The Irish Passport Podcast

Regular readers of this site will be aware I’m Irish. As an anti Brexit Remaniac its a good time to be Irish. I treasure my Irish passport as it will give me guaranteed EU citizenship and I was able to get dual citizenship for my English born teenage son without any difficulty (it took 3… Read more

Ireland First?

  Getting the Brexiteers to take the Irish border seriously has been an uphill struggle. For a Dubliner it was obvious that this would be one of the most, if not the most difficult issue, post Brexit. In a heated Halley-Tontine Society in Dublin (October 2016) it was agreed that the most likely solution despite… Read more

BoM March 2018

Our March book of the month is Doughnut Economics by Kate Raworth. Economics is broken. It has failed to predict, let alone prevent, financial crises that have shaken the foundations of our societies. Its outdated theories have permitted a world in which extreme poverty persists while the wealth of the super-rich grows year on year…. Read more

May’s Speech: Destination Canada?

During the Brexit referendum campaign my thinking was probably most informed by Jean-Claude Piris’s excellent paper “Brexit or Britin: is it really colder outside?” and I came to the conclusion that the Norway model was the most likely destination, not least because it was seemed to be the favoured endpoint of some leading Brexiteers such… Read more

Disgust with the Guardian

I had a pretty idyllic childhood and one major influence was my father, Kevin Danaher, (Guardian obituary here) who was a major figure on the Irish cultural scene with interests in folklore, vernacular architecture and military history. I grew up valuing the indigenous cultures and languages, not just of my native Ireland, but also these… Read more

Bordering on Madness?

There are about twice (some estimates say over 3 times) as many border crossings between Northern Ireland and the Republic than the entire eastern border of the EU from Finland, through the Baltic States, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria and Romania.  This startling statistic does not seem credible but click on this link for more detail…. Read more

BoM February 2018

Our February book of the Month is Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff, currently the best selling book globally and with the film rights already sold. Since its release Wolff’s book has provoked fierce debate and denial, leading Trump to claim that he hardly knew who Wolff was (they have… Read more