“Get the fuck out or something will happen.”

brownshirts The Sinn Féin office moving squad   Now politics can come with its share of rough and tumble and is no place for the feint-hearted. So when a senior member of Sinn Féin burst in to Peadar Toibín’s Leinster Office to evict him, perhaps he ought to have taken it in the correct spirit […]

Censoring Christmas Songs

  It would seem that the latest target of the Care Bears are Christmas songs. Among this year’s victims is Shane MacGowan’s Fairytale of New York. Now, there are any number of reasons why those who have our moral well being at the forefront of their mind might want to censor poor old Shane. The […]

Will Sinn Féin take their seats in Westminster?

Members of First Dáil 1919 With British Prime Minister Teresa May facing into a crucial period that will decide her own future and the future relationship of Britain with the EU, some attention has focused on whether Sinn Féin might take up their seven seats in Westminster in order to lend support to the deal […]

Blazing Row at Sinn Féin TDs meeting

  Progressive secularists prevent Catholic indoctrination The fallout from the resignation of Peadar Tóibin, and the indications that he has substantial support among republicans for a new party, obscured another rare event within a party that prides itself on its adherence to Omertá. On Wednesday November 7, just before she jetted off to New York […]

Peadar Tóibín and the unravelling of New Sinn Féin

  Following a week in which Sinn Féin TDs approved parts of the proposed abortion legislation that goes well beyond anything which was agreed to at its Ard Fheis, Meath West TD Peadar Tóibín finally had enough and announced his resignation. He was already under suspension and his letter to Party Chair Declan Kearney requesting […]

Éire Nua proposals for a federal Republic

  Éire Nua as first published by Sinn Féin in 1971 claimed to base itself on the Constitution adopted at the 1967 Ard Fheis which included a commitment to establish a Democratic Socialist Republic. That had not been uncontested and was amended to include a reference to the Republic founded “on Christian principles by a […]

Éire Nua and the deradicalisation of Sinn Féin

At a time when republicanism seems to become detached from its historical and ideological moorings, it is perhaps timely to hark back to what used to constitute radical republicanism. Particularly when people like Jarlath Kearney, brother of leading Sinn Féin ideologue and Chairpersonl Secretary Declan, is claiming that Ireland being unified “need not mean any […]

Savaged by a Dead Tofu – The Trial of Peter Casey

It would appear that the Care Bears are satisfied with their alleged taking down of Peter Casey. Despite the evidence in fact as Casey performed quite well. Perhaps Richard Boyd Barrett and the ironically self-designated “anti fascists” were prescient in their calling for Casey to be denied a “platform.” Trotsky and Lenin did not sit […]

Boys Own Ripping Yarns and Derring Do

  “We took risks, we knew we took them. Things have come out against us, and therefore we have no cause for complaint, but bow to the will of Providence, determined still to do our best to the last.” Although the above quote is strikingly similar to the sentiments expressed by some of the participants […]

“So, you’re a racist now Father?”

    To listen to some of the liberal bien pensants who dominate the leaderships of every party represented in Leinster House, and the vast majority of media punditry, you might be forgiven for believing that the Condor Legion had just dropped a payload on a workshop on transgender abortion rights. I am of course referring […]