Irish people are trolling a UK politician with hilarious 'alternative' takes on Irish history
What is #HannanIrishHistory?
Irish people are trolling a British journalist and Conservative politician with their 'alternative' versions of Irish history.
Using the hashtag #HannanIrishHistory people are sharing their increasingly hilarious and inventive takes on key events in Ireland's history, the origins of our political figures, and more.
The hashtag was spawned following an article by Daniel Hannan for The Telegraph in which he argues that politicians have sacrificed their positions and split their parties in order to "advance deeper integration" with the EU.
"In Ireland, for example, Bertie Ahern, then the Taoiseach, who was at the time mired in corruption allegations, fell on his sword rather than allowing those allegations to prejudice the pro‑Brussels cause in the 2008 referendum on the Lisbon Treaty," he writes.
"When his side lost anyway, his successor, Brian Cowen, took the catastrophic decision to rerun the vote. In doing so, he predictably ended not only his own career but also his party’s hegemony. Fianna Fáil, which had won every Irish election since 1932, was destroyed. But the European project carried on."
Some Irish and UK commentators have taken issue with Hannan's arguments, pointing to the banking crisis as the main reason Fianna Fail lost the 2011 election, and questioning Hannan's statement that the party "had won every Irish election since 1932".
Steve Peers, Professor of EU, Human Rights & World Trade Law at the University of Essex first used the hashtag #HannanIrishHistory, which has now been trending for more than 24 hours.
Here are some of the responses:
The Irish Potato Famine was introduced by the EU in 1996 as a punishment for Ireland rejecting Nice I. Only the UK stood by the Republic of Éire, loaning them potatoes in their hour of need. #HannanIrishHistory— Donal O'Keeffe (@Donal_OKeeffe) March 19, 2019
#HannanIrishHistory— Abie Philbin Bowman (@AbiePB) March 19, 2019
St. Patrick is actually the Patron Saint of Brexit. He came from leave-voting Wales. And he kicked the snakes out of Ireland to show his contempt for EU regulations on biodiversity
40% of Ireland’s renewable energy is generated by the cast of Riverdance. #HannanIrishHistory— Dara de Brún (@DaraDeBrun) March 19, 2019
In 1825 an Irish sailor from Cobh returned to his home town with a flag from The Ivory Coast. Nearly 100 yrs later in 1922 it was adopted as the national flag of Ireland, but they hung it upside down on the flag pole and thus the Irish tricolour was invented #HannanIrishHistory— Anita Byrne (@anitambyrne) March 19, 2019
The Black and Tans were so called due to their part in the fake tanning craze sweeping early 1920s Ireland. Their cultural impact can be seen to this day with the “Orange Order” and full make up re-enactments on most Saturday nights in the clubs of Belfast. #HannanIrishHistory— Joseph (@scarypancakes) March 20, 2019
The modern ambulance siren was invented in Nenagh, County Tipperary. #HannanIrishHistory— Seamus ó Corcoráin 🇮🇪 🇪🇺 (@dohville) March 19, 2019
Fionn mac Cumhaill burned his finger on the Salmon of Knowledge because of EU regulations on food labelling #HannanIrishHistory— Dean Van Nguyen (@deanvannguyen) March 19, 2019
The 1916 Easter Rising was a side effect of the Dublin water supply being polluted with Viagra pills.— Anita Byrne (@anitambyrne) March 20, 2019
This resulted in the banning of all reproductive, contraceptive and erectile dysfunction pills. The subsequent legislation was named ‘The Penal Laws’. #HannanIrishHistory
And it is providing a welcome break from Brexit coverage for many...
#HannanIrishHistory The best # event in a long time, I’m crying with laughter and a *I* got a ‘D’ in Honours History in the Leaving, so I know me onions!!— Mary Beare Aust (@marybaust) March 20, 2019
Breakfast with #HannanIrishHistory— Caitlín Uí Ceallaigh (@sanepolitico) March 20, 2019
Hilarious start to the day