January, 2020

IRISH PETITION by Fr Sean McManus

“Ireland, too, has the right to be One Nation under God, indivisible,  with liberty and justice for all.” This Petition is entrusted to you—as it is to me— as a sacred trust. We must get many thousands to sign it—it’s the least any concerned person can do. It is free, just click and sign—http://chng.it/8kvvrmrr It is our honor, privilege, and duty […]

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XXXX elections

“Not another one!” – remember that?  It was some reporter a couple of years back, and he asked an English  woman in the street for her thoughts on the announcement of an election. It came as news to her and she expressed distaste, horror – it was as if she’d been asked to go over […]

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TRIPE AND TREASON: SHAMELESS MURPHY & TITUS OATES – KINDRED SPIRITS? by Donal Kennedy  Four years ago Seamus Murphy SJ launched a scurrilous corner-boy attack on the 1916 Insurgents, sneering at Patrick Pearse, whom he contrasted with Daniel O’Connell, “who had never shot a man in his life.” As it happens I admire both Pearse […]

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Patsy McGarry and nationalism

Patsy McGarry, the Religious Affairs correspondent of the Irish Times, has an odd article in that paper today.  In it, he points out that the RIC has been already commemorated in the south ten years ago. He says that there is a Garda Memorial Garden in Dublin. It has a stone sculpture dedicated “to all the […]

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Three questions for every southern politician

One of the topics that will not be an issue in the south’s general election is clear: there will be no mention of the north. Well no, let me back away from that a bit. You can mention the north but only in the context of its relationship to the EU.  You can talk  about […]

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WILL THE IRISH TIMES EVER GROW UP? by Donal Kennedy

In October 2015 Ronan McGreevy had an article in THE IRISH TIMES describing the shooting of Edith Cavell and the sinking of the Lusitania as atrocities committed by Germany in 1915 breaking the Geneva Convention requirements for legitimate acts of war. In that McGreevy was accepting and confirming nonsense spread by the British at the […]

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THE 1918 AND OTHER ELECTIONS by Donal Kennedy

At the dissolution of Parliament in 1918 Irish Nationalists held 73 seats and Sinn Fein held 6. Following the 1918 Election the Nationalists retained 6 seats (some of them by arrangement with Sinn Fein. Sinn Feiners the winners in 73 seats abstained from Westminster, about half of them by choice, the other half of them […]

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An election: so how are the democratic foundations?

If you’re checking out a house, it’s probably a good idea to start with the foundations. If they’re not sound, no matter how elegant the sitting room and how hi-tech the kitchen and how well-tended the garden, you’ve got a problem. Which is why, as the people in the south start on their much-anticipated election, […]

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