All posts by Daithí O'Duibhne

Logical Fallacy and the Fake Nationalism of Neo-Sinn Féin

Tír gan teanga, tír gan anam This famous quote from Padraig Pearse is possibly the greatest source of confusion in Irish politics today.  To be clear, this is not the fault of the author. Pearse, in this short statement, outlines...

/ 08/09/2020

Damage Control: Varadkar’s Dabbling with Rightist Populism

Last week, Leo Varadkar did something a little unexpected. He published a tweet seemingly bemoaning Sinn Féin’s new disdain for white middle class men.  I say a little, because, when considering the context, Varadkar’s new found desire to stand up...

/ 17/08/2020

You Should Be Wearing a Face Mask

Last weekend, while I was going about my everyday business in Dublin city centre, I came across a populist protest. Curious to see who was organising it, and what the group were protesting, I chased after the mass of banners,...

/ 12/08/2020

The Desecration of Croke Park

The Eid al-Adha celebrations held at Croke Park made a lot of people very, very angry. The sight of some 200 traditionally clad muslims, praying in their traditional way, on the sacred soil of the Gaelic Athletic Association stung the...

/ 01/08/2020

March for Innocence Retrospective: The Emergence of a New Political Era

July 11th’s Anti-Paedophilia protest, March for Innocence will be remembered for many reasons.  Among them no doubt will be the speakers. The protest consisted of a number of big name speakers, all of whom brought their best when the time...

/ 13/07/2020

The Erasure of Western History

Remember when you were told that slippery-slope arguments are fallacious? Such a style of argument became particularly relevant during the last decade, often invoked by the right and ridiculed by the left. A slippery-slope argument was at the core of...

/ 29/06/2020

The Irish Were Slaves. Deal with it.

Gaslighting is nothing new in modern politics. Day after day, massive media and political institutions both downplay the importance of certain elements of world history, while massively inflating others.  For those of us critical of the contemporary world, this is...

/ 14/06/2020

Floyd Riots: A Critique of Impotent Rage, and the Future of Black Nationalism

There have been two main responses to the recent demonstrations in Minneapolis and other US cities.  The first is that the rioting is justified to a greater or lesser extent. This stems usually from some argument that the destruction of...

/ 30/05/2020

Forget about Cancellation, The Leaving Cert Needs to be Retired

The current Coronavirus epidemic has, if nothing else, revealed the immense fragility of the Irish state. While this truth can be seen in many areas, ranging from healthcare to employment, it is most obvious in the farcical responses to the...

/ 25/04/2020

JK Rowling, and Why Fiction is Dying

‘You reap what you sow’. After spending years feeding the progressive beast, JK Rowling has finally learned the meaning of this proverb.  How? Just like with any social media mob, it started when Rowling was caught espousing views that are...

/ 22/12/2019