Category Archives: National identity

Have Ireland’s 30-somethings been spoiled by expectations?

The entire country is aghast at the housing crisis, with over 8,000 homeless including 3,000 children. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has not helped matters by playing down the scale of the problem by describing it as low by international standards. The … Continue reading

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Why Brexit will be good for Ireland’s economy

A glance at official figures on Ireland’s international trade Continue reading

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Return to the Troubles would be biggest blow dealt by Brexit

Over the centuries that Britain celebrated imperialism, Ireland experienced it. This has culminated in a vastly different outlook between the two islands. Continue reading

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Why the Irish media is wrong about Brexit

The founding principle of the European Economic Community was “to preserve peace and liberty and to lay the foundations of an ever closer union among the peoples of Europe”. In the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising, it is curious … Continue reading

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Reducing everything to the economy misses the point

Catalonia is ramping up efforts for an independence referendum following Scotland’s vote on 18 September. As Spain’s main economic engine, there is grave concern that the region – home to Barcelona – could conceivably leave the country. Unlike in the … Continue reading

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Language: A Polish lesson for Ireland

Travelling outside the English-speaking world is a stark reminder that most of the planet is neither Anglicised nor Americanised. Hysteria over globalisation has prompted many to fear the prevalence of chain stores as a sign that a country is losing … Continue reading

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Níl aon teanga mar do teanga féin

Learning Gaeilge is compulsory during primary and secondary education in Ireland. Most of us graduate with little more than a few phrases drilled into our tongues. Does that mean Gaeilge should be dropped from the curriculum altogether? Is it a … Continue reading

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