March, 2020

Herd immunity and talking nice

Sometimes people’s priorities take my breath away. Also sometimes their stupidity, and although they may be two distinct groups of people, I think we have to allow for some overlap . Take last night. I was browsing the twitter-world, mulling over a new phrase that I’d learnt: herd immunity. On the face of it, that […]

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Border polls and asking a dumb question

Opinion polls are supposed to reflect the views of those questioned, which  they generally do. Of course people could and I’m sure on occasion do misrepresent/lie about their views and preferences, but by and large we accept that polls are a truth response to what is asked. Take for example  an opinion poll about Irish […]

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IRISH CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFING by Fr Sean McManus

Distributed to Congress by Irish National Caucus “ An article from BBC NI and Irish News on the findings of the  RHI inquiry.” —Fr. Sean McManus RHI ‘should never have been adopted’ Corrupt or malicious activity was not the cause of what went wrong with Northern Ireland’s failed energy scheme. BBC NI. Belfast. Friday, March […]

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The buck stops, um, let me see now…

What does “The buck stops here” mean? Short answer: the person at the top pays the price. If you’re in charge of an organization and something goes seriously wrong in that organization, here’s your hat and mind the door. If a Premier League team looks headed for relegation, it’s the manager/coach who is given a […]

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The luck of Arlene Foster

It may at first glance seem unlikely, but Arlene Foster is a very lucky woman. Sir Patrick Coghlin’s report on the cash-for-ash scheme is to be published this afternoon and it will contain some damning facts. According to Sam McBride’s book Burned “Some senior figures thought it was legitimate to milk the treasury teat even […]

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O brave new post-virus world

With Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil showing clear signs that they’re on their way to becoming one party, and with Sinn Féin’s popularity ratings apparently knowing no bounds, not to mention the small matter of a border poll, the political map here in ten years’ time will probably be near to unrecognizable. But there are […]

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THE STRANGE DEATH OF NEW LABOUR by Donal Kennedy

Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive. For a 55 year old man it was very Heaven to witness the Labour victory of May 1997, burying, as I thought the Thatcherite years, the meanest-spirited era of modern British history, and ushering in, to power, a party chock-full of able and well intentioned men. […]

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Fianna Fáil/Fine Gael: it’s a miracle!

Are Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael using the coronavirus as cover for getting into bed together again? You betcha.  Fianna Fáil’s Michael McGrath is on record as saying that people “wouldn’t forgive” their politicians if they didn’t form a government, what with the seriousness of the coronavirus pandemic.  Given that Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil […]

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Dermot Desmond and Sinn Féin

A hefty number of eyebrows were raised when it was heard that Irish billionaire Dermot Desmond had spoken to Sinn Féin’s housing spokesman Eoin Ó Broin and that further talks were in the offing. Wasn’t this a case of supping with the devil? Desmond, a man of enormous wealth  – he was recently rated as […]

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Amhrán na bhFiann makes Andy Pollak uncomfortable

OK, relax, I’m not going to talk about the coronavirus. Happy? Instead I’m going to talk about ditching  Amhrán na bhFiann and replacing it with ‘Ireland’s Call’. While you retrieve your blood pressure from the ceiling,  I should tell you I do this because Andy Pollak writes about it in today’s Irish Times.  As a […]

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