Analysis: After Govan, the Scottish political tradition of ‘Ireland avoidance’ must end
Threats to ban political expression on Ireland are out of kilter with the new realities of Brexit Britain, David Jamieson finds
CLASHES between police and loyalist groups in Govan (Friday 30 August) were the result of attempts to block a pre-planned and sanctioned march for a united Ireland by Republican groups.
Analysis: ‘Union Cabinet’ shows the British state at its most desperate
The British Cabinet heard an analysis with dire warnings of how the Union was on the verge of fragmenting along national lines – their solutions show just how desperate the establishment has become
ON WEDNESDAY morning, Cabinet Secretary David Lidington gave a presentation to a full meeting of the Cabinet which historians may pour over in years to come as the first evidence of the British establishment realising that the game is up.
Lidington gave an analysis of the future of the UK state which was bleak, to say the least.
International self-determination movements: Send us your views
Scotland the Dominion: Is The Irish Free State a good currency model for iScotland?
Leading SNP figures will propose Sterlingisation for an independent Scotland at the forthcoming SNP conference, noting that Ireland did this in the 1920s. But is this really a model for Scotland nearly 100 years on? CommonSpace speaks to two prominent Irish economic historians to find out.
IT is common in the Scottish independence movement to compare the current state of the country to the relative social prosperity of neighbours.
Podcast: Fighting for housing rights in Ireland
Dublin has the most severe housing crisis in Europe
COMMONSPACE editor Ben Wray spoke to North Dublin Bay Community Crisis housing activist Aisling Heddermann about the housing crisis in Dublin and Ireland and how the housing movement there is trying to fight for housing rights. Dublin has the least affordable housing of any city in Europe, with rents over 50 per cent of income. Ben and Aisling discussed:
0.50: The nature of the housing and homelessness crisis in Dublin and Ireland, and why it is so severe.
Analysis: Micro-politics isn't enough - we must address the partition of Ireland
Debates around the UK border in Ireland and the so called 'backstop' bring the crisis elements of the British state into sharper focus
AMONG the many hurdles facing the Brexit process and the British Government, perhaps the most intractable so far has proven to be the plans for a backstop plan covering a ‘open border’ on the island of Ireland - movement of people and goods across the UK state's border in Ireland.
Interview: Scotland’s referendum experience has provided a template for the Irish Left, says MLA Gerry Carroll
The People Before Profit MLA for West Belfast talks Brexit, democratic rights and the breakup of Britain with CommonSpace
GERRY CARROLL has been a distinctive left-wing voice within the political landscape of Northern Ireland for almost a decade.
Policy review: Smart Border 2.0 - New European Parliament paper
Customs expert Bill Austin reviews a new paper commissioned by the European Parliament on how to achieve a Smart Border on the island of Ireland, and finds the analysis is equally prescient for an independent Scotland’s border considerations
Irish Parliament Upper House becomes first in EU to pass motion banning Israeli settlement goods
Bill proposes to prohibit “the import and sales of goods, services and natural resources originating in illegal settlements in occupied territories.”
THE Irish Parliament Upper House has passed a bill to ban Israeli settlement goods on Wednesday [11 June], the first parliament chamber in the EU to do so.
The Bill, proposed by independent Senator Francis Black, was put forward in January but was delayed by the Irish parliament indefinitely after Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu applied pressure on to the Irish Government to stop the Bill