Author Jude Collins

PAT CULLEN: KER-POW! (Number three)

    This is developing into a pattern. There we are,  walking along hands in pockets, whistling, thinking of next-to-nothing, when KER-POW! – out of nowhere comes a political event that leaves us winded, even stunned. The Irish public has experienced three of these KER-POWs in recent weeks. First there was Leo Varadkar. People are […]

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‘Useless’ degrees and ignorant dogmatists

Rishi Sunak has a BA from Oxford and an MBA from Stanford, but don’t let that fool you. He has no understanding of what education is for or he does a damn good job of pretending not to understand.  I’m not referring to his  ‘military service’ for 18-year-olds. That’s more a sign of insanity than […]

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Reconciliation by Joe McVeigh

  Laurence McKeown is a well-known writer, playwright  and a former Republican prisoner, who spent 70 days on Hunger-strike in 1981.  Laurence McKeown is a thinker and what he has to say is worth listening to and thinking about. He has thought and written about the history of the conflict and related issues especially the […]

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WHY JESUS WEPT? – by Donal Kennedy

    In September 1960 the United Nations’ General Assembly President, Ireland’s Frederick Boland, broke his gavel trying to impose order following an angry tirade by the Soviet Union’s Nikita Khrushev who had brandished a shoe while banging his (Khruschev’s) desk.   The Soviet leader’s behaviour was considered “Infra Dig” at the time but it was that […]

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PAT+JUDE TALK ABOUT MAN CITY, HEATON-HARRIS, AND THE RISE OF THE FAR RIGHT IN THE SOUTH OF IRELAND

Manchester City won the Premier League yesterday. Has success become something possible only for vastly wealthy clubs? Do you long for the days of cloth-caps and 3.00 pm every Saturday? The British secretary of state, Chris Heaton-Harris, is not going to stand for re-election. Will you miss him? How much? And has the anti-immigrant far-right […]

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‘Stay Resilient’ by Joe McVeigh

In an article in the Irish Times on 15th May 2024 the Palestinian ambassador to Ireland, Jilan Wahba Abdalmajid wrote: “Since October 7th 2023, Israel launched a vicious aggression against our people in Gaza, with 35,000 killed and tens of thousands maimed or missing under the rubble, the vast majority being women and children.” “Over […]

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