Category: Politics

The Burkean’s Presidential Election Recap

Tomorrow, we go to the polls to elect a president, and the incumbent is virtually certain to be re-elected in a landslide. But let nobody tell you that this exercise in democracy has not been useful. At this point, let...

/ 25/10/2018

Love Éire, Keep Blasphemy, Vote No – But Not For Why You Think

Ireland is changing. Ireland is changing from what used to be a nation of small, rural communities into something akin to a satellite nation of the United States and the greater anglosphere, with all the trinkets and trappings of American...

/ 24/10/2018

Why Didn’t the Irish Rebel? Explaining Post-Crash Inertia

The question of how the Irish elite avoided being overthrown, if not publicly hanged, in the aftermath of the Great Recession must surreptitiously linger in the minds of those in the corridors of power to this day. Despite the recent...

/ 22/10/2018

Simon’s Game Plan is Beyond Cynical: Make it Stop!

Simon Harris looks and acts like a man with a plan. It is not a nice plan. In fact, it is a deeply cynical plan. But the signs are that Harris’s plan is working, at least for now, and at...

/ 19/10/2018

Language, Spin and Irish Politics

“It seems that our public life is now to be dominated by spin and that plain speaking is elided in favour of meaningless public relations speak.” - Mr. Justice Peter Charleton In his latest report on the Disclosures Tribunal, Mr....

/ 17/10/2018

Michael D Has Lived Well Off the Taxpayer – He Won’t Change in the Next Seven Years

The presidential election of 2018 has drilled home one point repeatedly: President Higgins has lived very well for the last seven years. The next seven years are not going to change him in the slightest. Given the futility of the...

/ 16/10/2018

The Irish Presidential Election Doesn’t Matter and Distracts Us From Real Issues

A future Irish historian glancing over some of the headlines in the Autumn of 2018 would be surprised at the national fixation with the 2018 Irish Presidential Election. This fixation could have been forgiven had the race been dogged with...

/ 13/10/2018

Will Sex-Selective Abortion be Part of Ireland’s Future?

Last week, something strange happened in the United Kingdom, something quite topical given recent events here. The Labour MP Naz Shah, the Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities on Jeremy Corbyn’s frontbench, called for a ban on a...

/ 30/09/2018

Free Speech Ireland – A New Project

You could be forgiven for thinking that setting up a college society is a relatively inconspicuous endeavour that rarely draws attention from the student body. Usually, it is those students who are passionate and interested in the new venture that...

/ 26/09/2018

Mahmoud Abbas Should Not be Welcomed, or Funded, by Ireland

On Saturday, the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas visited Dublin and met the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar as well as the Tánaiste Simon Coveney. Judging by the photograph of the happy threesome, Varadkar seems to have enjoyed the occasion. It was certainly...

/ 25/09/2018