October, 2019

The British House of Commons prepares for hara-kiri

This dark October morning, there are two questions about Brexit which are in a lot of people’s heads.  The second and obvious one is what way the vote will go in the House of Commons – will they vote through Boris Johnson’s latest deal? The first, lurking at the back of many heads, is what […]

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Five things about yesterday’s deal

Gerry Adams predicted, when the DUP first formed its confidence-and-supply pact with Theresa May’s Tory government, that it would all end in tears.  He may not be the president of Sinn Féin any more, but Gerry knows his history. English politicians have always used Irish politics and politicians for their own ends. For a party […]

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Randall Stephen Hall – CD Launch

Preview YouTube video YON BOYS The Green Room Belfast 2019YON BOYS The Green Room Belfast 2019.weblocDownload Randall Stephen Hall. Singer songwriter. Genre: “Folk n’ Fusion.”www.randallstephenhall.com www.ruftyroohah.com CD Launch at The Green Room/The Black Box, Belfast Sunday 27th of October. Doors Open at 7.30. performance at 8.00 pm. + Bar. Tickets £10.00. Concession £7.00. Born in Belfast, now […]

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OPEN LETTER TO MEMBERS OF CONGRESS by Michael John Cummings

Since 1983 the Irish American Unity Conference (IAUC)  has been working nationwide  in a non-partisan, non-sectarian manner to advocate the end of partition in Ireland  AND begin the  democratic re-unification.  This we have done  by promoting protests,  political debate, education, the protection of human rights,  investigation of lawless actions of British security forces, advocacy for the MacBride Fair Employment and the McGuinness Principles.  We […]

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BRIEF ENCOUNTERS by Donal Kennedy

Visiting friends in the 1920s, my mother once shared a table with Padraic O’Conaire, novelist, short-story writer and essayist. The great wordsmith uttered “nary a peep” during the encounter.Instead he seemed to transfix the company with his eyes as if trying to read their souls .I’ll  bet it was disconcerting for a young woman of […]

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IRISH CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFING – Brexit and the north by Fr Sean McManus

IRISH CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFING Distributed to Congress by Irish National Caucus “This article by Fintan O’Toole will be most helpful for Members of Congress and their Staff in clarifying the Brexit-Northern Ireland chaos.It is a ‘must-read’ by a master of his subject.”—Fr. Sean Mc Manus  Tories must grasp the profound stupidity of their approach to the North […]

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The UK: the United or Alarmingly Creaking Kingdom?

Arlene Foster said a funny thing last night. Well, actually two funny things. She said that the DUP had always insisted on the political and economic unity of the UK. Let’s take the economic one first. Unity suggests all the bits have equal status, that you’d have pretty much the same economic life if you […]

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Racism, sectarianism and codding ourselves

Did you watch the Bulgaria-England soccer international last night? I watched part of the first half and, with England 3-0 up and the referee halting the game twice to check on racist abuse coming from the crowd, I switched over. This morning press reports on the match have headings like ‘Vile and disturbing Sofia spectacle […]

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Eating the truth

OK – stall the wedding, as Sean Coyle might have said before the BBC dumped him. Put the champagne on ice. It now appears that the happy ending to Brexit has at best been postponed and at worst cancelled. Jim Shannon, he of the DUP, has said it plain and straight: “It is simple. Are […]

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