Author Jude Collins

‘Archbishop Dolan will bless Trump inaugural’ by John Patton

(John Patton blogs at phototilly.eu) It seems that few celebrities wish to be associated on Friday with Donald J at his inauguration.  Garth Brooks, Aretha Franklin and Andrea Bocelli have already publicly declined, despite the offer of Ambassadorships; ‘B’ listers are scurrying to cover behind the ornate gowns of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir; the admirable […]

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‘Arlene Foster: Sinn Fein’s electoral weapon or DUP’s weapon of electoral destruction?’ by Ciaran Mac

One of the most overused cliches is Harold Wilson’s utterance, “A week is a long time in politics.” Although overused, it’s a completely accurate and true reflection of political life that can be attributed very much, in particular, to the politics of Northern Ireland. But for First Minister and DUP Leader, Arlene Foster, never mind […]

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Regina Doherty: the Snow Queen Melts?

No Sunday morning is ever complete without an extended browse through the (electronic) pages of my second-favourite Irish news organ, The Sindo. I always find something that encourages me to think further on a given topic; often (but not always) the pen of Eilis O’Hanlon or (more recently) Mairia Cahill will gently lead me towards […]

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Saturday pics of the week

Pics 1-3 are by John Patton  (who blogs at phototilly.eue) Pic 1 Pic 2                                                                        Pic 3 “Three separate characters from […]

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‘Having Cake and Eating It’ by Jessica McGrann

  Stormont is a unionist citadel, packed to the rafters with unionist symbols and steeped in a history rife with discrimination, sectarian bigotry and blatant majority misrule. In hindsight, that nationalists would even consider doing power sharing with the same unionist parties who abused majority rule so ignominiously in the past, must have been seen […]

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‘RHI brought down the Assembly, so how will Sinn Féin play it in the election?’ by Patricia MacBride

Martin McGuinness in his resignation letter on Monday laid the blame for the collapse of the Stormont institutions squarely on the shoulders of the First Minister, saying “the refusal of Arlene Foster to recognise the public anger or to exhibit any humility in the context of the RHI scandal is indicative of a deep-seated arrogance […]

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