An Sionnach Fionn

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DUP Laundered Brexit Money For Mysterious Constitutional Research Council

After much speculation, the controversy embroiled Democrat Unionist Party (DUP) has finally come clean and named the British lobby group it spent …

Brexit

Forty Years Of 2000 AD

The seminal British sci-fi and fantasy comic, <i>2000 AD</i>, is celebrating its 40th anniversary this week so I thought I’d feature a few videos marking the …

Entertainment

Limited Use Of The Welsh Language Will Be “Allowed” In The British Parliament

Over the last twenty years the political terminology of the United Kingdom of Great Britain has undergone a subtle but significant change. The Labour …

The War On Terror Has Simply Generated More Terror

From the excellent TomDispatch, this analysis of the so-called “War on Terror” in the Middle East by the United States and its erstwhile allies (from …

Foreign Policy

Leo Varadkar And The Irish Independent’s Prurient Tabloid Journalism

As citizens and voters, do you need to know if your politicians are married or in a relationship? Do you need to know the identity and background of …

Journalism

The Alliance Party Using Facebook To Sockpuppet The News Media

The greatest political challenge for the pro-union Alliance Party of Northern Ireland (APNI) is one of identity. Ostensibly it is a British unionist …

Journalism

Arlene Foster And The DUP Deploy Donald Trump Tactics For The Stormont Election

It seems that Arlene Foster, the beleaguered leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), has adopted the electoral playbook of Donald Trump, …

Donald Trump

Is Donald Trump Being Challenged By The Deep State In The US?

The term “<i>deep state</i>” is often used to describe the core historical institutions of a nation state, especially when they are known to act in their …

Foreign Policy

Enda Kenny, A Taoiseach On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown

So Enda Kenny’s premiership has survived for another day following last night’s unsuccessful vote in Dáil Éireann on the proposed motion of no …

Enda Kenny

Crannóg, The Island Lake Dwelling Of Celtic And Medieval Ireland

In simple terms, a <i>crannóg</i> is an artificial island of variable size and height, roughly circular or oval in shape, constructed by piling earth and …

Donald Trump Finds His Minister Of Public Enlightenment And Propaganda

Stephen Miller, a senior adviser to the United States president, takes to the Sunday morning television shows in the US to condemn the perceived …

Donald Trump

The Maurice McCabe Whistleblower Scandal

The latest scandal blowing through the ranks of an Garda Síochána, and through the “state” more generally, will be familiar enough to regular readers …

Corruption

The Ballad Of Halo Jones, An Ian Gibson Interview

My earliest exposure to comic books came through the pages of the British weekly, <i>2000 AD</i>, an imported publication which I began to read around the …

Entertainment

The Irish Language Finds A Cold Home In The Irish Parliament And State

While we are certainly right to decry the inherent <i>hibernophobia</i> of mainstream political unionism in Ireland, not to mention the United Kingdom’s …

The UK Throws Two Decades Of Irish-British Peace To The Brexit Winds

It’s a rare thing indeed for the national press in Ireland to express anger at the political misdeeds of the unionist parties in the north-east of …

Ireland

Tom Shippey Discusses JRR Tolkien’s Beowulf Translation In Three Video Lectures

JRR Tolkien began to write a tentative prose edition of the Medieval epic poem, <i>Beowulf</i>, while teaching at the University of Leeds in the early 1920s. …

J.R.R. Tolkien

Dermot Ahern, Former Minister for Foreign Affairs, Predicts Significant Brexit Border

Here is Dermot Ahern, the former Fianna Fáil TD for Louth and a senior minister in several FF-led governments from 1997 to 2011, discussing his …

Europe

The DUP Vows To Skin The Irish Crocodiles And Turn Them Into Union Jack Handbags

Talking of colonial supremacists, here is Arlene Foster, the beleaguered leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and her latest contribution to …

Europe

Sir Edward Carson And The Politics Of Ulster Unionist Alt-Democracy

Before Donald J Trump, before the politics of the alt-right in the United States, there was Sir Edward Carson and the politics of British unionism – …

Democracy

Two Blade Runner Fan Films, Slice Of Life And Tears In The Rain

There are two short films dong the rounds at the moment, both inspired by Ridley Scott’s seminal 1982 science-fiction release, <i>Blade Runner</i>, which …

Science Fiction

Mick Wallace: NAMA Is Rotten To The Core

Whatever one’s feeling about the past business affairs of Mick Wallace, there is no doubt that the <i>Independents 4 Change</i> politician has, as they …

Kellyanne Conway And The Bowling Green Massacre

From across the wide Atlantic its seems that the White House administration of Donald J Trump is stumbling from one duplicitous crisis to another. Or …

Donald Trump

The Séamus Ludlow Murder, How Ireland And Britain Conspired In A Cover-Up

Forty-seven year old Séamus Ludlow, a quiet, unassuming life-long bachelor, was something of a man of habit. On the afternoon of Saturday the 1st of …

Waterboarding And Electric Shock Torture, Britain’s Dirty War In Ireland

Since the effective end of the conflict in the north-east of Ireland, the so-called Irish-British Troubles, a few inquisitive elements of the press …

United Kingdom

The Nerd Crew, Episode 2

Red Letter Media are back with a second episode of the Nerd Crew podcast, which includes such observational nuggets as, “<i>The title, Star Wars: the</i> …

Star Wars

Latest LucidTalk – Belfast Telegraph Assembly Poll. Is The DUP In Trouble?

Like many other observers I’m somewhat sceptical about the validity of election polling in the north-east of the country. Despite nearly two decades …

Elections

An Sionnach Fionn

Stephen Miller, a senior adviser to the United States president, takes to the Sunday morning television shows in the US to condemn the perceived …

Democracy

An Islamic State Drone Bombs An M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tank In Iraq

Talking of the Islamic State (IS), this recent propaganda video released by the group highlights its deployment of improvised drones in the …

Iraq

From Margaret Thatcher And The Valiant UVF, To WebOps And Palestinian Salad

By the late 1960s over four decades had passed since the United Kingdom had given any concerted attention to the internal affairs of its overseas …

Margaret Thatcher

Appeasing The Orange Trumps Of British Unionism In Ireland Has Failed

It’s sometimes difficult to remember that there is a distinction to be drawn between unionists as an ethno-national minority in Ireland and unionists …

Democracy