Author Jude Collins

Terence MacSwiney-Bobby Sands: join the dots

Terence MacSwiney was a hugely courageous man. On this day exactly  100 years ago,  he died after 74 days on hunger strike. There was an RTÉ documentary on him last week; today so far I’ve heard two tributes  on RTÉ radio – by John Bowman and by a Sunday Miscellany contributor – to this great […]

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The UK: things fall apart

This blog first appeared as a column in the Andersonstown News. You may not have noticed but Glasgow Rangers beat Glasgow Celtic last weekend. For many people reading this, that pebble of information will produce a little bruise in the heart. Glasgow Rangers supporters, after all, are the ones waving the union jack, cursing the IRA and bawling the Famine song. Are these people unionists? […]

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PAT + JUDE TALK ABOUT THE DAIL BAR, MICHEÁL MARTIN’S SHARED IRELAND AND CRUCIFIXES IN STATE SCHOOLS

Has Micheál Martin found his inner republican? He’s putting up €500  million towards the A5, a bridge at Narrow Water and the development of the Ulster Canal. What is going on? Should the TDs’ bar in the Dail be closed, like other pubs in the south? Or do TDs deserve a drop of the craytur, given how hard they work? Finally, there’s talk of taking away the crucifixes and other symbols of Catholicism from schools in the south. Is this an effort to erase the past, anti-Catholicism or an attempt to have schools reflect the current  population in the south? Have a gleek and see if we’re talking 95% or 100% guff…

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Micheál pushes a border poll to the back of the bus

I’ve searched it from cover to cover, but no mention to be found.  I speak, Virginia, of the Good Friday Agreement, and the one thing I cannot locate is that the unionist population in the north must be in agreement/reconciled/given a veto, before a border poll is called. What you do find is that a […]

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With Boris Johnson, anything goes

 Those who count these things tell us that Donald Trump has told more than 22,000 lies since being made President of the US. Despite that fact, a huge number of people still think he should be re-elected. They even agree with him on his self-assessment: he’s the greatest president the US has ever had. But […]

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WHAT PRINCIPLES GUIDE US NOW? by Donal Kennedy

Eighty-three years ago Irish voters free to do so enacted a  liberal democratic constitution which guaranteed freedom of, and freedom from religion. It recorded the statistical fact that the Roman Catholic Church was the guardian of the faith professed by the great majority of the citizens. The great majority of the minority of citizens NOT […]

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The dangers of staring at Edwin

I glimpsed a headline on TV recently which said something like “Is this Edwin Poots’s crocodile moment?”  The reference, of course, was to Arlene Foster’s disastrous comment going into a general election a few years back, where she said republicans were like crocodiles. It seriously damaged the DUP in that election and gave nationalists and […]

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