All posts by Keith Mills

The Presidential Election: Winners And Losers

I must admit that my interest in the 2018 Irish Presidential Election was primarily one of an amateur psephologist rather than being driven by the politics of the contest or indeed the rather lacklustre candidates. The winner was never in...

/ 28/10/2018

The Wrong Side of History

On September 30th 1938 a clearly euphoric British Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain returned home to a huge cheering crowd at Heston Aerodrome in West London. He had spent the previous days in Munich with other European leaders, in meetings hosted...

/ 04/10/2018

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

The MacGill Controversy: A Storm in a Bubble

In the midst of the biggest housing crisis in the history of the state, the longest ever hospital waiting lists, and the potential outcomes for Ireland in the ongoing Brexit negotiations, you might think that an obscure political summer school...

/ 25/06/2018

Welcome to Post-Catholic Ireland

On a cold January afternoon in 1922, Irish history changed forever in the courtyard of Dublin Castle, as the last Viceroy of Ireland handed over the keys of the city’s most historic building to the new Provisional Government of the...

/ 29/05/2018

A Proposal for a Course on National Studies

What with the “Beast from the East”, the upcoming abortion referendum and the ongoing crises in health and housing, you’ve most likely missed a double celebration of the Irish language that’s languishing at the bottom of the media’s priority list....

/ 15/03/2018

Judging 80’s Ireland

The long overdue apology by an Garda Síochána issued last month to Joanne Hayes, whose life was blighted forever by the almost forgotten “Kerry Babies” scandal, has triggered a thoroughly risible campaign to re-write recent Irish history. The media coverage...

/ 08/02/2018

Conservatives Should Care About the Decline of the Centre Left

In covering international affairs over the past year the Irish mainstream media has almost exclusively focused on the fallout from the Brexit referendum and Donald Trump’s three ring circus in Washington. You could be forgiven for thinking there was little...

/ 15/11/2017

Is there Hope for Renua as Ireland’s New Conservative Party?

It was a crisp Saturday morning in January 2014 when I joined almost 1,500 concerned citizens in the RDS for a “Monster Rally” organised by the Reform Alliance. The alliance was formed four months earlier by five former Fine Gael...

/ 15/10/2017

Australian Referendum: An Inside Perspective

As I write my first article for this journal, I’m watching the ferries meander around Sydney’s Circular Quay and considering how a loose-lipped drag queen ended up prompting my latest visit down under. In early 2014, Rory O’Neill (aka Panti...

/ 01/10/2017