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Irish republican media activism since the Good Friday Agreement
Author: Paddy Hoey

Newspapers, magazines and pamphlets have always been central, almost sacred, forms of communication within Irish republican political culture. While social media is becoming the primary ideological battleground in many democracies, Irish republicanism steadfastly expresses itself in the traditional forms of activist journalism.

Shinners, Dissos and Dissenters is a long-term analysis of the development of Irish republican activist media since 1998 and the tumultuous years following the end of the Troubles. It is the first in-depth analysis of the newspapers, magazines and online spaces in which the differing strands of Irish republicanism developed and were articulated during a period where schism and dissent defined a return to violence.

Based on an analysis of Irish republican media outlets as well as interviews with the key activists that produced them, this book provides a compelling long-term snapshot of a political ideology in transition. It reveals how Irish Republicanism was moulded by the twin forces of the Northern Ireland Peace Process and the violent internal ideological schism that threatened a return to the ‘bad old days’ of the Troubles.

This book is vital for those studying Irish politics and those interestedin activism as it provides new insights into the role that modern activist media forms have played in the ideological development of a 200-year-old political tradition.

Elaine A. Byrne

granted on an ad-hoc basis in a not fully transparent way’.42 This includes the 2000–07 Special Incentive Tax Rate for developers which sought to free up land for development by taxing proceeds from the sale of land at 20 per cent instead of the higher rate of up to 42 per cent. The cost to the exchequer because of this tax incentive is estimated in the region of €800 million.43 In 2010, the excess supply of houses was estimated at 345,116, or 17 per cent of all housing and more than 620 half-empty or unfinished ‘ghost estates’.44 Moreover, the Finance Act 1994 and

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Conor Newman

intellectual ghost-estate. The campaign to reroute the motorway, which lasted for nigh on a decade, took place against this background. If column inches are indicative of the scale and significance of an issue or event, apart from the development boom itself, the M3 controversy was one of the biggest news items of the period between 1999 and 2009. Even though there were arguments that challenged the rationale for yet another motorway through Meath, the campaign was not about halting the M3 but about redirecting it away from the historic landscape of Tara

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100 years of Ireland in National Geographic magazine
Patrick J. Duffy

discourse. The sprawl of commuter housing estates arising from the rezoning mania in local authorities, the rash of hotels and shopping malls, the recycling of landlord estates and mansions as spa and golf resorts were prefigured in Conniff ’s account of the revival of Millstreet town in north Cork in the 1990s by one of its native sons (September 1994: 14–16). Since the crash, these changes have ground to a halt and there is a preoccupation with what was lost during the boom years. Ghost estates sit as stark reminders of the destructive legacy of the property bubble

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, a large, gilt-framed mirror over the cold hearth, reflecting the empty room and the grinning visage of the occupant – if there is an occupant; for, if the house is not entirely standing empty on a ghost estate, as often as not the place of the occupant is filled by a placeholder, a sales agent in the so-called ‘showhouse’. Potential homeowners wander through, pilgrims in the grotto of commodity fetishism; the shrunken family of one-dimensional man, shades of our former selves, or more tragically, simulacra of the fully human selves that we might have become. In

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Monsters of post-Celtic Tiger Ireland
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surplus only by organizing its legions of zombie-­labour. The zombie is the proletarian subject of the dawn of the dead as the age of global total capitalism. As Deleuze and Guattari put it, ‘the only modern myth is the myth of zombies – mortified schizos, good for work’ (Deleuze and Guittari 1983, p. 335). It is now a common view that post-­Celtic Tiger Ireland is a haunted landscape of ghost estates and zombie banks cannibalizing the State (Kirby 2010), but to see the full horror as Ireland’s night of the living dead unfolds it is important to understand the cultural

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with younger Irish writers: ‘It is disappointing when you read a young novelist who seems to make no effort at all to engage with modernity’, although he concedes that writers should write as they wish (cited in Flood 2010). Revealing an awareness of modernity in one’s fiction is not quite the same as writing Celtic Tiger fiction that focuses on the housing boom and/or ghosts estates, irregular banking practices or political corruption. Gough, after all, admires both Mike McCormack and Kevin Barry, two of the more technically innovative younger Irish writers, neither

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Central Bank and the IMF imposed severe austerity measures on a nation which had been forced to bail out banks which had gambled on a housing boom that was, to mix construction metaphors, built on shifting sand, house prices rocketed as poverty and homelessness were on a steep upward curve. As the property boom collapsed, leaving negative equity for many home owners – and, more significantly, thousands of empty homes, ghost estates, newly developed office and retail space lying vacant, and the spectre of Nama bailing out the banks and their toxic loans – Sinn Féin was

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Dimitris Dalakoglou

known locally as ghost estates); the pre-Olympics public works of London, Athens, and Barcelona; or the infrastructure developments in Albania and Romania along the natural gas pipelines of the Black Sea, to mention but a few. During the 1990s and 2000s, European construction became a huge simultaneous project which sometimes had tangible physical and material connections (e.g. transEuropean highways or inter-European natural gas pipelines). Such connections, however, were not always so explicit, as this ethnographic study indicates. In terms of political economy, the

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capitalism. As Deleuze and Guattari put it, ‘the only modern myth is the myth of zombies – mortified schizos, good for work’ (Deleuze and Guattari, 1983: 335). McNally (2012) shows how the metaphors of vampires and zombies are especially useful for grasping and expressing the monster of the markets in contemporary global capitalism. Post-Celtic Tiger Ireland is a haunted landscape of ghost estates and zombie banks cannibalizing the state (Kirby, 2010) but to see the full horror as Ireland’s night of the living dead unfolds it is important to understand the 10

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