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Sunday, June 05, 2005 

The Free Stater Manifesto

"To subvert the tyranny of our execrable government, to break the connection with England, the never-failing source of all our political evils and to assert the independence of my country- these were my objectives. To unite the whole people of Ireland, to abolish the memory of all past dissensions, and to substitute the common name of Irishman in place of the denominations of Protestant, Catholic and Dissenter - these were my means."

- Theobald Wolfe Tone

"Ireland, as distinct from her people, is nothing to me; and the man who is bubbling over with love and enthusiasm for "Ireland," and can yet pass unmoved through our streets and witness all the wrong and the suffering, shame and degradation wrought upon the people of Ireland—yea, wrought by Irishmen upon Irish men and women, without burning to end it, is, in my opinion, a fraud and a liar in his heart, no matter how he loves that combination of chemical elements he is pleased to call Ireland."

- James Connolly

“The Republic guarantees religious and civil liberty, equal rights and equal opportunities to all its citizens, and declares its resolve to pursue the happiness and prosperity of the whole nation and of all its parts, cherishing all the children of the nation equally.”

- The 1916 Proclamation

Welcome to the Free Stater, an Irish blog intended to provide some common-sense commentary on matters which catch my eye, particularly as they relate to Ireland.

Who am I? An Irish person in his twenties, with a third-level education and in gainful employment, living and working in Dublin. I am Republican without ever having been a Provisional Sinn Féin supporter; socialist-leaning without being dogmatic; anti-Bush without being anti-American.

Having been familiar with the US blog 'scene' for some years now, I recently turned my attention to the Irish version of same. It appears to me that the Irish blogosphere could do with a little more representative range of voices, and especially more Irish ones.

This is my humble little effort in putting my money where my mouth is, instead of haunting comments sections. Good ideas and insights are welcome here: blind partisanship or ideology isn't. So please, enjoy and contribute!

"Libel"-Richard Waghorne
"Attack blog"-Damien Mulley

About me

  • An early-thirties male Irish technologist living and working in Dublin, I'm a former (recovering) member of both Fianna Fáil and the Roman Catholic Church.

    I'm not a member of any political party these days, but my opinions can be broadly categorised as 'lefty' and republican. I am also a former member of the Irish Defence Forces.

    Please feel free to check out the FI Fie Foe Fum group blog, where I was once a regular contributor, and the Cedar Lounge Revolution, where I can usually be found in the comments.

    (This blog and its contents reflect only my own personal opinions as a private citizen, and not those of any other person or organisation.)

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