July, 2017

The DUP and memory loss

“I think therefore I am,” René Descartes is famed for saying. Our awareness of the fact that we can think, he argued, was proof that we exist. Nice one, René. But there are other ways of persuading yourself that you exist, that you have a life. One of these is memory. “I remember therefore I […]

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RE-IMAGINING IRELAND’S HISTORY by Donal Kennedy

   I see letters in THE IRISH TIMES calling for a re-imagining  Ireland’s flag. Sir Anthony O’Reilly, formerly known as the British Lion Tony O’Reilly, tried to run that idea up the flagpole in New York many years ago, but Brian Lenihan Sr. shot it down with style. The Irish Rugby Football Union, long the […]

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THE TIMES OF LONDON – A STICKLER FOR DETAILS? by Donal Kennedy

Under the heading “CORRECTIONS AND CLARIFICATIONS” the paper carried the following on June 24 – “A picture agency error led us to misdescribe the 6th Marquess of Cholmondley, photographed with the the Queen at the state opening of parliament in 1974 (News,June 21). He was the Lord Great Chamberlain, not Black Rod.” An  innocent reader […]

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‘Seamus Heaney’s HomePlace’ by Joe McVeigh

Last week I visited the Seamus Heaney centre, HomePlace, in Bellaghy Co Derry. I came away from this wonderful exhibition thinking what a uniquely gifted man this man was – a man who grew up on a nearby farm, the oldest of nine children, whose father Patrick, a quiet man, was a cattle dealer and […]

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City Deals and the SDLP by Kieran Cairns

 ­ As the SDLP re-launch­ their branding in a ­simplistic and minima­list fashion, they ha­ve again called for a­ City Deal for Derry ­and Belfast. This loo­ks great on paper, bu­t in reality there is­ more chance of Derby­ and Birmingham getti­ng treasury millions ­before Derry and Belf­ast. On 31 October 2015 Ma­rk Durkan (previously­ […]

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 ‘NI Affairs Committee kept in the dark about post-Brexit Irish border security review’ by Sammy MacNally

  The Northern Ireland Affairs Committee appear to have no knowledge of the Brexit border security review provided by the intelligence services to the Norther Ireland Office. When asked to confirm their knowledge of the security review a Committee official responded. “I’m not aware of the review you mention, but we will look into the matter.” […]

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