Remembering Ireland’s 1916 Easter Rebellion

March 27, 2016

Ireland was a laboratory for every manner of colonial repression by the British. A hundred years after the Easter Rebellion, it is once again—this time by banks. Standing on the front steps of Dublin’s general post office a century ago, the poet Padraig Pearse announced the Poblacht na...

Is Urbanization Good For Us?

January 06, 2015

Former Irish Prime Minister John Bruton argues that Ireland has done exceptionally well to develop critical masses of skilled people. In global terms, the pull of ever bigger cities seems inexorable. In 1970, a third of the world’s population lived in cities, while more than half do so today....

Ireland: Remembering September 18, 1914

August 14, 2014

The centenary of Ireland’s achievement of Home Rule deserves to be remembered. I greatly enjoyed reading Fatal Path: British Government and Irish Revolution 1910-1922 by Ronan Fanning, a former professor of history at University College, Dublin.He demonstrates the huge difficulties that had to...