American Brexit Committee letter to Senator Tom Cotton

AMERICAN BREXIT COMMITTEE P. O. BOX 27296 PHILADELPHIA, PA 19118 August 24, 2019 Honorable Tom Cotton U. S. Senate SR-124 Washington, D. C. 20510 Dear Senator Cotton: Your letter to Prime Minister Johnson of August 1, portrays  a troubling picture  of  your  understanding and that of your colleagues concerning  Britain’s plans to leave the European […]

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IRISH CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFING by Fr Sean McManus

IRISH CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFING Distributed to Congress by Irish National Caucus “ God bless the French.”—Fr. Sean McManus Boris Johnson gets lecture from Macron on The Troubles Colin Gleeson. Irish Times. Dublin. Saturday, August 24, 2019 French president Emmanuel Macron has told British PM Boris Johnson that two core objectives must be upheld in any further Brexit negotiations:stability in […]

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Oh, must you bring up that McAnespie case?

The interview with Arlene Foster and Michelle Gildernew didn’t take long. It came shortly after the planting of a fake bomb and the discovery of a viable device, as they say, in the Newtownbutler area. The assumption, I suspect, was that both women would join in condemnation of this act and stand shoulder to shoulder. […]

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Saturday pics of the week

Pics 1-8 are by John Patton “I have known of Gabhla for 60 years and finally got to visit it in June. In some ways , a microcosm of emigration Ireland. Fishing and stock grazing supported a population of around 100 until the middle of the last century with an enrolment of 48 pupils in the scoil. There are some holiday […]

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Boris careens as the clock ticks

I’ll bet you’re weary beyond words at the thought of Brexit. Me too. Sick to death of the way it sucks the air from all other news stories. So fed up with Boris Johnson, rumpling his hair for the umpteenth time and lumbering towards another European city.  So cheesed off, when I see one of […]

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Have you heard the one about the Englishman and the Irishman?

Two articles in two different newspapers snagged my bleary-eyed attention this morning. The first was in The Guardian by Simon Jenkins who is English, the other in The Irish Times by Eamon Phoenix who is, as you almost certainly know, Irish. If you listen to Boris Johnston, you’ll have heard the word “undemocratic” used with […]

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Boris and the kool-aid

‘Blistering timetable” – you have to admire Boris’s phrase-making, the kind of verbal ear-worm that gets into your head from one of his speeches. Paisley had the same ability with his “Never, never, never, never!” Except that Paisley’s unforgettable utterance turned out to be hot air from the big man’s big mouth. So will Boris […]

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Watching Scannal last night

Sometimes the best TV documentaries come from the least expected sources. During the early 1960s, for example,  RTÉ’s Radharc programme was funded by the notoriously conservative Catholic Archbishop of Dublin, John Charles McQuaid. The programme was staffed exclusively by Catholic priests and produced over 400 programmes and was filmed in over  75 countries. Any of […]

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LAPDOG BITES BULLDOG (54) by Perkin Warbeck

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERA                                                                Liberty Hall is the ugliest building in DUPlin: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. The register of its ugliness was signed by The Woman in the Street and The Man in the Street, for this is a shared space, and also by Síle Citizen, Seán Citizen  […]

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Fintan does a volte-face

My mother used to have a saying when she thought something was highly unlikely: “There’ll be two blue moons in the sky and another in the dughal(dung-heap), the day that happens.”  I would have said something similar five years ago if you’d told me I’d read a Fintan O’Toole article where he urges planning for […]

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