Councillor John Finlay and the Man of Sin

Sometimes you have to laugh. And often, I find, a fit of the giggles comes on just at those moments when it would be highly inappropriate to let them out. But this is not one of those occasions. This time, giggles and guffaws and near-painful belly-laughs are the only sane response. The man to whom […]

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BIRDS OF A FEATHER

An oddly mild day in the first week of December. Inside the good wife has arrived home with a “real” ,netted Christmas tree which must mean that Christmas is on the way and preparations are afoot for the arrival of Mr Claus.The Golden Grand Daughter and her entourage are expected to arrive for the festivities, […]

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Last night on ‘Prime Time: five things not to expect

The media, as you probably know, feed on the media. Where would The Sun be without Eastenders, where would the outraged editorials be without TV interviews? So I found it interesting this morning that RTÉ Radio’s Good Morning Ireland featured a clip starring Fianna Fail TD Niall Collins speaking about the Stack case on last […]

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Alan Farrell TD: “Douglas Hogg? Who’s he?”

Alan Farrell is a remarkable man. Yesterday, he stood up in the Dail and named two TDs in connection with the killing of prison officer Brian Stack in 1983. This morning I’ve just listened to him explaining to Audrey Carville on RTÉ that he felt completely justified in doing this. He was asked where he […]

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Vertex: the company that knows how to kill

For anyone in doubt about the power of multi-national corporations, a recent RTÉ Prime Time should have disabused them of that doubt. It was just one item of a number dealt with on the edition of the programme, but it was by far the most powerful. It opened with Joe Brolly (yes, that one) talking to camera […]

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HATING ONE’S NEIGHBOURS by Donal Kennedy

Reading comments from “MT”  “BILLY” and “JOE BLOGGS” is a depressing experience. They are devoid of charm, wit or civility and they have convinced me that they are activated by hatred of most people  living in Ireland or whose allegiance or sentiments are Irish. Billy extends his hatred to people who grow beards or wear […]

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THE ART OF TERRORISM : PART 1

Some would say that the following passage of overblown , yet conceptually concise chest-beating ,is the very foundation -stone of “terrorism” in Ireland. From the early years of the 20th century ,It invokes God,subjection and blind obedience to an ethos which licenced those who believe it to solemnly pursue violence.. “BEING CONVINCED in our consciences […]

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