THUNDERING LIARS: Part 1. THE TIMES by Donal Kennedy

  In 1887 when Lord Salisbury was Prime Minister and his nephew, Arthur Balfour, was Chief Secretary for Ireland, Balfour was about to introduce a Coercion Bill in the House of Commons. To help the Honourable Members’ deliberations, THE TIMES published allegations of criminal misconduct by Charles Stewart Parnell, leader of the Irish Nationalist Party, […]

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Unionists, Brexit and a reunited Ireland

Eamon Mallie is not a man I always agree with – I have a pathological aversion to people who mangle or discard their native accents. But Mallie has an article in today’s Irish Times and he makes several very timely and sound points. The article is titled (the Irish Times doesn’t believe in compressed headlines) […]

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The PSNI, Trevor Birney and Barry McCaffrey

Ed Koch, when he was mayor of New York, used to call to onlookers: “How’m I doing?” As far as I know, the Chief Constable of the PSNI is not giving to calling the same question, but as head of our new-ish police force…oops, police service, he might do well to have a hard look […]

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Saturday pics of the week

Pic 1 is by Perkin Warbeck   Pic 1                                             PIGEON  AMONG  THE  CATS                                          […]

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Barry McElduff redux

  There are days when you see or hear something and you are completely happy with it, no ifs or buts. I had that sensation a day or two back when I read that Barry McElduff was one of the Sinn Féin candidates selected to run in the elections next year for Fermanagh and Omagh […]

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Fergal Keane and verifiable facts by Donal Kennedy

The Feast of St Fergal was last week – November 27 – so perhaps it’s no harm to examine the honour reflected on his memory by Fergal Keane, the most garlanded celebrity bearing his name in these secular times, when hagiography has bee jettisoned and verifiable facts reign supreme. I have in my hands a […]

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‘Brexit is not a green and orange issue!’ Oh, really?

  How should nationalists and republicans act, what sort of thing should they say and not say, as the Brexit balls-up heads towards its end point? Clearly they should express their thoughts and/or ideas about the economic implications of acting one way or another. Like everyone else (DUP excluded), they are anxious that an internal punch-up […]

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