Category: Ireland

Sinn Féin Abandons Northern Nationalists

You would be forgiven for thinking that nothing has happened in the North for the last week, given the myopic nature of the southern media’s coverage of issues in the North. It took the worst night of rioting the North...

/ 10/04/2021

James “Lugs” Branigan: Lessons from An Era of Paternal Policing

At his retirement dinner in 1973, Chief Superintendent of the Gardaí Patrick Malone — a man not known for exaggerated statements — described Branigan as “one of those people who become a legend in their own time”. Born in 1910...

/ 08/04/2021

Galway People Before Profit Embroiled in Yet Another MeToo Scandal

Note: This article was amended on the 8th of April to clarify aspects of the legal disputes which have and are occurring as well as individuals involved. The world and NUIG in particular woke up to yet another MeToo scandal...

/ 07/04/2021

The North : Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Republican activist Des Dalton recently drew both praise and ire from active Republicans for his statement regarding the continuing armed campaign by various groups. And while there has been some discussion on the topic of the justification (or lack thereof)...

/ 28/03/2021

Command and Control: Ireland’s Centralised Media Model

The ruling ideology in Ireland is one which promotes and uses a top-down command structure, a structure which entails the creation of artificial structures in order to supplant ordinary civil society. For example, among public affairs organisations, there is an...

/ 23/03/2021

The Left Should Support Anti-Lockdownism

Calling Anti-Lockdown Protests 'Far-Right' Is Like Your Da Calling All Crisps 'Tayto'  On February 27th, 2021, a protest in favour of 'reopening' Irish society and against the lockdown restrictions currently in place was attended by several hundred people in Dublin...

/ 13/03/2021

Garda Policing must return to First Principles

“An Garda Síochána will succeed, not by force of arms or numbers, but by their moral authority as servants of the people” — Michael Joseph Staines, First Garda Commissioner The above statement is, in my opinion, a good founding principle...

/ 12/03/2021

MEON: A New Socio-Environmental Journal for the Irish Youth

Meon, m. (gs. -oin, pl. ~ta) Def. 1: Mind, disposition; character, temperament. Lang: Irish. The Burkean editorial team are very proud to announce the launch of MEON, a new socio-environmental journal for the youth of Ireland, set to launch this...

/ 10/03/2021

Future of Media Commission — Are Irish Journalists Looking for a Bailout?

Running the gamut of dealing with fake news, to potentially doling out slush money, to saving struggling journalistic titles, the Future of Media Commission is arguably the most important government commission you've never heard of currently in operation. Prompted by...

/ 09/03/2021

Good News, Bad News

We, the Irish public, will be kept indoors until early May at least — wunderbar! The National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) warns that even once the entire population is vaccinated, the virus will still be present and rolling lockdowns...

/ 08/03/2021