Another day, another agreement denied

You probably know who Michael O’Loughlin is. I’ve never heard of him, or not until I read an article by him in today’s Irish Times  titled ‘We need to stop talking about a united Ireland’. Like God, Michael’s mind moves in mysterious ways. It appears Michael visited Belfast in recent days, and was impressed by […]

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KEIR STARMER’S ADDRESS TO THE (BRITISH) LABOUR FRIENDS OF ISRAEL -EXCERPTS. – by Donal Kennedy

STARMER’S   ADDRESS – EXCERPTS – “From our earliest days – even before the Balfour Declaration – we backed the establishment of a Jewish homeland in Palestine.Labour leaders – from Harold Wilson to Tony Blair and Gordon Brown – recognised Israel’s importance to the community here at home, celebrated its achievements and stood by it in […]

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GALLIPOLI, Lt. Gen.Liman Von Sanders and the Dublin Fusiliers… by Donal Kennedy

                        Can any of you reading this, quote the General’s  tribute to the men of the Dublin Fusiliers who fought against him in Gallipoli during the Great War.? I can remember reading it in a school textbook which circulated in Irish schools from the 1930s for decades. To confirm that my memory wasn’t playing tricks […]

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THE IRISH TIMES, THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD AND THE CARNEGIE CORPORATION OF NEW YORK – by Donal Kennedy

THE IRISH TIMES this morning  (November 19)  says that the vice-Chancellor of Oxford  University, the Waterford-born Professor Louise Richardson, “an outstanding public intellectual and an academic of great distinction” is to become President of the Carnegie Corporation of New York. In 1993 DR EDWARD W. SAID “explored what it means to be an intellectual today. It was, […]

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TV Review: Remembrance Sunday

This TV review was first published in The Andersonstown News David Dimbleby was the behind-the-scenes voice at REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY (BBC ONE)  this year, with the camera occasionally cutting away from lines of marching men to Sophie Raworth, who would briefly interview some of the veteran soldiers or sailors or RAF chaps.  I’ll say this for the B(ritish)BC : they know how to put on […]

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The British government has announced that they will be asking professional historians to write an ‘official’ account of the Troubles. Good idea? Bertie Ahern has excited the wrath of a number of unionist politicians by referring to the fact that ‘in the ghettoes’ of unionism, they haven’t a clue about the protocol. What about you […]

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ALL THE NEWS THAT’S FIT TO BE SUPPRESSED! – by Donal Kennedy

2 of 71,680 THE ABUSE OF UNMARRIED MOTHERS AND THEIR CHILDREN IS UNFORGIVEABLE.   NO LESS UNFORGIVEABLE IS THE PRETENSE THAT IT HAPPENED ONLY IN CATHOLIC INSTITUTIONS PROTESTANT INSTITUTIONS, INCLUDING ONE INTIMATELY CONNECTED WITH THE IRISH TIMES WERE EQUALLY GUILTY   THIS IS ONE OF THE TRUTHS YOU WILL NOT SEE HEADLINED IN THE IRISH TIMES , […]

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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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