ireland

The Island of Ireland refers to the Republic of Ireland: twenty-six counties with a population of over five million organised as the Parliamentary Democratic Republic through a PR-STV electoral system with membership in the European Union since 1973, and Northern Ireland: six counties with a population of 1.9 million organised a consociational power-sharing democracy in the Northern Ireland assembly with PR-STV electoral system.

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The Island of Ireland refers to the Republic of Ireland: twenty-six counties with a population of over five million organised as the Parliamentary Democratic Republic through a PR-STV electoral system with membership in the European Union since 1973, and Northern Ireland: six counties with a population of 1.9 million organised a consociational power-sharing democracy in the Northern Ireland assembly with PR-STV electoral system.

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Ireland | 06/08/2022

A marginal phenomenon for now

Original text by Damian Lawlor, Offaly and Dieter Reinisch, published in German by junge Welt on 24 April 2022. Translation by Joshua Rahtz Historical reasons, apart from a brief episode in the 1930s, a fascist movement has never been able to establish itself in Ireland. Currently the National Party is seeking influence—but with limited success. …

Ireland | 01/22/2022

Yellow Triangle – Christy Moore

We are honoured to have a range of prominent supporters and patrons. You can read more about the patrons here. One of the patrons is Irish musician and songwriter Christy Moore. Christy Moore is one of Ireland’s most cherished and successful artists. His career as a performer across seven decades has seen him develop generations …

Reports

March 2022

Russia invades Ukraine – a look at international connections between Ireland and the far right in Ukraine and Russia as solidarity effort builds for Ukraine in Ireland • ‘Zelensky singles out Ireland for lagging in support for Ukraine’ read the original Irish Times headline this month in relation to what since then has been referred to …

February 2022

Russia invades Ukraine – a look at historical and contemporary international connections between Ireland and the far right in Ukraine and Russia as solidarity effort builds for Ukraine in Ireland • Journalists, local antifascists and Hope Not Hate have reported recruitment activity of international Nazis seeking foreign fighters for the neo-Nazi Azov Battalion in Ireland from 2017 onwards. Azov are an international …

January 2022

Infamous Antrim neo-Nazi dies of Covid Mervin Shields, from Bushmills, Co. Antrim, died on New Years day of “Covid complications”. The guitarist and bassist, who is reported to have not been vaccinated because he considered the pandemic to be a “Jewish plot”, died at the age of 59. Shields was a significant figure in the international ‘Blood and Honour’ …

December 2021

Hermann Kelly, president of far-right organisation, The Irish Freedom Party (IFP), has a new role as press officer for Romanian MEP Cristian Terhes. Kelly has previously acted as press officer for Nigel Farage and is known for opposing immigration and promoting racist ideas of racial superiority. As part of this media role, Kelly coordinates English language communications for Terhes, who opposes mandatory certificates of vaccination in the European Parliament. Irish MEP’s Clare Daly and Mick Wallace joined four other MEP including Terhes in opposing the certificates.

November 2021

The fourth Political Network for Values (PNfV) meeting took place in Budapest, Hungary on 18th and 19th November attracting an international gathering of religious right and far right figures. Participants included Irish senator Ronan Mullen, founder and president of Spanish far-right party VOX Santiago Abascal, founder and president of Vente Venezuela party Maria Corina Machado (charged in 2014 for alleged plot to murder opposition leader), Amy Sinclair, US senator who supports Iowa gun owners carrying arms without a permit, and PNfV president Katalin Novák.

October 2021

Key developments   Press Ombudsman rejects Kelly’s challenge to reference of Irish Freedom Party as far-right On 13th October, the Irish Press Ombudsman issued their decision in response to a complaint made by Hermann Kelly, president of the far-right organisation, The Irish Freedom Party. Kelly’s complaint, that online newspaper, The Journal, had breached Principle 1 …

Resources

Ireland | 05/31/2022

Trademark Belfast

A social justice cooperative established in 2001 dedicated to tackling sectarianism and inequality. Multiple of their publications and podcasts discuss the topics of far right and facism in the local context.

Ireland | 05/31/2022

Spotlight on the Right

A collective of journalists and historians who joined together publishing factual articles on Irish reactionary politics.

Ireland | 05/31/2022

The Beacon

The Beacon reports on and investigates the far right in Ireland and further afield

Ireland | 05/30/2022

Fighting Talk

Magazine by AFA. Includes info on Loyalism and Facism in Northern Ireland

Ireland | 05/30/2022

Institute for Strategic Dialogue

Publishes reports on Ireland and Northern Ireland such as “Anti-Lockdown Activity – Ireland Country Profile”, “Layers of Lies” oder “The Far Right in Northern Ireland”