Only learning about this now.
I stumbled across the national alliance last night, as I logged in to twitter to check on the latest online gossip. One of the first items to strike me was their logo. It looked familiar, as you can see above.
That typo isn’t mine by the way, “lastest” really is a word, apparently, according to one of the links on their site.
Behind the national alliance are Marc Coleman (economist and broadcaster), John McGuirk (former Libertas campaigner), Christopher O’Toole (Fianna Fáil acivist), and David Quinn (director of the Iona Institute).
I’ve downloaded a PDF containing their manifesto, and will write at greater length later. An initial scan reveals some worthy goals: electoral reform, more women in politics, an improved senate.
But there are some curious aspirations too. What is one to make of the assertion that “secular intolerance must be as strongly opposed as religious intolerance”?
How should we interpret the statement that “as a pluralist Christian nation, Ireland must allow the decent silent majority of religious voters to be heard.”
Or the call to fight “discrimination against the nuclear family”? What discrimination would that be exactly?
And just what do you make of “employment policies [which] balance Ireland’s eternal welcome to outsiders with a clear duty to Irish citizens”?
It all sounds vaguely familiar, somehow.