Populism only wins when a citizenry becomes complacent

President Emmanuel Macron won such a decisive second victory over Marine Le Pen because France refused to be complacent in the face of populism. Many French moderates of all persuasions also discarded their loyalties in foresight of the consequences of inaction. France refused to lean into its Brexit or Trump moment, in favour of Europe… Read More Populism only wins when a citizenry becomes complacent

French election crucial to Ireland and Europe’s future

The second round of the French Presidential Election is due to take place on Sunday the 24th of April, where centrist and pro-European incumbent Emmanuel Macron hopes to beat back the tides of Eurosceptic right-wing populism embodied by Marine Le Pen. Europe and Ireland cannot afford another Brexit-style shock to European power structures and domestic economies.… Read More French election crucial to Ireland and Europe’s future

America critical front in the global battle between democracy and autocracy

Almost 15 months ago supporters of former President Trump stormed the US Capitol building during the Joint Session of Congress to certify the results of the November 2020 election. That day was the culmination of years of lies, a vicious polarisation of American society and a rapid depreciation in the values and standards of American… Read More America critical front in the global battle between democracy and autocracy

Ireland should expel Russian ambassador

The Russian Federation’s illegal recognition of Luhansk and Donetsk as independent states, followed by a Russian military invasion and occupation of the sovereign territory of eastern Ukraine is an egregious act which threatens to destabilise European security and plunge the world into a new era of military confrontation. Ireland can no longer conduct business of… Read More Ireland should expel Russian ambassador

North Atlantic’s love affair with isolationism must end

When the authoritarian powers of the East look West, what do they see? Does Russia see a unified European and American alliance acting and speaking in unison, ready to combat an assault on a modern, democratic Ukraine which seeks to immerse itself in NATO and the European Union? Is the European Union, which is now… Read More North Atlantic’s love affair with isolationism must end

Being a part of the “fake news” revolution as an Irish 15-year-old

In May 2015, I set up a personal political blog. I honestly can’t remember why, perhaps I was just bored, looking for something to do and had a spare twenty quid to purchase hosting with. It was anonymous and virtually unread. The pieces were long-winded and inarticulate but I enjoyed writing them nonetheless as a… Read More Being a part of the “fake news” revolution as an Irish 15-year-old

Long winter of Brexit discontent looms

Brexit Britain is here, in all of its flag waving, sloganeering glory. Unfortunately for Boris Johnson and his subjects, his frigid winter of discontent is rapidly descending upon a nation whose economy, public infrastructure and world standing is scarcely recognisable compared to the early 2000s. In a rare diplomatic victory for Boris Johnson last month,… Read More Long winter of Brexit discontent looms

Young people must be willing to take on left-wing populism aswell

This current generation of young people, over a short period of time, has achieved an immense amount of political change, while simultaneously garnering a reputation for being willing and able to take on dangerous populist politics. As part of being an informed and engaged voting bloc, prioritising good policy over petty, partisan politics, however, it… Read More Young people must be willing to take on left-wing populism aswell

Soft treatment of populism is what led to Varadkar mob

One reason for the recent gathering of a mob of agitators outside of Tánaiste Leo Varadkar’s home and the general rise of abuse towards politicians in Ireland is that, as a nation, we have lent far too much credence to populist politics in recent years. We refer to populist figures, elected representatives or otherwise, on… Read More Soft treatment of populism is what led to Varadkar mob

Covid: Irish society must establish level of acceptable risk and allow young people to live

Young people have made enormous sacrifices over the course of the Covid-19 pandemic. We have been told to give up 16 months, and counting, of our lives to prevent the spread of a virus which was highly unlikely to harm us. All in order to protect the most vulnerable and at risk in our society,… Read More Covid: Irish society must establish level of acceptable risk and allow young people to live

Analysis: Nord Stream 2 is a failure of European foreign policy

If Covid-19 has taught EU member states anything it should be that there is enormous value in European integration in crucial areas. The ECB’s monetary supports have strongly assisted in averting certain economic catastrophe stimulated by Covid restrictions and allowed EU nations to provide concrete supports to flailing businesses and unemployed citizens. After a slow… Read More Analysis: Nord Stream 2 is a failure of European foreign policy

Opinion: By-election points to larger dysfunctions in Irish politics

Ivana Bacik comfortably topped the poll in the much anticipated Dublin Bay South by-election, and it was a well-deserved victory. But it was a clear loss for Fine Gael and a poor showing from other government parties. Questions of leadership and electoral strategy will most certainly arise in Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael respectively. Bacik… Read More Opinion: By-election points to larger dysfunctions in Irish politics

Contrary to populist claims, Ireland is a remarkable country and we’re lucky to live here

I have had a great, big think recently; and I have concluded that, some time ago, I fell victim to accepting a general sentiment derived from artificially created, politically motivated social, economic and political narratives which portray modern-day Ireland as a failed project characterised by corruption, incompetence, inequality and general desolation. Actions by Fianna Fáil… Read More Contrary to populist claims, Ireland is a remarkable country and we’re lucky to live here

The brutal price of Venezuelan populism must act as a lesson to all

At the dawn of the 21st century, Venezuela seemed to be on a stunning upward trajectory. Many had started to believe that Latin American socialism had finally found a worthy champion. A country in possession of invaluable oil reserves under the leadership of socialist Hugo Chávez promised to provide the conditions for an interesting experiment. Opponents of socialism… Read More The brutal price of Venezuelan populism must act as a lesson to all

Current crop of Seanad members has ability to achieve meaningful reform

The result of the 2013 referendum on the abolition of the Seanad was a clear indication that the upper house of the Oireachtas could not continue much longer in its current manner. Having survived by such a small margin, it was evident that the Seanad was under significant threat and, in truth, has remained that… Read More Current crop of Seanad members has ability to achieve meaningful reform