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Irish Senators Fiddle With Anthems While Irish History Burns

Every time I hear of some new bit of nonsense out of Seanad Éireann, the unelected – and unelectable – upper house of the Oireachtas, I rue the day …

Oireachtas Éireann

The UK Customs Bill Amendments Makes The Return Of A Hard Border Inevitable

Less than two weeks after announcing a much derided compromise plan to solve the United Kingdom’s failed Brexit negotiations with the European Union, …

Great Britain

The Bomb Attacks On The Homes Of Gerry Adams And Bobby Storey

It is difficult to know what one should make of the “bomb” attacks on the Belfast homes of Gerry Adams, the former Sinn Féin leader, and Bobby Story, …

Hard Brexit

Arlene Foster And The DUP’s “Crimean Bridge” To Scotland

Following the military annexation of the Ukrainian region of Crimea by the Russian Federation in early 2014, supposedly in response to the demands of …

Russia

Milo Yiannopoulos In UKIP? The British Alt-Right Reaches Peak Trolling

Every time I see Milo Yiannopoulos, the posterboy of the hipster alt-right in the United Kingdom and the United States, I’m reminded of the satirical …

United Kingdom

British Government In The North Of Ireland “Riddled” With IRA Agents

The news that Drew Harris, the Deputy Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), has been selected as the new Commissioner of …

Northern Ireland

The Atari VCS Crowdfunding Controversy

Like most gamers I have a great deal of fondness for Atari, the former American technology company which pretty much made arcade and home gaming part …

Retrogaming

Ana Kasparian And The Young Turks Attack Dave Rubin

Many readers will be aware of Dave Rubin, the newest self-made YouTube celebrity on the libertarian right in the United States of America. …

Media Industry

British Right-Wing YouTubers Paul Joseph Watson And Carl Benjamin Join Ailing UKIP

Many observers of the political scene in Britain have been surprised by the news that three prominent YouTube figures loosely associated with the …

United Kingdom

58% Of British Voters Have Little Or No Understanding Of The UK Border Issue In Ireland

Another day, another Brexit-related poll, this time examining the views of people living in the United Kingdom. Asked by the survey company Survation …

Great Britain

Anti-Abortion Campaigners Promote Voting Fraud Conspiracy Theory To Explain Defeat

One notable feature of the recent referendum on removing Article Eight of Bunreacht na hÉireann was the adoption of American-style campaigning by …

Constitutional Reform In Ireland, A Success Story For The Right And Not The Left?

Like many political observers I was more than a little apprehensive about the outcome of last Friday’s referendum on repealing Article Eight of …

A Pro-Choice Landslide Predicted In Ireland’s Abortion Referendum

Given the reputation of Irish exit polling, the results below may well be the cause of good cheer for the pro-choice or Yes campaign come the actual …

The UK Threatens The EU. And Then Claims The Beaches Of Donegal!

One gets the impression that Brexit Britain is like a wild animal caught in a steel trap, driven wild with pain and frustration, gnawing at its own …

Jeremy Corbyn Visits Belfast, The British Press Revives The Troubles

The hysterical reaction by a significant section of the news media in the United Kingdom to the forthcoming visit by the British Labour Party leader, …

The Iron Age Battle Site At Alken Enge In The Illerup River Valley, Denmark

Right up to the 19th century and perhaps somewhat later, it was common practice for historians and scholars to accept the claims of Classical and …

The Glenanne Gang: Britain’s Soldiers Turned Gunmen During The Troubles

The Glenanne Gang was a state-backed terrorist group which operated in the United Kingdom’s embattled legacy colony on the island of Ireland during …

The DUP And Tories Demand An Amnesty For The British Army Death Squads

The Military Reaction Force or MRF was a covert British Army unit which operated in the greater Belfast area during the 1970s, the earliest part of …

UK Ministers Demand General Amnesty For British Army War Crimes In Ireland

Around 5.00pm on Monday the 23rd of October 1972, thirty-one-year-old Michael Naan drove into his isolated farm in the townland of Aughnahinch, near …

Changing How We Teach Irish In Our Schools

I have some sympathy with those who argue that the teaching of Irish in our primary and secondary schools should be on the basis of continuous …

The Total Of Conflict-Related Deaths After 1998 And The End Of The Irish-British Troubles

Since the signing of the multiparty and intergovernmental Good Friday Agreement of April 1998, and up to December 2017, nearly 160 men, women and …

Harold Bornstein And Rudy Giuliani Reveal Donald Trump’s Dirty Secrets

What an extraordinary few days it has been in the crazy world of Donald J Trump. First up, the business tycoon’s personal physician, who gave the …

Alt-Right Generation Identity Brings Supervillain Kitsch To Its Defend Europe Mission In The Alps

Speaking of matters on the far-right, over the last couple of years the so-called Identitarian movement in Europe has proven itself to be …

UUP Lord Kilclooney Attacks Leo Varadkar With “Typical Indian” Jibe

For over thirty years, the Monaghan-born politician John Taylor, who sits as Lord Kilclooney in the upper house of the British parliament, was a …

Lindsay Ellis On The Hobbit Trilogy Of Movies, More Jackson Than Tolkien

Here is a nice series of retrospective, if occasionally discursive, videos from the geek pop-culture commentator Lindsay Ellis examining the legacy …

Video: Michelle Wolf At The White House Correspondents’ Dinner

The extraordinary reaction of the ideological right-wing in the United States to the 20 minute comedy routine of the former Daily Show alumni, …

The DUP Deploys Alt-Right Rhetoric To Attack Dublin And Brussels

Earlier today, an Taoiseach Leo Varadkar used the latest session of the All-Island Civic Dialogue forum to strongly refute the claim that the Irish …

Donald Trump Launches Epic Tirade On The Fox And Friends Show

The sight and sound of the 45th President of the United States of America engaging in a thirty minute rant against his enemies, real and perceived, …

Scottish Gaelic Is Not Dying, It Is Being Killed

There is a typically dire, fact-free article on the Scottish language (Scottish Gaelic) in today’s Herald newspaper, penned by the writer Brian …

170,216 Irish Women And Girls Are Murderers Because They Had Abortions?

The Journal has a feature on yesterday’s small protest outside the iconic GPO building in Dublin, the seat of the revolutionary Provisional …