Month: June 2021

Defence Forces Retract Farcical Threat Assessment of Radical Right

The past year we’ve become accustomed to our state’s security apparatus warning about an as of yet non-existent terrorist threat from the so called far right. While the Oireachtas benches have not been graced by their first hard right parliamentarian,...

/ 18/06/2021

Exit Edwin: What the Poots Resignation Means for Unionism

A new First Minister has been crowned, and fast falls the Sword of Damocles on Edwin Poots for his temerity. Less than a month after a bitter and public backstabbing that saw Arlene Foster toppled, her successor has suffered the...

/ 17/06/2021

The Plan to Revive Irish Mass Rocks

As the pandemic and oppressive government edicts challenge ecclesiastical services across Ireland, a new push is underway to revive the time-honoured tradition of the Irish Mass Rock. Spearheaded by the pastoral charity, Aid to the Church in Need Ireland, priests...

/ 17/06/2021

The New Garda Powers Bill — A Cause for Concern?

The scheme of the proposed Garda Powers Bill was brought to national attention thanks in no small part to the claim that failure to provide a password to an electronic device to Gardaí under warrant will itself constitute an offence,...

/ 16/06/2021

Far Right Observatory — How Did An Anonymous Antifascist Organisation Receive €225,000 in Charity Funding?

Early last week Gript sleuthy reported on the apparent receipt of €112,500 in state funding by a rather opaque organisation named ‘The Far Right Observatory’. While the group has been earmarked for €112,500 worth of state funds, this figure at...

/ 15/06/2021

Is the American Pro-Life Movement Heading for Victory on Roe v. Wade?

Abortion remains one of the most divisive issues in U.S politics. It follows that Roe v. Wade remains one of the most controversial U.S Supreme Court decisions. The 1973 decision ruled that the Constitution of the United States, without excessive...

/ 14/06/2021

Dublin Bay South: Ireland’s Covid Political Stress Test

Irish citizens were reminded last month of the relegated stature of their nation state with the early resignation of Eoghan Murphy. A fading star in the Fine Gael parliamentary lineup, Murphy having drank from the poison chalice at Housing for...

/ 13/06/2021

Cardinal Marx and the Future of the Church

Having travelled to Rome in May to offer his resignation as Archbishop of Munich and Freising, Cardinal Reinhard Marx received the Pope’s response today. Francis rejected the proposal, and called on bishops worldwide to take greater responsibility for the abuse crisis....

/ 11/06/2021

How and Why to be Anonymous Online

An intelligence war is waged in the shadows, not just between different State agencies but also between State agencies and non-State actors, and between two or more non-State actors.  The tools available to national agencies, particularly powerful agencies like GCHQ...

/ 09/06/2021

Irexit: Does the Visegrad Option Suit Ireland?

There are two differing poles of thought as to what Ireland’s relationship with the European Union should be amongst the right-wing; one is that of the aptly named and self-explanatory “Irexit” and the other is adopting a political stance similar...

/ 08/06/2021