DORA – THE DEFENCE OF THE REALM ACT was passed by the British Parliament on 8 August 1914. It was designed to control UK ports, subject civilians to the rule of military courts, and to control the press. The powers it gave the Government were extended. Allied with the Official Secrets Act, it in effect […]
Emmanuel Macron is fed up with Johnson – when they meet face to face he’s friendly and reasonable, when he gets out the door he denies things he’s said. Macron says he’s a ‘knucklehead’. Mary Lou McDonald was in the US addressing a bunch of lawyers, and told them we are living ‘in the dying days’ of partition.She talks about a border poll within 5-10 years. Is she kicking the can? And lastly, it’s beginning to look as if the DUP is going to settle for that little old protocol after all – maybe they are fearing the slippage to the left and the UUP rather than that to the right and the TUV. Time to press that button….
I recently found myself agreeing with much of what Fra Hughes had to say in his blog – (30-11-21), ‘Sinn Fein: From Revolutionary Party to Constitutional Nationalist.’ Like Fra, I once found myself asking, whether I had left Sinn Fein or if Sinn Fein had left me. And like him, I’ve often asked where […]
In anticipation of the launch of WHAT SHAPED ME tomorrow evening (Thursday 2 December) at 6.30 pm in Derry Central Library, Foyle Street, Garbhan Downey talks to Pat and me about the people we interviewed, what they said – basically, about how seriously wonderful a book WHAT SHAPED ME is, and why y’all need to be at Derry’s Central Library tomorrow evening at 6.30 pm to get your signed copy. Garbhan will be there too, asking some more questions.
IN SEPTEMBER 1914 the Irish Christian Brothers launched a monthly magazine OUR BOYS which was probably the first Periodical ever produced for Irish Youth. It was still going strong when I left St Fintan’s in Sutton in 1959. Previous to that, and subsequently, the country was inundated with English comics with no roots in Ireland. Indeed […]
First published on al mayadeen Where did it all go wrong? Once the vanguard of Irish republicanism and claiming to be fighting for a free sovereign socialist 32 county Irish republic SF is now a parody of its previous incarnation. From a revolutionary party supporting a legitimate armed struggle against Britain’s illegal immoral imperialist military […]
From September 1948 to June 1957 I went to St Fintan’s CBS, then on the Burrow Rd, Sutton, Co Dublin I was first in the Primary and then in Secondary when I did my Inter Cert. As I lived near Howth Summit I used catch the Hill of Howth Tram down to the Railway Station, […]
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, along comes Omicron. Nobody knows for sure how disastrous it might be but it is putting a big black cloud over the run-up to Christmas. Has Boris Johnson gone too far,with Peppa Pig references and losing his place in his speech to […]
This review first appeared in the Andersonstown News As ever, Mark Carruthers stands (why oh why do they have to stand?) clutching a sheaf of notes. “Could Christmas be cancelled?” he asks, and welcomes us to THE VIEW (BBC ONE). He has as guests Christopher Stalford (DUP) and Owen Tennyson (Alliance). The latter looks young and guileless, the former less young and […]
One Friday afternoon in 1911 an almost empty House of Commons passed the Official Secrets Act with less than an hour’s debate. In 1848 in similar haste the Treason Felony Act was enacted. Both Acts are still in force. How much in force is itself an Official Secret. On the face of it a person […]