Category: Politics

Without Borders, Civilisation Cannot Exist

Without national borders, advanced civilisation would die. Based on the findings of a 2017 Gallup poll, 14% of the world’s adults, including a third of Sub-Saharan Africans, would emigrate if the opportunity was available. That is over 700,000,000 people. Almost...

The Shadow of the Gunman and the Demise of Fianna Fáil

Whether it was Varadkar’s exchanges with Doherty in the Dáil or reading McCullough’s biography on De Valera, I decided to revisit my decision to leave Fianna Fáil some months ago. Having been a member of the party for several years,...

/ 06/01/2019

Today, Something Changed in Ireland

Today, something changed in Ireland. For the first time in history, abortion is now readily available and practiced throughout 26 of our 32 counties. From this day forth, a new service will be offered in local medical centres. As patients...

/ 01/01/2019

The Rush to Introduce Abortion Shows it Was Always About Politics

As the introduction of widespread abortion looms ever closer, the journey towards becoming this brave new Ireland suddenly appears to be fraught with difficulties. Before the referendum in May, Government politicians and pro-choice activists went to great lengths to accentuate...

/ 12/12/2018

Ireland is Wasting Time Tackling Climate Change

There’s been a lot of talk about climate change recently, this time spawned by the COP24 summit. However, despite this resurgence, we’ve heard nothing new. Reduce this, disaster that, “think of the coral reefs!” etc etc. According to this recent...

/ 10/12/2018

A European Army is Another Brick in the Federalist Wall

The recent urgings of French President Macron and German Chancellor Merkel to the European Union to create a single European army could hardly be more crassly timed. Coming within a week either side of the centenary of the end of...

/ 08/12/2018

Does Peadar Tóibín’s New Movement Stand a Chance?

New parties have not fared well in Ireland historically. All of the leading parties were established by 1933, and the impact of newcomers has tended to be slight and short-lasting. Contrast this with France, where the En Marche movement captured...

/ 01/12/2018

The Abortion Bill and Conscientious Objection

The abortion Bill presented by Minister Simon Harris is now before the Oireachtas where numerous amendments have been tabled. Some deal specifically with the issue of conscientious objection and want to offer it better protection. The Bill envisages that doctors...

/ 28/11/2018

Can Irish Journalism Save Itself?

With its pre-budget calls for VAT reductions on newspapers and taxpayer funded schemes, the recent NewsBrands Ireland #JournalismMatters campaign sounds more like a plaintive SOS than a viable plan for the future of the Irish newspaper industry. The scale of...

/ 24/11/2018

Democracy isn’t All it’s Cracked Up to Be

Professor David Thunder is a researcher and lecturer at the University of Navarra’s Institute for Culture and Society in Pamplona, Spain. He is author of Citizenship and the Pursuit of the Worthy Life (Cambridge University Press, 2014). Twitter: @davidjthunder As Europe, the United...