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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.

Robert Fine and Philip Spencer

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in Go home?
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conspiracy. Sex workers and their allies are dismissed as the ‘pimp lobby’. Trans people and their allies become the ‘trans cabal’, or in an incredibly offensive formulation, the ‘trans Taliban’. There have been comparisons between sex 149 PHIPPS 9781526147172 PRINT.indd 149 14/01/2020 13:18 Me, not you workers and arms dealers, and trans people and ‘big pharma’, which betray a fascistic tendency to invest the enemy with immense power. And any challenge to reactionary feminist views is repackaged, via these conspiracy theories, as evidence that they are indeed right

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party TD Pat Rabbitte spoke in the Dáil of the State being rocked to its foundations by what would emerge. An unstable government fell, and an investigation found no grounds for conspiracy theories, just incompetence –​that profligate father of rumour and conspiracy. A senior official at the attorney general’s office was retired. The story of Fr Brendan Smyth and the cover-​up by Church authorities of his crimes dented still further a wider Church leadership barely in recovery from the May 1992 revelations in the Irish Times that one of their number, Bishop of   33

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