July, 2016

CREDIT UNION FOR A SECURE FUTURE by John Patton

The outcome of the EU Referendum has left many small savers worried about their future finances. Brexit has caused a sharp decline in the value of the pound, panic in the markets  and it is widely believed that a further cut in interest rates would mean very poor returns on ISAs and other financial products. […]

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IRONIES by Donal Kennedy

If James Joyce had won a gold, rather than a silver, medal at Dublin’s Feis Ceoil ,  he might have rivalled  the great John MacCormack or Enrico Caruso, made pots of money and bedded more women than Blazes Boylan,and been a bigger social success in Hollywood than Jack Doyle. But, to the despair of his long-suffering wife, Nora Barnacle, […]

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Arlene offers a lesson: how not to deal with minorities

While not wanting to impose on you physical details you might prefer to avoid, my buttocks clenched in embarrassment last evening as I watched the news. Arlene Foster was busy doing her version of the Iron Lady and making it clear to “Enda” (I put quotation marks around it, Virginia, because that’s what Arlene called […]

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‘Justice: now you see it, now you don’t’ by Tom Cooper

The interjection by Yasmine Ahmed, Director of the internationally respected Rights Watch (UK), in regard to RTE’s recent documentary ‘Collusion’, is a welcome development. Rights Watch has stated that there is clear evidence of British state involvement in murders in Ireland and has supported those that have sought to expose it. Ms Ahmed said “The […]

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A DISUNITED BRITAIN

The United Kingdom is no more. Who would have foreseen this a few short months ago ?How improbable was it ? So what now for Norneverland in the nuclear fallout of the Brexit vote to leave the EU? It has exposed the “United Kingdom” as a completely disunited entity.The fault-lines are there for all to […]

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INDEPENDENCE DAY by Donal Kennedy

On 4 July 1776  representatives of thirteen American states, in General Congress assembled, declared their independence. I think it was Benjamin Franklin who said to his co-signatories that they should hang together or they would hang separately.. It was a risky business, for if HM Britannic Majesty’s forces had captured them. singly or collectively, they […]

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Thinking the unthinkable

It’s a terrible thing to say, but there must have been newsmen and women who were glad to hear about that huge bomb in Baghdad the other day which killed over a hundred people. Not that newsmen and women are more heartless than the rest of us; it’s just that some of them must have […]

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AS THE BREXIT DUST SETTLES…

The BREXIT vote has been like the explosion of a huge bomb – we’re still scrabbling around in the debris, sometimes making happy discoveries of life where we thought there was none, sometimes finding badly- wounded and fearful people. One of the discoveries that’s excited attention is the sight of Ian Paisley Jr urging his constituents […]

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