August, 2018

Would you like to return to the Commonwealth?

Well, no one can accuse Mary Lou McDonald of taking off her shoes and putting up her feet since she took over as Sinn Féin president. She’s done a number of things, but most importantly she’s taken by the throat the issue of a border poll and the desirability of a reunited Ireland, and slammed […]

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Groupthink and contemporary tub-thumpers

  “He can’t be a man ’cause he doesn’t smoke/The same cigarettes as me” –  Mick Jagger When I was growing up (yes, Virginia, just outside Omagh), the Catholic Church was at the height of its powers. I wasn’t aware of the Church having any more powers than anyone else in the adult world: teachers, […]

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Brexit- a disaster for Ireland  by Joe McVeigh

  The people who voted for Brexit gave no thought to the disastrous consequences for Ireland of the UK leaving the EU. They gave no thought to the implications for the 1998 Good Friday Agreement and the building of peace in Ireland. They had no concern for the future of the economy in Ireland. It is doubtful if they had any […]

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Emma, ‘A’ Levels and education

I’ve always liked Emma Thompson. She’s a bit of a toff (Cambridge and all that) but she also is one very good actor, and also it seems to me, an actor with a brain. Yesterday she confirmed my brain judgement. She was on The One Show (BBC ONE) and while I caught only the first […]

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 HANGING A REPUBLICAN IN WESTMINSTER by Donal Kennedy

(This letter was published in the Irish Post a couple of weeks ago) Your report of the handing over by the Ceann Comhairle (Speaker) of Dail Eireann of a portrait of the Republican Constance Markievicz to Westminster, that serial  Smotherer of Parliaments, FOR HANGING, had me asking – is this For Real? Westminster bribed “a Parcel of Rogues”  in Edinburgh […]

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The Omagh bomb: cold-blooded murder?

  As children, we all loved a simple tale: Goldilocks v the wolf, Cinderella v the ugly sisters (not very pc, that one), the three little pigs v another wolf. In life, things are rarely that neat. Take the Omagh bomb. This morning on the BBC Raidio Uladh/Radio Ulster news, the anniversary topped the news  headlines. […]

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Mervyn and the marchers

Tuesday is a desperate day. The glow of the weekend has faded, you’re facing into the same old slog of work , you wonder why you picked this path in life and if there shouldn’t be something more –anything more – than this overcast greyness. Cheer up, I have a belly-twisting laugh on its way. […]

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Ooh aah, we’re outraged (again)

I’m just off the Nolan Show on Raidio Uladh/Radio Ulster, where they’re highlighting a Wolfe Tones concert where there was, apparently, the waving of Irish tricolours with ‘IRA’ written on them and chants of ‘Ooh aah, up the RA!’ Isn’t it interesting that of all the hundreds of events that occurred during Feile an Phobail, […]

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Is there a cure for the Brexit blues?

The worst charge that can be laid at unhappy Remainers is that they want the British public,  to think again: step forward, EU Referendum Two. At the very idea,  Brexiteers break into red-faced fury. The remote toffs are at it again! Pulling the strings and refusing a clear democratic decision. “Do you want us to be like […]

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