Month: August 2018

The Endless Generosity of the Irish is Our Achilles’ Heel

Most of us who went to primary school in Ireland will have memories of the Trócaire box being passed around at school so we could raise money for the “poor black babies in Africa.” The front of the box would...

/ 28/08/2018

The Death of a Republic I : The Death of a Democracy

To whom it may concern; I hereby regret to inform you that after a long battle with various afflictions, the Irish Republic (née Saorstát Éireann) passed away during the year 2018. She went relatively peacefully in her sleep, the last...

/ 26/08/2018

An Agnostic Perspective On The Pope’s Visit

If you ask me what I remember about 1979, I’d be hard put to remember many significant events beyond Margaret Thatcher coming to power in the UK, Jack Lynch being replaced as Taoiseach by Charles Haughey and one of the...

/ 24/08/2018

Michael D. Higgins’ Marxist Philosophical Circus

In his “King Lear,” William Shakespeare writes: “Thou shouldst not have been old till thou hadst been wise.” I cannot think of a public figure in Ireland who exemplifies it better than our old-new presidential candidate Michael D. Higgins. He...

/ 21/08/2018

Ireland’s Traveller Policy: An Inherent Contradiction

The ‘National Traveller and Roma Inclusion Strategy’ (2017 – 2021), published in June 2017 described Travellers and Roma as “among the most disadvantaged and marginalised people in Ireland”. The Report provides strong evidence for this marginalization citing for example that...

/ 19/08/2018

Acht na Gaeilge: Free State Failures for the Six Counties

Free State Failures: The Irish language occupies a schizophrenic place within the policymaking and public consciousness of the 26 counties. While institutionalised at an educational and legislative level and generally supported by the public at large, the language barely registers...

/ 15/08/2018

Ireland: The Land of Sin and Cynicism

Last week, I had the pleasure of talking to presidential hopeful Kevin Sharkey about the problems this island faces now and in the future. Unfortunately, due to having to keep the article to a readable length, a whole range of...

/ 13/08/2018

Kevin Sharkey: An Ireland-First President?

Ultimately however, Kevin Sharkey is at the mercy of mainstream politics for the time being.

/ 09/08/2018

MAGA through Manga: How Japanese Media has Fueled the Western Right

Anime has become the spearhead of a major cultural shift.

/ 05/08/2018