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I agree with the Irish left mainly on civil liberties (for example, the blasphemy law). I disagree with them primarily on the economy, crime, and foreign policy.

Some of the following have noble records in fighting for sexual and religious freedom in Ireland, the rights of gays and atheists, separation of church and state, opposition to censorship, and so on.

But that does not mean that their foreign policy or economic ideas make any sense.

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For reasons I discuss elsewhere, the Irish left is far more likely than the Irish right to make embarrassing statements supporting foreign non-democrats (such as Cuba, Nicaragua, Palestine, Libya, Vietnam and the Soviet Union). Such statements need to be remembered.

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Michael D. Higgins

David Norris

Proinsias De Rossa

The Proinsias De Rossa libel case

Proinsias De Rossa's support for communist Nicaragua.
From a 1990 speech:
He praises the Eastern Bloc for finally (after 40 years) letting its slaves go, and says the Eastern Bloc countries have therefore "proved more responsive to popular pressure" than the western countries which have allowed their people actually pick the government for all of those 40 years!

Finian McGrath

Fintan O'Toole

Lara Marlowe

Michael Jansen

Eddie Holt

This anti-Israel piece by Eddie Holt, Irish Times, Nov 1, 2006, contains an incredible amount of propaganda packed into one small piece:

  1. He opens with a reference to Palestinians as "animals", implying this is how Israelis referred to them. Only later do we find out it was a Palestinian who said this. See how media propaganda works?

  2. He claims the IDF attacked Palestinians for no reason:
    • He talks at length about an alleged incident at a checkpoint between Bethlehem and Jerusalem on Fri 13 Oct 2006 where the IDF allegedly started attacking queueing Palestinians for no reason.
    • He never shows the slightest curiosity as to whether this is true. Of course, if you look it up you discover there were riots that day at the checkpoints. "Hundreds of Palestinians rioted and clashed with Israeli forces at checkpoints around Jerusalem on Friday after authorities blocked them from entering the city ... Soldiers dispersed the crowds with stun grenades, tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannons. At one checkpoint, desperate protesters tried to scale Israel`s massive concrete separation barrier with ladders. ... Israel did not allow Palestinian men under 45 to attend the prayers, citing security concerns. Younger men angry about not being allowed into the city threw stones at troops ... Clashes were reported at four checkpoints around Jerusalem".
    • But Holt thought we did not need to know this. We should just believe the claims of some activist who hates Israel. See how media propaganda works?

  3. The only source for his story is a communist activist:
    • It is hard to see in the article, but Holt himself did not see this incident. He is only repeating the claims of a communist activist who hates Israel, Declan McKenna. McKenna, incredibly, is chair of the Cuba Support Group, a solidarity group that supports the communist regime in Cuba. But Holt does not tell us this.
    • Cuba has not held a free election since 1950. While Israel has had a free election every couple of years since 1948. But Holt uncritically repeats the stories of the Cuba activist and attacks the democracy of Israel. Some sources require scepticism, some don't. See how media propaganda works?

  4. Finally, Holt complains that members of the IPSC, a group that hates Israel and marches with Hamas and Hezbollah flags, were subject to harsh scrutiny by Israeli security. Incredible.

Eamonn McCann


Socialist Worker no.262, 8 Aug 2006.
Eamonn McCann declares open support for the Islamic religious jihad: "The US/Israeli assaults on Lebanon and Gaza have posed the question: "Which side are you on?" On the side of the US and its Israeli surrogate, or the side of the resistance? Socialist Worker makes no bones about it. We are on the same side as Hezbollah and Hamas."

Eamonn McCann photographed with a mob looting the offices of US defence company Raytheon, Derry, Aug 2006, because it supported Israel.
Shame on him.

The anti-Israel fanatic Eamonn McCann, 14 July 2014, calls irish4israel "racist buffoons". And the Irish Times prints this guy.

Vincent Browne

Vincent Browne, Oct 2012, says disgusting things about Israel.
He says that Israel, not Islamism, is the root cause of the global Islamist violence.
He says: "Israel is the cancer in foreign affairs. It polarises the Islamic community of the world against the rest of the world. And unless you deal with the problem of Israel and the problem of Palestinians in that part of the world there is going to be conflict".
This is what the left believes. This is why I am not a leftist.

Tom McGurk

Mary Fitzgerald

Here's a good example of why in 2006 I said Mary Fitzgerald does a line in whitewash rather than exposure.
See the article: "Muslims divided on cleric's teachings", Mary Fitzgerald, Irish Times, October 6, 2006.

Azzam Tamimi in 2006 calls for the elimination of Israel: "anybody in the world, with faith or without faith, must come together in order to eradicate this cancer from the body of humanity."
In the article on Al-Qaradawi above, Mary Fitzgerald quotes Azzam Tamimi as if he is some reasonable commentator.


A 22 year old Irish Muslim is killed fighting in Syria in Dec 2012.
What is the one question most people would ask? That's right: What was he fighting for?
Does Mary Fitzgerald address that question in the article? No.
The article has an almost comically misleading headline: "Drogheda man"! How pee-cee can you get.

Fr. Joe Jones, Catholic chaplain at Dublin City University, praises the Islamic jihadist, 14 Feb 2013.
Em, are you sure you know what he was fighting for?

"Islamisist witewash"

Phoenix mentions me in an article about Mary Fitzgerald, Sept 2010, and (deliberately?) misspells everything.

Phoenix. A masterclass in left-wing media tricks? Or just incompetence?

How Mary Fitzgerald responded to this page.
Pretty unimpressive. Why not try debating me?

"Israel is the cancer in foreign affairs." - Vincent Browne, Oct 2012.

"The Zionist regime and the Zionists are a cancerous tumour." - Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Aug 2012.

"Arab and Islamic nations could counter this Zionist enemy through unity and solidarity ... It is the time for the Islamic Ummah to confront this cancerous tumor and wipe it out from the region." - Palestinian Islamic Jihad, May 2013.

"anybody in the world, with faith or without faith, must come together in order to eradicate this cancer from the body of humanity." - Azzam Tamimi, 2006.

"[The Jews] want to present themselves to the world as if they have rights, but, in fact, they are foreign bacteria - a microbe unparalleled in the world. ... May [the god Allah] annihilate this filthy people ... I condemn .. whoever believes that they are human beings. They are not human beings. They are not people." - Hamas Deputy Minister, Feb 2010.

"For us, it is a problem of whether our nation can ever recover its health, whether the Jewish spirit can ever really be eradicated. Don't be misled into thinking you can fight a disease without killing the carrier, without destroying the bacillus. Don't think you can fight racial tuberculosis without taking care to rid the nation of the carrier of that racial tuberculosis. This Jewish contamination will not subside, this poisoning of the nation will not end, until the carrier himself, the Jew, has been banished from our midst." - Adolf Hitler, Aug 1920.

"Oh here's to Adolph Hitler; Who made the Britons squeal; Sure before the fight is ended; They will dance an Irish reel." - The IRA, Nov 1940.

"During the past number of years we have seen a constant and heavy influx of foreign Jews to N.E. Ulster. ... The Republic will rid the country of such vermin." - The IRA, Nov 1940.

"Israel is without doubt one of the most abhorrent and despicable regimes on the planet." - Aengus Snodaigh (Sinn Fein), June 2006.

"It's such a shame that the history teachers in our school never taught us [about Palestine] but they are the first to start brainwashing us and our children into thinking the bad guy was Hitler. What have the Jews done good in this world??" - Women's officer, Respect Party, UK, Sept 2012.

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