That £1 billion: good deal or bad deal?

Hey. That £1 billion which Arlene and the Gang of Ten have squeezed out of Theresa May – good deal or bad deal? Good deal, good deal, good deal. Or rather good financial deal. When your health service is threadbare and your schools are living on their wits, finding one billion down the back of […]

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SWANZY’S FIRST CORK KILLINGS by Manus O Riordan

Today’s Ireland edition of the London “Times” carried an item from that newspaper on this day one hundred years ago, reporting on Republican anti-War riots in Cork. It was both inaccurate and misleading in a number of respects. It was a bullet wound that had caused the death of Abraham Allen; and it was another […]

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‘The Talks Process: Stalemate or Checkmate?’ by Donal Lavery

  Now that the DUP have finally outlined the dividend they have negotiated in return for supporting a ‘confidence-and-supply’ arrangement with the Conservatives, or at least the non-subversive elements of it (which don’t state how they will undermine the legacy backlog), the public focus has inevitably shifted towards the status of the talks process to […]

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The DUP: its word is its bond. Or something.

A few factual matters, so we’re clear about what is being asked for up at Stormont and what was agreed prior to the present Stormont talks.   “Both parties [the Tory Party and the DUP] will adhere fully to their respective commitments set out in the Belfast Agreement and its successors.”   That’s a statement […]

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‘Andy Pollak’s View’ by Joe McVeigh

  “I think it’s a disaster for Ireland in that we are now back in the old sectarian swamp in the north, with one party effectively representing Protestants and another representing Catholics, and nothing moderate or non-sectarian in between.”  These are the words of one Andy Pollak, one time director of the Centre for Cross-Border […]

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LEO, LEOPOLD and the LIONS (2) by Perkin Warbeck

  Two uncles of the latest free leoder in the Free Southern Stateen did time in chokey during the dying days of the British Raj in India. In the Black Hole of Mumbai rather than the Black Hole of Kolkata. Presumably not for doing the hokey pokey in public but rather for stoking up an […]

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THE MAGIC MONEY TREE

  Legend has it that when Jack of Giant-Killer fame initially returned from the market after swapping their best cow for a piddling little bag of beans, his mother was not best pleased . I dare say that in those long-ago non- politically correct Norneverland days that she probably clipped him about the ears with […]

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THE BELFAST TELEGRAPH AND THAT POLL: SHURELY SHOME MISHTAKE?

I wrote a blog yesterday about David McWilliams’s take on the prospect of a united Ireland. I also comment on the poll which appeared mid-way through his piece in the Belfast Telegraph. Some people have assumed the poll was part of McWilliams’s article. I don’t. And I don’t understand why the Belfast Telegraph hasn’t (i) made […]

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