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The UK Hammers Its Own Brexit Deal With The EU And Ireland

Following several months of torturous negotiations, in the early hours of Monday the 4th of December, the government of the United Kingdom seemed …

Brexit

British Minister Michael Gove Claims That The UK Can Renege On Its Exit Deal With The EU And Ireland

Less than twenty-four hours after the United Kingdom issued a joint-report with the European Union on its planned exit from the EU, a senior …

Brexit

The EU And Ireland Wins Major Concessions From Britain As DUP Sidelined

The final, much-delayed agreement between the United Kingdom and the European Union – including, Ireland – has been published, spelling out what …

Brexit

Lady Sylvia Hermon Castigates The Recklessness Of The DUP And Tories

Bar the elected representatives of the liberal-leaning Alliance Party and a handful of others, almost the entirety of pro-union opinion in the …

Brexit

Spokesperson Offers Paranoid Defence Of Trump-Backed Roy Moore

Taking a step away from the insanity that is Brexit politics in the United Kingdom, let us dip a toe into the madness that is Trumpian politics in …

Democratic Unionist Party

Unionism In Ireland Is Turning Brexit Into Its Political Death Warrant

The political humiliation of Theresa May, the inept prime minister of the United Kingdom, continues, with the news this morning that the belligerent …

Democratic Unionist Party

The DUP And Arlene Foster Blocks Compromise “Soft Border” Deal Between Ireland, The EU and Britain

Early on Monday morning it seemed as if several months of torturous negotiations between Dublin, Brussels and London had paid off, with all the …

Brexit

Former UK Government Minister Links Brexit Animosity Towards Ireland To World War II

Another day and another round of bizarre opinions from politicians in Britain as the rancorous Brexit schism between the United Kingdom and the …

Brexit

Tony Northrup And Jared Polin, JPEG Versus RAW Photography

Okay, so I’m probably going to seem a wee bit hypocritical after my recent complaint about people jumping down YouTube rabbit holes but this …

Photography

The Madness Of Brexit Britain, From David Trimble To Iain Duncan Smith

The insanity continues. David Trimble, the former chief of the centrist Ulster Unionist Party, now eclipsed among pro-union voters in the north-east …

Brexit

Kate Hoey: The Irish “Will Have To Pay” For A Brexit Border In Ireland

If anything encapsulates the political insanity gripping the United Kingdom, surely it must be the sight of the reactionary Labour Party MP, Kate …

Democratic Unionist Party

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald Resigns, Saving Fine Gael’s Minority Government

And with one bound she is gone! Or rather, with a few gentle nudges in the right direction from senior party colleagues. According to a report by The …

Fine Gael

The Othering Of Mary Lou McDonald By The Right-Wing Press

Mary Lou McDonald is almost certain to be the next leader of Sinn Féin. Kim Bielenberg writes filler pieces for the <i>Sunday Independent</i>. Lets see how …

Elections

Irish Government Report Details Europe’s Worries Over The “Chaos” Gripping Britain

For those of us who grew up under Fine Gael taoisigh like Garret Fitzgerald and John “Union Jack” Bruton, the evident annoyance of the FG-led …

Brexit

The UK Conspiracy Theory To Explain The Brexit Impasse With Ireland And EU

It has become standard fare among left-wing activists and politicians in the United Kingdom to accuse the political editor of the BBC News, Laura …

Brexit

The Stars Of YouTube: A Mischief Of Cannibalistic Rats

I’ve referred on a few occasions to the surprisingly insular world of political commentary on YouTube, where opposing networks of highly opinionated …

Viral

Irony Alert! Buzzfeed Condemns Partisan, For-Profit Clickbait Media Network

The American website, Buzzfeed, has carried out an investigation into the sprawling Italian media company, Web365, owned by the entrepreneur and …

Journalism

WTF Podcast: Marc Maron And Louis CK In 2010

In retrospect, this nearly four hour discussion between the stand-up comedians Marc Maron and Louis CK is incredibly revealing of the latter’s …

Podcasting

Fine Gael’s Response To Homelessness: Don’t Blame Us, Blame The Homeless

It’s difficult to feel anything but outrage and disgust at the government’s passive response to the crisis of homelessness in Ireland. So far the …

Fine Gael

Fanmade YouTube Series, Star Trek Continues, Reaches Its Conclusion With Final Episode

In a previous article I mentioned my fondness for the fanmade sci-fi series, <i>Star Trek Continues</i>, which came to an end on Monday with the publication …

Star Trek

Marc Maron And Nick Di Paolo Offer Contrasting Views On The Louis CK Scandal

Given the consistent allegations of lewd behaviour towards female colleagues by the otherwise brilliant American comedian Louis CK, I have to wonder …

Comedy

The DUP Hides The Source Of Its Anti-EU Brexit Donation

Despite numerous attempts by right-wing commentators in the United Kingdom to dismiss or downplay the issue, questions about the origins of a …

Brexit

The Remembrance Day Or Enniskillen Bombing, A Warning From History

On Wednesday the 28th of October 1987 the windows of a Renault 9 car parked outside a line of garages in the Creggan district of Derry, a majority …

Arm Na Poblachta, Army Of The Republic, Reveals Its Anti-Armour Capacity

The term <i>Irish Republican Army</i> (<i>IRA</i>) – or more rarely, <i>Army of the Irish Republic</i> – entered the modern political lexicon in the 1850s and ’60s with the …

Leo Varadkar’s Shamrock-And-Poppy Badge Inspired By UVF Terror Symbol

Judging by the adverse reaction on social media, I think it’s safe to say that yesterday’s perplexing decision by An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, to wear …

The Paradise Papers And The Intricate Tax-Affairs Of Irish Celebrities

I must confess that I have yet to watch an episode of the joint BBC-RTÉ co-production, <i>Mrs. Brown’s Boys</i>, a bawdy sitcom popular with television …

The Inevitable Unionist And Alt-Unionist Failure

On the issue of the United Kingdom’s poisonous legacy colony in Ireland it’s rare to find a bit of non-apologist opinion in the pages of the …

Democratic Unionist Party

Exploring The Lord of the Rings

This is a post that will likely appeal to only truly obsessive fans of JRR Tolkien’s fantasy trilogy, <i>The Lord of the Rings</i>. However it might help …

J.R.R. Tolkien

Jenna Abrams, Russia’s American Twitter Sock-Puppet

The Daily Beast has a well-researched article examining the mysterious Jenna Abrams, a minor right-wing “celebrity” in the United States who came to …

Internet Research Agency

1.8 Million Fake Breathalyser Tests Recorded By An Garda

Am I the only one who believes that the “breathalyser tests” scandal in An Garda Síochána is failing to receive the political and media outrage it …

Justice