June, 2016

At least annoy them…

This won’t get Boris or Nigel to accept a re-run (why not, when you think about the double-barreled referenda in the south of Ireland) but it might at least provoke indigestion in Michael’s little tummy…So why not sign? https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/131215

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Should Theresa be told?

  One of the most significant political conversations I’ve ever had was with a man then a leading figure in the SDLP.  I happened to mention something about the need for politicians to do the right and moral thing. With a smile he informed me “Politics is about power – that’s what changes things”.  He […]

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DEMOCRACY AND ITS ENEMIES by Donal Kennedy

The storming  and destruction of  Paris Bastille in 1789 created a rift between those who approved and those who disapproved.   In Ireland those who approved, such as Theobald Wolfe Tone called themselves Democrats. They believed Democracy was a universal good and that it should be applied in  Ireland- a country with a long history.Some English […]

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Ireland and that Villiers touch

  The Villiers family have previous experience of interfering in Irish affairs – the present British Secretary of State had an ancestor, George Villiers, Earl of Clarendon. He was Lord Lieutenant of Ireland during the late 1840s, and he did his bit for Queen and Empire. At a time when Ireland was in the hellish […]

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THE LUSITANIA FACTS AND SPECULATIONS by Donal Kennedy

The sinking of the Lusitania off the Old Head Of Kinsale  in 1915 was seized on by the British Government  to recruit men from other nations in her war on Germany.The liner was no mere commercial enterprise in an era when British governments, slaves to liberal. laissez faire economic doctrines, let businesses sink or swim by […]

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Dog catches EU truck: now what?

  It feels like January 1933. That’s when Hitler was appointed German Chancellor and the road to his becoming a dictator was officially opened. I know that we can pluck a number of positives from last night’s referendumt rubble, but right now I feel as if I’ve been kicked in the stomach by a horse. Stop and […]

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CHIVALRY by Donal Kennedy

There’s a passage in “Refections On The Revolution in France” by Edmund Burke, which you’ll be glad to see, I haven’t got to hand. But it declared that the age of dhivalry was Dead, because Queen Marie Antoinette had been arrested at Versailles and not a gentleman in Europe had drawn his sword from his […]

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HOW WAS IT FOR YOU?

Somebody called it a transcendent night. Robbie Brady said it felt like “an out-of-body experience”. How true, how true. As surely as the shot which killed Archduke Ferdinand  reverberated around the world, the goal that Brady scored last night sent  Irish fans all over the world into a blender-mix of screaming, hugging, glorious euphoria. . […]

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