Ireland

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

Russian war in Ukraine challenges Ireland’s security

What we have seen throughout the last few days is a blatant war of aggression on European soil, the most significant since the Second World War. The Russian war on Ukraine has been coming for over a decade, it has been an objective of Putin’s top military and political leadership for longer. In July of… Read More Russian war in Ukraine challenges Ireland’s security

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

What is the legacy of Bloody Sunday for those of us who do not remember it?

There is a conception I have often come across in my life that the provisional IRA were an equal evil to the British security forces and Unionist paramilitaries. Although I generally agree, that narrative often omits a fact evident from partition; nationalists in Northern Ireland were treated as second-class citizens for decades in a way… Read More What is the legacy of Bloody Sunday for those of us who do not remember it?

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

We cannot allow the 8% to paralyse our nation

Throughout this pandemic the Irish people have done their bit. That does not mean people were perfect in following every single restriction. It does not mean that they did not get tired of what has seemed an endless struggle against an endlessly frustrating virus. What it does mean is that the vast majority of people… Read More We cannot allow the 8% to paralyse our nation

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

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