January, 2019

Paddy Ashdown and Ireland

Irish Times Letters 8 Jan 2019 Sir, – In the obituary of Paddy Ashdown (January 5th, 2019) it is stated that, “he was once required to arrest the Catholic civil rights activist and future fellow MP John Hume on the streets of Belfast”. How absolving – “was once required”. How inaccurate – “streets of Belfast”. The facts […]

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Saturday pics of the week

Pics 1 and 2 are by Perkin Warbeck Pic 1 Pic 2                           CÉAD  MÍLE  MALTA    chuig    LOS   MEXICANOS Malta welcomes dogs of all breeds, sizes and sounds. Including bite-sized chihuahuas of which at least umpteen would be needed to make up  […]

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What are you worth?

The new year coaxes us to reflect.  We look back at what’s gone, we ponder (or in 2019, fear) what the future holds in its fist. We sometimes wonder what it’s all about, or why  things are the way they are. So try pondering this. In 1995 Queen Elizabeth wrote a letter. Of course she […]

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Food for thought by Antaine de Brún

Why do the British know so little about Irish history? The question is posed in History Today Vol 69 Issue 1 2019.  Perhaps some answers may be found in the following statements: “Divided countries are not successful countries.”  Chancellor of the Exchequer 5 December 2018 “The northern Ireland backstop shows the predatory nature of the […]

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Good to see you. Come in, come in.

Cead mile fáilte.  Ireland of the welcomes. If you’re Irish, come into the parlour. It’s really good to be part of a warm-hearted people, isn’t it? But hold. What’s this I see in the papers this morning? On the border between Leitrim and Roscommon, there’s a hotel called the Shannon Key West Hotel. Actually they’d […]

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QUIS CUSTODIET IPSOS CUSTODES? by Donal Kennedy

‘Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?’ So asked the Roman poet Juvenal, which can be rendered “Who will guard the guardians themselves?” My  BLOG “Thundering Liars”  starred “THE TIMES” of London and the BLOG “Thundering Liars – Part 2 starred Titus Oates, both monstrous delinquents. I would not put the  The Guardian or the old Manchester Guardian […]

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Should women – or men – be barred from an organisation?

In recent days, there’s been something of a kerfuffle in the Letters page of The Irish Times, about the notion of male-only organisations. The group under the gun at the moment is an Irish-American one called the Society of the Friendly Sons of St Patrick (SFSSP), with its name clearly indicating it’s for men only.  […]

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Nigel examines the backstop and announces it’s a trap

The real leader of the DUP, Nigel Dodds, was yesterday  busy explaining his party’s stance as the Brexit thunderclouds rolled ever nearer. As he tells it, a hard Brexit will be all the fault of the EU. The DUP, which voted Leave in the EU referendum, is all for Brexit but simply cannot have Theresa […]

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