Monday, 7 October 2013

Sinead O'Connor Vs Miley Cyrus: A Tale of Two Prejudices

Despite the large volume of media commentary on the public feud between Sinead O'Connor and Miley Cyrus, one element of the exchange between the two seems to have been overlooked.

Friday, 4 October 2013

Anti-Censorship Series, Vol.9: Reporting to London

This final article of the series originally published on the Pensive Quill blog concerns the quaint fulminations of a certain "agent of influence" in Belfast.

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Anti-Censorship Series, Vol.7: True to Their Words

The seventh article in this series originally published on the Pensive Quill examines the Irish News coverage of the complaint made to the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) by its journalist Allison Morris against Anthony McIntyre.

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Anti-Censorship Series, Vol.6: Are You Being Gagged?

This is the sixth article in the series which was originally published on The Pensive Quill (TPQ). These articles document the unscrupulous behaviour of The Irish News journalist Allison Morris as well as the attempts by Morris and her editor Noel Doran to censor those who wished to expose it. I should add that Anthony McIntyre, who runs TPQ, has offered Noel Doran a full right of reply on his website. 

Saturday, 14 September 2013

Anti-Censorship Series, Vol.5: I Have A Right To Be Angry

The anti-censorship series continues with an impassioned yet heartfelt piece by Carrie Twomey in which she describes how the dishonourable conduct of The Irish News journalist Allison Morris has impacted on Carrie and her family.

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Anti-Censorship Series, Vol. 4: The Weird World of an Irish News Journalist

 In opposition to censorship and in solidarity with Anthony and Carrie McIntyre, I am republishing all of the material from The Pensive Quill that The Irish News are trying to drop down a memory hole. This devastating exposé by Paul Campbell is the fourth in the series.

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Anti-Censorship Series, Vol. 3: What Price Justice?

This is the third installment in a series of articles from The Pensive Quill that The Irish News is trying to censor. An article from the series will appear here each day until they are republished in full.

Monday, 9 September 2013

Anti-Censorship Series, Vol. 2: NUJ Vindicates Boston College Researcher

This is the second of the series of articles that The Irish News and its lawyers are trying to have removed from The Pensive Quill. The series will be republished here in its entirety this week.

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Anti-Censorship Series, Vol. 1: WIKI-DUMP

This is the first of the series of articles from The Pensive Quill that The Irish News and its lawyers would rather you do not read. I will republish each of the articles here over the course of the coming week.

Saturday, 7 September 2013


Having failed to bully Anthony and Carrie McIntyre into silence, it seems that The Irish News is now engaged in an attempt to shut down their website, The Pensive Quill (TPQ). Anthony and Carrie published the following statement on TPQ today. As per their request, I also plan to republish the articles mentioned below in the coming days.

Thursday, 27 June 2013

A New Set of Moral Shackles

So the Oireachtas Committee on Justice is recommending the implementation of the so-called "Swedish model" for the regulation of prostitution/sex work in Ireland. Basically, this means that while selling sexual services will remain legal, the purchase of them will be criminalised.

Astonishingly, the Oireachtas Committee has completely ignored the direct testimonies of current sex workers in Ireland. Furthermore, researchers who actually listen to sex workers in Sweden argue that the Swedish model has made life more dangerous for sex workers in that country.

Thursday, 28 March 2013

They Think It's All Over! Well, They're Fucking Wrong!

OK. I suppose most people who bothered to read this blog in 2012 must now presume that I am dead. Unfortunately, I am not; I am just in Sligo.

Nevertheless, I have been very depressed lately. It is the nature of the beast, and one must press on despite the bullshit. Indeed, I felt full of energy and ideas before Christmas, but now I feel empty.

To that feeling, I say "Suck my balls!"

Just like the Dude, I will abide. I will pick myself up, and I will kick on.

Here's to the future!