FATHER BRIAN MURPHY OSB RIP – by Donal Kennedy

    Father Brian Murphy OSB, has died in Limerick aged 86. He had many interests and talents and was an active gardener until days before his death on Monday 16th MAY. Born in England, taught by Jesuits in St Ignatius College, Stamford Hill, and holding degrees in History, from Oxford, UCD, and Trinity College […]

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PAT+JUDE TALK ABOUT THE PROTOCOL, N RICHMOND TD’S CALL FOR A UI COMMITTEE, MAN ON A GLIDER & G BUSH

Prof Katie Hayward of Queen’s University has a fairly rigorous article in this morning’s Irish Times.In it, she articulates with eloquence what we all know – that the British, with DUP encouragement, are intent on slashing chunks out of an international agreement they themselves signed. Today also, Michéal Martin is heading North, where Jeffrey Donaldson […]

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The good knight Jeffrey: pulled this way and that

The DUP and the good knight Jeffrey find themselves in an increasingly unhappy position. Correction: they have placed themselves in an unhappy position. The good knight Jeffrey, in an attempt to convince the public that he’s nobody’s fool, has declared he will judge  the Tory government not by what it says but what it does. […]

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Picking through the entrails of the election

There’s a temptation to see the state of the different political parties in NEI as changed, changed utterly by the recent election. I’m tempted to think the same myself, but a letter in today’s Irish Times helps moderate such radical interpretation of the voters’ decision. It’s by one Declan O’Donovan, former Joint Secretary of the […]

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UKASE, UK AND THOSE BEYOND THE PALE – by Donal Kennedy

  I suppose my use of the word UKASE will offend some sensitive people. It is a Russian word which may place me beyond the Pale.  It is an old-fashioned word and it betrays my unenlightened age and ideas. Historically UKASE was a Czarist decree, which enforced severe penalties on those who ignored it. The […]

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Letter to the Irish Times – by Donal Kennedy

Sir, Even if Ireland wanted, she could offer no significant armed force to any alliance. Ireland never wanted to, and on establishing a Republic at the polls in 1918 it could and did offer moral support to all peoples seeking liberation from subjection. When India became a Republic her leaders visited Ireland to register their […]

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GRAHAM GUDGIN AND OUR ‘MARGINAL’ ELECTION

“The changes in this [recent] election are rather marginal”.  That’s Graham GudgIn, once adviser to David Trimble, talking about the impact of the election to the Assembly.  Graham is a very smart man – he’s currently got a post of some sort in Cambridge – but he’s a very stupid man if he really believes […]

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