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Yesterday’s News


Wednesday 26 September, 2018

The manner in which Gemma O'Doherty's candidacy was railroaded reinforces her main arguments

Political power in Ireland is held entirely in the hands of a small elite, who govern largely in their own interest. The rest of us are on the outside looking in, writes CaoimhĂ­n De Barra.

Sunday 26 August, 2018

Opinion: Our Celtic identity might not be what we think it is

Author CaomhĂ­n De Barra asks about Ireland’s Celtic past, and whether it really is what we think it is.

Tuesday 24 July, 2018

Sinn FĂ©in and abstentionism: 'The party will eventually need people to take oaths for Ireland'

Abstentionism has been a central policy of Sinn FĂ©in since the party’s foundation in 1905, but condemnation of the practice has sharpened since the Brexit referendum, writes CaoimhĂ­n De Barra.

Monday 11 June, 2018

'The seriousness with which Americans take their flag and national anthem is unusual'

Trump continues to exploit this sensitivity to try and boost his popularity, writes CaoimhĂ­n De Barra.

Saturday 17 March, 2018

Do you guys have pizza in Ireland?: 'Most Americans I met knew almost nothing about Ireland'

Their Ireland is the Ireland their ancestors left, often untouched by the changes that have taken place since then, writes CaoimhĂ­n De Barra.

Monday 26 February, 2018

'Militant, hard-liners or Nazis' - How those challenging the status quo are labelled

Language is used in a manipulative way to make one side of the debate seem practical and free of ideological bias and the other side as completely unreasonable.

Saturday 17 February, 2018

'There's a deep-rooted hatred toward the indigenous culture of Ireland, above all its language'

When Northern Ireland was formed, unionist were determined to kill off the Gaeltacht communities, writes CaoimhĂ­n De Barra.

Thursday 11 January, 2018

Column: 'There should be a presidential election and Michael D shouldn't run'

We live in an extraordinary moment for democratic government, where confidence in the honesty of political leaders is seemingly at an all time low, writes CaoimhĂ­n De Barra.

Monday 1 January, 2018

'1918 was a year of monumental importance that had plenty in common with 2018 Ireland'

Here is a look back at that year, with some reflections on the similarities and differences with the Ireland of today, writes CaoimhĂ­n De Barra.

Thursday 7 December, 2017

Brexit: 'The DUP’s hardline policies could be the quickest road to a united Ireland'

“Constitutional integrity” is a myth. The UK has been built on constitutional divergence, writes Caoimhín De Barra.

Monday 23 October, 2017

Opinion: 'Our indifference to our flag and anthem is actually healthy'

Placing legislative restrictions on how our anthem is used would be an unnecessary limitation on our freedom of expression, writes CaoimhĂ­n De Barra.

Friday 22 September, 2017

Catalan independence: 'Ireland came into being as a result of a similar "illegal" action'

To deny Catalans the right to a referendum will likely only win converts to the cause of independence, writes CaoimhĂ­n De Barra.

Monday 5 June, 2017

'The Leaving Cert is a valuable life lesson. If you want something, you need to work hard to get it'

I have never forgotten the idea that I needed to put in long hours if I wanted to achieve something, writes CaoimhĂ­n De Barra.

Friday 14 April, 2017

Northern Ireland: 'Most people would probably welcome a redrawn border'

All options, radical or otherwise for Northern Ireland, need to be weighed up, writes CaoimhĂ­n De Barra.

Saturday 18 March, 2017

Border poll: 'Nationalists will say the recent Assembly elections show things are trending in their direction'

Nationalists may be fobbed off in the short term, but this will lead to demands for clarification from the British government about what conditions will permit a border poll, writes CaoimhĂ­n De Barra.

Thursday 9 March, 2017

Opinion: 'To say Britishness is authentic, while denying Irishness is quaffing one’s own Kool-Aid too deeply'

Melanie Phillips tried to use history to delegitimise the nationalist aspirations of Sinn FĂ©in and the Scottish Nationalist Party, writes Caoimhin De Barra.

Saturday 4 February, 2017

The case for ending state support of Irish language is littered with dubious 'facts'

For starters, we don’t spend €1.2 billion in preserving An Ghaeilge each year, says CaoimhĂ­n De Barra.