Category Political geography

Reflections on COP23: Report 3

This is the third and final post of a series by John Sweeney, Emeritus Professor at the Irish Climate Analysis and Research Units (ICARUS), Department of Geography, Maynooth University Negotiations are frequently a war of attrition, and previous COPs have long over run their intended closing time on the Friday of the second week. The imperative […]

John Sweeney’s Reflections on COP23: Report 1

John Sweeney is Emeritus Professor at the Irish Climate Analysis and Research Units (ICARUS), Department of Geography, Maynooth University. John contributed to the reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. He has regularly attended at the Climate talks held under the UN Framework Convention […]

A climate terrorist’s take on wind farms

I sometimes go for a charge (i.e. a walk, a ramble) over some hills in the south of Glasgow. The view can be spectacular. The city of Glasgow to the north, the Firth of Clyde to the west. But the grandest feature of all (ha, take that Ben Lomond) is Whitelee wind farm. There are […]

Mutual Aid and Transgressing Place: Panti Bliss’ journey to activism in The Queen of Ireland

Panti Bliss, aka, Rory O Neill, has been busy of late. April 30th saw the activist end a global tour of 250 shows of High Heels in Low Places over three years, at the Abbey Theatre. The previous week, Panti was doing what she does best, rallying the troupes at A Night in the Key […]

Trump and the Potential for a New Progressive Movement in Ireland*

What is the impact of Trump’s election on Irish politics? Could we see an Irish Trump or new right-wing party elected into the Dáil or even lead a new government? This potential nightmare scenario is possible given the economic crisis and distrust in political parties and government in Ireland. However, this means that there is also an […]

Post-Truth Politics

In a well-ordered democracy the public debate of an election campaign would approximate what Jürgen Habermas projected as an ‘ideal speech situation.’ [1] The Wikipedia definition is concise and accurate: In an ideal speech situation, participants would be able to evaluate each other’s assertions solely on the basis of reason and evidence in an atmosphere […]

Ireland and the British Isles

Is Ireland in the British Isles? The Oxford English Dictionary seems clear. It tells us that the British Isles is: A group of islands, including Britain, Ireland (Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland), the Isle of Man, the Hebrides, the Orkney Islands, the Shetland Islands, the Isles of Scilly, and the Channel Islands, lying […]