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Friday 8 January, 2021

Opinion: Trump has been a disaster for democracy - he has laid the ground for fascism
# Democracy
# Democracy

Opinion: Trump has been a disaster for democracy - he has laid the ground for fascism

Jan 8th 2021, 7:00 AM 29,721 Views 64 Comments

CaoimhĂ­n De Barra looks at Trump’s legacy and the impact his presidency has had on democracy.

Tuesday 1 September, 2020

Trump's presidency has weakened the electoral college - time for it to go
# Opinion
# Opinion

Trump's presidency has weakened the electoral college - time for it to go

Sep 1st 2020, 7:00 AM 25,169 Views 64 Comments

CaoimhĂ­n de Barra looks at the dual US voting system and says the electoral college has the potential to cause major upheaval now and in future.

Friday 6 March, 2020

Opinion: Many would like compulsory Gaeilge taken off the Leaving Cert, but it's a slippery slope
# Seachtain Na Gaeilge 2020
# Seachtain Na Gaeilge 2020

Opinion: Many would like compulsory Gaeilge taken off the Leaving Cert, but it's a slippery slope

Mar 6th 2020, 7:00 PM 26,345 Views 281 Comments

CaoimhĂ­n De Barra says if we take compulsory Irish off the curriculum, we’re undermining our language and our identity.

Tuesday 14 January, 2020

Opinion: 'Taoiseach, discussing a united Ireland is still possible - despite the RIC debacle'
# United Ireland
# United Ireland

Opinion: 'Taoiseach, discussing a united Ireland is still possible - despite the RIC debacle'

Jan 14th 2020, 7:00 AM 14,345 Views 81 Comments

CaoimhĂ­n de Barra looks at the possible compromises we would face if a united Ireland became a reality

Thursday 7 November, 2019

Opinion: 'The poppy argument in Ireland is an ideological battle that's been raging since the 19th century'
# Opinion
# Opinion

Opinion: 'The poppy argument in Ireland is an ideological battle that's been raging since the 19th century'

Nov 7th 2019, 7:30 AM 36,077 Views 132 Comments

CaoimhĂ­n de Barra looks at nationalism and unionism, and the conflicting emotions people have around the use of the poppy.

Thursday 3 October, 2019

Opinion: 'History's special status at Junior Cert level should be celebrated, but the curriculum has major blind spots'
# Opinion
# Opinion

Opinion: 'History's special status at Junior Cert level should be celebrated, but the curriculum has major blind spots'

Oct 3rd 2019, 7:00 AM 10,556 Views 14 Comments

Aspects of Irish history are conspicuous by their absence from the syllabus, writes CaoimhĂ­n de Barra.

Saturday 27 July, 2019

Opinion: Why it's important to call out people referring to Shane Lowry as British
# Not British
# Not British

Opinion: Why it's important to call out people referring to Shane Lowry as British

Jul 27th 2019, 8:30 PM 73,064 Views 97 Comments

CaoimhĂ­n De Barra argues that it’s something to get exercised about.

Friday 31 May, 2019

Opinion: The Leaving Cert might not be perfect but it is fairer than many other systems
# Opinion
# Opinion

Opinion: The Leaving Cert might not be perfect but it is fairer than many other systems

May 31st 2019, 7:00 AM 22,865 Views 53 Comments

The university bribery scandal in the US shows how far some parents will go to secure their child’s college place, writes CaoimhĂ­n De Barra.

Wednesday 15 May, 2019

Opinion: Independent Ireland was established through violent revolution - there were few peacemakers
# OPINON
# OPINON

Opinion: Independent Ireland was established through violent revolution - there were few peacemakers

May 15th 2019, 7:00 AM 16,892 Views 82 Comments

It is important that we don’t judge the events of the Irish revolution against fictional, sanitised versions of the Irish past, writes Caoimhín De Barra.

Friday 15 March, 2019

Opinion: What does it take to raise your children through Irish?
# Opinion
# Opinion

Opinion: What does it take to raise your children through Irish?

Mar 15th 2019, 7:00 AM 21,413 Views 51 Comments

My daughter speaks mostly in English but there are also lots of words that she only knows the Irish for – so she mixes them in, writes CaoimhĂ­n De Barra.

Friday 1 March, 2019

Opinion: 'You often hear that the Irish language is badly taught in our schools but that is not true'
# Opinion
# Opinion

Opinion: 'You often hear that the Irish language is badly taught in our schools but that is not true'

Mar 1st 2019, 7:00 AM 40,971 Views 126 Comments

Compared with other subjects Irish is not badly taught. More students got a B1 or higher in Irish than in French and German combined, writes CaoimhĂ­n De Barra.

Tuesday 8 January, 2019

Opinion: How could a second Brexit referendum be undemocratic?
# Opinion
# Opinion

Opinion: How could a second Brexit referendum be undemocratic?

Jan 8th 2019, 7:00 AM 23,021 Views 86 Comments

Changing your course of action based on your circumstances is considered common sense for individuals, companies, and governments, so why should Brexit be any different?

Monday 10 December, 2018

Opinion: There are some striking similarities between Irish independence and Brexit
# Opinion
# Opinion

Opinion: There are some striking similarities between Irish independence and Brexit

Dec 10th 2018, 7:00 AM 27,554 Views 54 Comments

Irish negotiators had to agree that Ireland would remain within the British empire while May’s deal could keep the UK trapped in the EU indefinitely, writes Caoimhín De Barra.

Sunday 28 October, 2018

Opinion: 'Of course, no one ever admits to being prejudiced against Travellers'
# Aras 18
# Aras 18

Opinion: 'Of course, no one ever admits to being prejudiced against Travellers'

Oct 28th 2018, 8:00 AM 31,603 Views 0 Comments

Bigotry never openly acknowledges its existence, writes CaoimhĂ­n De Barra.

Wednesday 26 September, 2018

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

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

Sep 26th 2018, 7:00 AM 49,321 Views 98 Comments

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
# Opinion
# Opinion

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

Aug 26th 2018, 8:45 AM 59,344 Views 65 Comments

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'
# Opinion
# Opinion

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

Jul 24th 2018, 7:00 AM 46,779 Views 143 Comments

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'
# Column
# Column

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

Jun 11th 2018, 7:00 AM 45,083 Views 61 Comments

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'
# Column
# Column

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

Mar 17th 2018, 9:30 AM 105,334 Views 146 Comments

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
# Opinion
# Opinion

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

Feb 26th 2018, 6:30 AM 20,779 Views 73 Comments

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'
# Opinion
# Opinion

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

Feb 17th 2018, 9:00 AM 73,620 Views 155 Comments

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'
# Áras An Uachtaråin
# Áras An Uachtaråin

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

Jan 11th 2018, 7:00 AM 32,485 Views 107 Comments

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'
# Read Me
# Read Me

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

Jan 1st 2018, 7:00 AM 21,595 Views 10 Comments

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'
# Opinion
# Opinion

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

Dec 7th 2017, 7:00 AM 67,083 Views 100 Comments

“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'
# Read Me
# Read Me

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

Oct 23rd 2017, 6:30 AM 12,285 Views 82 Comments

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'
# Opinion
# Opinion

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

Sep 22nd 2017, 6:30 AM 16,739 Views 78 Comments

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'
# Opinion
# Opinion

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

Jun 5th 2017, 9:30 AM 3,985 Views 65 Comments

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'
# Opinion
# Opinion

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

Apr 14th 2017, 9:30 AM 13,430 Views 159 Comments

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'
# Opinion
# Opinion

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

Mar 18th 2017, 9:30 AM 645 Views 79 Comments

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'
# National Identities
# National Identities

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

Mar 9th 2017, 7:00 AM 555 Views 115 Comments

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'
# Opinion
# Opinion

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

Feb 4th 2017, 7:00 PM 1,231 Views 97 Comments

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