April, 2018

Rev Brian Kennaway and respecting difference

I once met, briefly, the Rev Brian Kennaway. He struck me as a cheerful and intelligent man. However, his claims in yesterday’s Irish Times that the Good Friday Agreement was undermined by   Martin McGuinness mentioning to some schoolchildren that he had once been on the run is laughable. A bit more serious is his claim […]

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Weapons, motives and spineless media

You’ll hear people in the media declare that this is the “post-truth age”. This has an air of credibility about it, when we take into account the verbal somersaults and tweet contortions of President Trump. But I’m not sure it’s helpful to call this the age of post-truth. For decades at least, we’ve been struck […]

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Gerry Adams and the legitimate use of violence

  ‘Strewth. I’ve just come off the Nolan Show on BBC Raidio Uladh/Radio Ulster, where the hot topic of the day was Gerry Adams’s answer to a question from a German journalist: “Is violence a legitimate means with which to reach one’s aims?” Adams’s reply, predictably, was Yes, in circumstances such as those in which […]

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The Irish Right to Sovereignty and Unity  by Joe McVeigh

  Irish unity is not just an aspiration to hope for, as one would hope to win the Lottery. Irish unity is an absolute and inalienable right which we now all must work to achieve. The Dublin government has a moral responsibility to ensure that this right is recognised by the neighbouring government and by the international […]

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Should liars be asked to explain themselves?

I’ve just finished, over my mug of tea and home-made bread, an editorial in today’s Observer newspaper. It was a long and learned article about the Skripal poisoning, and talked about the unanimous backing of Britain by Western countries in its denunciation of Russia’s role in the poisoning of the Russian double-spy. It says this is […]

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Arlene and a possible departure….

What do Brexit, the accusation that Russia poisoned that guy Skripal, and Arlene Foster’s thoughts about leaving here in the event of a united Ireland – what do all three have in common? None of the three requires rational suport. Brexit is built on a fantasy of making Britain Great Again, blaming the Russians over […]

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Kenny Donaldson and his confusing train of thought

Kenny Donaldson is a man I sometimes find hard to understand. He is part of or perhaps leads an organization called ‘Innocent Victims United’. Yesterday I was on the radio talking with him and Alan McBride about whether someone with a criminal record should be allowed on the Northern Ireland Victims Forum. Kenny believes they should […]

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Ian Paisley and Barry McElduff: two sectarian tweeters?

Should Ian Paisley be forced to resign over his retweet of the Katie Hopkins tweet ““March 2018. London has a higher murder rate than New York… And Ramadan’s not yet begun”? Ian Paisley has apologised for his action: “Didn’t take cognisance of Ramadan ref. Once brought to my attention immediately deleted. Apologise profusely for offence caused”. […]

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Jeremy Corbyn and Gerry Adams: separated at birth?

I doubt if Gerry Adams and Jeremy Corbyn find time to get together these days, but if they did, they’d have a fine old time comparing assaults made on them by the media, and the different forms which those assaults took. Gerry Adams, as you probably know, has been accused of protecting paedophiles, protecting murderers, being in […]

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‘The Irish v British Imperialism’ by Joe McVeigh

    We Irish are a great people. We have produced great literature, wonderful music, bright ideas, sensible laws and a humane justice system, a great culture recognised as such throughout the known world. A neighbouring country has, for centuries, tried to destroy this Irish culture. This arrogant neighbour wanted to establish a world empire, […]

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