Maybe the British shouldn’t have shipped out the food

An Gorta Mór memorial in Philadelphia Just when you thought you knew all the players in the Brexit balls-up –  Britain, the EU, Ireland north and south – a new players steps  in . Over the last couple of weeks, the voice of America has sounded. The first and most dramatic intervention came  from Brendan Boyle. You may have heard […]

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WHENCE ALL BUT THEY HAD FLED by Donal Kennedy

It’s remarkable what you can see on the internet. Quite by accident I came across a diatribe by Ruth Dudley Edwards against various bodies, which parade at Easter, calling themselves Oglaigh na hEireann. She described them as traitors. Most people are careful about using such words, even when their own loyalties have been constant. Ms […]

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The PSNI: a new police service. You sure about that?

It’s becoming increasingly clear that we have a police problem. Most of us know that the role played by the RUC during the Troubles produced massive difficulties, not least because of inadequate Catholic recruitment and deep suspicion of collusion. Seeing the vital role the forces of law-and-order play in any society,   Chris Patten was drafted […]

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What I would have said on the Nolan show last night

The main topic of discussion on the Nolan show on TV last night was the inevitability or otherwise of a border poll following Brexit. I was phoned and asked would I be willing to appear, then emailed and told they had only ‘pencilled in’ participants, and finally emailed and told to take my cocoa and […]

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WHO IS IRELAND’S ENEMY? by Donal Kennedy

Nine days after the King’s Own Scottish Borders shot dead four unarmed Dubliners and wounded about forty more on Bachelor’s Walk, John Redmond, without consulting either party colleagues or the Irish electorate  presumed to commit Ireland to war on Britain’s behalf against Germany and the Hapsburg Empire, in alliance with Serbia, whose agents had murdered […]

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The four horsepersons of the Backstop

 Normally Brexit is a topic that’s unlikely to tickle your funny-bone. It may well involve the loss of thousands of jobs, the tanking of the pound, farmers out of business, increased food prices and decreased food quality, social division, political antagonism and family shouting-matches.  But The Irish Times has a Brexit report this morning that […]

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Why did the Leavers vote Leave?

Do you remember that woman in England who, when a TV reporter told her an election had been called, cried out “Not another one!”, her voice a wail of frustration? By rights there should be a  lot of people turning on their radios or reading their newspapers and seeing acres of commentary and reporting on […]

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LAPDOG BITES BULLDOG (28) by Perkin Warbeck

                                        Last week, among the multitudes with an exactitude of the same  attitude who self-invited theyselves to the legendary Weekend Party  of  The West Brit Egg Head  at West Egg,  the spotlight was turned  on a bockety […]

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