January, 2016

Don’t mention state agents. It complicates things.

If you want to spot someone who’s sloganizing rather than exploring key events during our Troubles, check if their sole focus is on the IRA and its ‘murderous campaign’. Or, in the case of more liberal-minded commentators, on the ‘murderous campaign of the IRA and loyalist paramilitaries’. You could dismiss such people as blockheads and […]

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CARSON’S KISS OF DEATH by Donal Kennedy

CARSON’S KISS OF DEATH The Road To The Somme – Men of the Ulster Division Tell Their Story. Philip Orr. Blackstaff Press, Belfast. 248ppp/b. £9.95. Of all the units of all the armies that fought in the First World War, the British Army’s Ulster Division was surely the most curious. Most of it was transferred en bloc from the Ulster […]

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Flags, the Alliance Party and the cops

Chris Lyttle is a young MLA whom I admire and disagree with. He has recently set the wasps’ nest buzzing with a proposal about flags in public places. Chris believes people are entitled to fly any legal flag on their own property. As for flags on government buildings, he thinks “the flying of the Union […]

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LET US COMPARE MYTHOLOGIES IN NORNEVERLAND

I’d almost despaired. It’s that long month of January that does it for most of us here in Norneverland. Many of the inhabitants have shot their financial load with the Christmas and New Year festivities. December’s early wage is long spent; they’ve maxed out their credit card ; the streets have emptied of shoppers and […]

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‘FORGOTTEN HERO OF THE 1916 RISING?’ by Donal Kennedy

      An apparently forgotten hero of the 1916 Rising is Major Sir Francis Vane (1861-1934) a Dublin-born British officer, who had previously fought in the Second Boer War, where his humanity and moral courage had incurred the wrath of his military superiors. You may see a summary of his life on Wikepedia. In […]

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Theresa May’s faux outrage over Litvinenko killing

Chutzpah. Brass neck. Hypocrisy. Call it what you will, the British are truly masters of the art, as is seen in their reaction to the killing of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko. You’ll remember how Litvinenko was served a poisonous cup of tea and the blame is now being laid at the door of the […]

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[A snap general election that it called after less than a year in office gave Fianna Fáil its first overall Dáil majority – in spite of this eve-of-poll  “Irish Times” editorial appeal to those who had remained aloof from politics to vote against de Valera’s party. – Donal Kennedy] “The Irish Times”, January 23, 2016: From […]

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The Irish Times damns de Valera

[A snap general election that it called after less than a year in office gave Fianna Fáil its first overall Dáil majority – in spite of this eve-of-poll  “Irish Times” editorial appeal to those who had remained aloof from politics to vote against de Valera’s party]   “The Irish Times”, January 23, 2016: From the […]

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Treat your children well

  It’s odd the different forms which inequality assumes, particularly in education. Anyone who’s been involved with schools, and lots more who haven’t, know that the Eleven Plus in all its forms is an abomination. It sends a message of failure to a majority of children,  and while many manage to clamber over or around […]

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‘Who nose?’ by Donal Kennedy

In about a week it will be 34 years since  the morning I turned on BBC’s RADIO 4 NEWS with anticipation. I was delighted and excited to learn that its lead story involved the Press Council. But both turned to disappointment and to a contempt which has not abated since. That morning, or the previous […]

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