Author Jude Collins

The DUP is back! – by Jude Collins

Is Jeffrey Donaldson a man on the rise? Is the DUP a party getting ready to surge? You’d be forgiven for thinking the answer to both questions is Yes if you read today’s article by the Irish Times’s house-trained unionist, Newton Emerson. “Jeffrey Donaldson’s party has recovered at the polls” is his breathless first sentence. […]

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The cad who built a house of cads – by Mik Ferran

Johnson’s behaviour as a husband, as a journalist, as a lover, as a politician – in life ! – is stamped throughout by betrayal and dishonour. Examples abound. The blatant improbity in trying to get the despicable Paterson off the hook by abolishing the hook was the last straw. Any tolerance he still had is […]

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Remembering A Past – by Ciaran Quinn

This powerful piece is from Danny Morrison’s website Nov 17, 2021  In this personal piece Ciarán Quinn, Sinn Féin Representative for North America, responding to reports of British Government plans to produce an ‘official’ history of the conflict, explains the importance of remembering all that happened in the past and that no ‘one truth out-trumps another’. ‘why some people be mad at […]

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SOME BLASTS FROM THE PAST – HOW JUSTICE WAS DONE IN THE EIGHTEENTH AND TWENTIETH CENTURIES – by Donal Kennedy

IN MARCH 1985 THE IRISH DEMOCRAT CARRIED A  CONTRIBUTION OF MINE from which I have gathered a few crumbs- March 1799 CLONMEL, Co. Tipperary    A teacher of French, named Wright , was awarded £500 against Thomas Judkin Fitzgerald, High Sheriff of Tipperary. Fitzgerald had had Wright flogged, without trial, and his defence was that the […]

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Six afterthoughts on that Mary McAleese progamme

 Following Joe McVeigh’s blog yesterday, I’m reluctant to add this one, since Joe has covered most of the main points. But we all experience things from our own unique point of view, so here are six things that struck me during Mary McAleese’s documentary on RTÉ. Calling on integrated education to save us all from […]

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First thoughts on the McAleese Documentary: Another superficial programme about the North – by Joe McVeigh

The Mary McAleese documentary on RTE ‘ With God on our Side’ was yet another superficial programme about the northern conflict. The programme interviewed a number of people but few had anything useful or new to say –apart from Rev Harold Good, Séanna Walsh and Gerry Adams. Their contributions were thoughtful and valuable. The only […]

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LEARNED & GALLANT GENTLEMEN? by Donal Kennedy

Nine years ago I had an article “GALLLIPOLI, TWO GERMAN OFFICERS AND THE FOG OF MILITARY HISTORY”  published in THE IRISH POLITICAL REVIEW. It refuted an  untruth  published in THE IRISH TIMES written by  a leading member of the Military History Society of Ireland. Five years ago, following the reappearance of the same untruth in that “newspaper of […]

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THE IRISH TIMES AND THE REBURIAL OF KEVIN BARRY by Manus O’RIORDAN from THE IRISH POLITICAL REVIEW DECEMBER 2016

The late great-hearted  Manus O’Riordan had many things in common with Fintan O’Toole, the main target of the article.  Both their fathers were CIE Bus Conductors. They were both raised in Dublin, south of the Liffey.  Both went to Christian Brothers schools, both took degrees from UCD.  Both became familiar with the United States .Manus took a […]

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