Patsy McGarry and nationalism

Patsy McGarry, the Religious Affairs correspondent of the Irish Times, has an odd article in that paper today.  In it, he points out that the RIC has been already commemorated in the south ten years ago. He says that there is a Garda Memorial Garden in Dublin. It has a stone sculpture dedicated “to all the […]

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Three questions for every southern politician

One of the topics that will not be an issue in the south’s general election is clear: there will be no mention of the north. Well no, let me back away from that a bit. You can mention the north but only in the context of its relationship to the EU.  You can talk  about […]

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WILL THE IRISH TIMES EVER GROW UP? by Donal Kennedy

In October 2015 Ronan McGreevy had an article in THE IRISH TIMES describing the shooting of Edith Cavell and the sinking of the Lusitania as atrocities committed by Germany in 1915 breaking the Geneva Convention requirements for legitimate acts of war. In that McGreevy was accepting and confirming nonsense spread by the British at the […]

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THE 1918 AND OTHER ELECTIONS by Donal Kennedy

At the dissolution of Parliament in 1918 Irish Nationalists held 73 seats and Sinn Fein held 6. Following the 1918 Election the Nationalists retained 6 seats (some of them by arrangement with Sinn Fein. Sinn Feiners the winners in 73 seats abstained from Westminster, about half of them by choice, the other half of them […]

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An election: so how are the democratic foundations?

If you’re checking out a house, it’s probably a good idea to start with the foundations. If they’re not sound, no matter how elegant the sitting room and how hi-tech the kitchen and how well-tended the garden, you’ve got a problem. Which is why, as the people in the south start on their much-anticipated election, […]

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McManus and McCord team up again – by Irish Echo staff

Raymond McCord Sr. and Fr. Sean McManus in front of the White House in 2009. During the week of Sunday, February 9 to Saturday, February 15 the Capitol Hill- based Irish National Caucus is sponsoring, for the third time, a visit of the Northern Ireland victims’ campaigner Raymond McCord, Sr. Mr. McCord will brief individual members of Congress on […]

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On not having a vote

Supposing you had your mind made up which guy or gal you were going to vote for, and then when you went to cast your vote you were told to clear off, they weren’t going to have you coming in and defacing their electoral paper with your smudgy Xs, how would you react? Or worse […]

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Stormont: here we go again

So is today really the Fresh Start so many people have been yearning for? When Johnson and Varadkar appear at Stormont today, will they speak the equivalent of King George V’s words, when he opened the first parliament here 99 years ago? “I speak from a full heart when I say that my coming to […]

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Sectarian rule in Delhi and Belfast – by John Patton

A small but vocal and determined group of Scottish/Indians protested outside the Indian Consulate in Rutland Square Edinburgh, today against the BJP /Modi Government proposals for a Citizenship Act. As I mingled with them and listened to their grievances, the parallels with the Six Counties in Ireland were apparent. A major concern expressed was that […]

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