Tag: Brexit

Why The Good Friday Agreement Will Fail

“Secular liberals and socialists expected tribal passions would gradually disappear, while improved means of communication and a better scientific understanding of the universe would take its place. But it turned out not to be so.” - Leszek Kolakowski Ireland’s Fukuyama...

/ 07/02/2019

Theresa May and the Brexit Betrayal

The political fault lines within the Tory party on EU membership and increased European integration have been the scourge of the party since the halcyon days of Thatcher.  The greatest exercise in the history of British democracy; the Brexit referendum,...

/ 13/12/2018

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...

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

The Wrong Side of History

On September 30th 1938 a clearly euphoric British Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain returned home to a huge cheering crowd at Heston Aerodrome in West London. He had spent the previous days in Munich with other European leaders, in meetings hosted...

/ 04/10/2018

Acht na Gaeilge: Free State Failures for the Six Counties

Free State Failures: The Irish language occupies a schizophrenic place within the policymaking and public consciousness of the 26 counties. While institutionalised at an educational and legislative level and generally supported by the public at large, the language barely registers...

/ 15/08/2018

DCU’s Referendum: A Case for Irish Reunification

From today until the 9th of March, Dublin City University students will be asked to vote on whether or not they want their Students Union to support Irish reunification. The campaign is being run by 'DCU4Unity' and has cross-party support...

/ 07/03/2018

Putting the Irexit Conference into Perspective

Back in 2009, Irish voters were going to the polls in the re-run of the Lisbon Treaty referendum. Ireland had voted no to this treaty in 2008 but as was the case with the Nice referendum, the authorities of the...

/ 23/02/2018

The Neo-European Empire: Why Louis Hoffman’s Analysis of the EU Falls Short

It’s funny how times change. At the dawn of the 20th century, Europe was the hub of a number of different global empires, such as Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Britain, all of which were vying for the control of the world’s...

/ 17/02/2018

The Burkean Interviews the Pioneer of Brexit, Nigel Farage

Nigel Farage, the man who was at the centre of one the world’s most important political movements of the last decades, had just arrived in Dublin a couple of hours ago. He had come to Ireland to speak at a...

/ 05/02/2018