple -...

/ 30/11/2018

The Abortion Bill and Conscientious Objection

The abortion Bill presented by Minister Simon Harris is now before the Oireachtas where numerous amendments have been tabled. Some deal specifically with the issue of conscientious objection and want to offer it better protection. The Bill envisages that doctors...

/ 28/11/2018