THE IRISH TIMES, THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD AND THE CARNEGIE CORPORATION OF NEW YORK – by Donal Kennedy

THE IRISH TIMES this morning  (November 19)  says that the vice-Chancellor of Oxford  University, the Waterford-born Professor Louise Richardson, “an outstanding public intellectual and an academic of great distinction” is to become President of the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

In 1993 DR EDWARD W. SAID “explored what it means to be an intellectual today. It was, he argued, the intellectual’s role to represent a message or view not only to BUT also for a public and to do so as an outsider, someone who cannot be co-opted by a government

Heaven forfend that Professor Richardson, from the birth place of the illustrious Father Luke Wadding and the gallant Thomas Francis Meagher should fall below their standards.


I see that her field of expertise is “Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism.”
And I imagine she knows which terrorists burned down the Carnegie Library, and blew up the City Hall , seat of the Corporation of Cork, in December 1920.


Such attacks on learning and democratic institutions have the hallmarks of regimes which in the following 101 years deserve condemnation, and retribution by all men and women of good will.

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