Author Jude Collins

LAW, DISORDER, SECRETS AND LIES – by Donal Kennedy

One Friday afternoon in 1911 an almost empty House of Commons passed the Official Secrets Act  with less than an hour’s debate. In 1848 in similar haste the Treason Felony Act was enacted. Both Acts are still in force. How much in force is itself an Official Secret. On the face of it a person […]

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THE CHRISTIAN BROTHERS , THE CRUISER, A POSER AND SWEET FANNY ADAMS by Donal Kennedy From September 1948 to June 1957 I went to St Fintan’s CBS, then on the Burrow Rd, Sutton, Co Dublin. I was first in the Primary,and then in Secondary when I did  my Inter Cert. As I lived near Howth Summit I […]

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Three letters from this morning’s Irish Times

There are three letters of note in the Irish Times  this morning which, taken together, go to the heart of the border poll issue. In the first, Letter Writer 1 from Dublin 5 declares “If a nationalist solution is imposed by whatever means, other than the inclusion of a willing majority of unionists, the result […]

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SCHOOLS OF VIOLENCE – BROTHERS AND ARMS – by Donal Kennedy

To read some commentators, the Irish Christian Brothers were distinguished mainly for  violence and the approval of its use for Republican ends. My father and his brother, my mother’s four brothers, my own two brothers and myself were Christian Brothers’ Boys, so I think I know something about the Order.  I have before me a photo of my […]

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A victim of state violence – by Joe McVeigh

The murder of my cousin Michael Leonard by the RUC on 17th May 1973 affected us all as a family and it greatly influenced my thinking about the conflict in Ireland and the role of the British state in the murder and intimidation of Irish citizens.  Not only was I deeply affected by my cousin’s killing but I […]

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How to become a lord

This blog originally appeared as a column in the Andersonstown News I wonder how Michael Fawcett is feeling these days. He used to be chief executive of one of Prince Charles’s charities,  but whether he was pushed or jumped, he is no longer so. That’s because there were accusations that he’d helped secure a knighthood for a Saudi billionaire. My guess is that Mr Fawcett […]

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How can you tell for certain“? – by a Man in the Street

 HOW CAN YOU TELL FOR CERTAIN?  to the tune of “I am the very model of a modern Major-General)How can you tell for certain who’s a public intellectual Unless they cheat in politics and partnerships And matters inter-sexual Are bums with Academic ChairsAs well as Editorial Who operate a censorship That’s crudely Dictatorial?*Inspired by lines by W.H. […]

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