All posts by Michael O'Dwyer Connolly

Mícheál Ó Dubhir Conghaile is a long-time geopolitics and history enthusiast as well as occasional science-fiction and fantasy writer.

Sinn Féin Are Not Nationalists

Sinn Féin is a party with an illustrious and often controversial history in Irish politics. A long time ago it was the force behind our struggle for independence from an empire that had treated us with brutality for century after...

Israel Asserts Itself: Emulation or Condemnation?

I ask what the reaction would be if a similar law was passed here in Ireland (or any other European country), confirming Ireland to be the nation-state of the Irish people.

Helsinki Hardships: The Debasement of International Relations

The summit was always going to be a damp squib and so the timeless battle will continue most likely until one country collapses or suffers a major political upset.

Russian Ruminations: a Visit to the World Cup

These past weeks I had the distinct pleasure of visiting the Russian Federation and attending the 2018 World Cup. As one might expect, upon my return I have been bombarded with questions regarding the trip, ranging from the political situation,...

The Iran Deal and a 1914 Déjà Vu

In a recent turn of events that can only be described as one of the most aggressive ‘diplomatic’ moves of this century, the United States of America withdrew from the JCPOA (otherwise known as the Iran deal) and issued a...

1920s Soviet abortion poster advertising abortion as safer than pregnancy for poor or rural women.

The Silent History of State-Sponsored Abortion

In light of the upcoming referendum on the eighth amendment, a discussion that is sorely lacking is that on the origin of abortion and its history abroad. Surely before making a momentous legal decision that will forever change the societal...

Examining Europe’s Recent Elections

The past month or so saw three major elections and many fascinating political events that came hand in hand with them. On the other side of the continent Vladimir Putin’s Russia-first mandate is stronger than ever following the presidential election...

An Illegal, Dangerous and Pointless Attack

In the early hours of the morning on the 14th of April 2018 Syria came under attack yet again, this time from a combined strike by the United States, the United Kingdom and France. Not only was this attack completely...

Why Russia’s Election Matters

Many Western pundits these days like to ask the question: do Russia’s elections actually matter? After all, the incumbent Vladimir Putin is virtually guaranteed to win. The short answer to this question is yes. However short answers are boring, and...

Crimes Against the Commuter: Troubled Trains and Befuddled Buses

Photo Credit: Ciaran Cooney - eiretrains.com Effective public transport – something that all of us, irrespective of our ideological positions, should be able to agree that every modern country needs. Public transport is absolutely integral to the daily running of...