Shinners, Dissos and Dissenters: Irish republican media activism since the Good Friday Agreement

By Paddy Hoey

Shinners, Dissos and Dissenters: Irish republican media activism since the Good Friday Agreement


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-1424-2
  • Pages: 224
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £75.00
  • Published Date: January 2018
  • BIC Category: Politics, Politics & government, Media studies, Ireland, European history, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies, RELIGION / Religious Intolerance, Persecution & Conflict, POLITICAL SCIENCE / General, HISTORY / Europe / Ireland, Society & social sciences / Sociology, Society & social sciences / Political activism, Religious Intolerance, Persecution & Conflict, Ireland, Society & social sciences / Politics & government, Society & social sciences / Media studies


Shinners, dissos, and dissenters is a long-term analysis of the development of Irish republican media activism since 1998 and the tumultuous years that followed the end of the Troubles. It is the first in-depth analysis of the newspapers, magazines and online spaces in which strands of Irish republicanism developed and were articulated in a period in which schism and dissent underscored a return to violence for dissidents. 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 snap shot of a political ideology in transition as it is moulded by the forces of the Peace Process and often violent internal ideological schism that threatened a return to the 'bad old days' of the Troubles.


Paddy Hoey is a Lecturer in Media and Politics at Edge Hill University in Lancashire


1. Northern Ireland, the public sphere and activist media
2. Republicanism since 1998: Shinners
3. Republicanism since 1998: Dissos and dissenters
4. Sinn Féin, An Phoblacht and the life and slow death of the Irish republican newspaper
5. A republican digital counterculture? Fourthwrite and the Blanket
6. New forms of republican (in)activism: éirígí and RNU
7. Epilogue - Brexit, the border and nationalism's bounce back Bibliography

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