Good to see you. Come in, come in.

Cead mile fáilte.  Ireland of the welcomes. If you’re Irish, come into the parlour. It’s really good to be part of a warm-hearted people, isn’t it? But hold. What’s this I see in the papers this morning? On the border between Leitrim and Roscommon, there’s a hotel called the Shannon Key West Hotel. Actually they’d […]

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QUIS CUSTODIET IPSOS CUSTODES? by Donal Kennedy

‘Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?’ So asked the Roman poet Juvenal, which can be rendered “Who will guard the guardians themselves?” My  BLOG “Thundering Liars”  starred “THE TIMES” of London and the BLOG “Thundering Liars – Part 2 starred Titus Oates, both monstrous delinquents. I would not put the  The Guardian or the old Manchester Guardian […]

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Should women – or men – be barred from an organisation?

In recent days, there’s been something of a kerfuffle in the Letters page of The Irish Times, about the notion of male-only organisations. The group under the gun at the moment is an Irish-American one called the Society of the Friendly Sons of St Patrick (SFSSP), with its name clearly indicating it’s for men only.  […]

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Nigel examines the backstop and announces it’s a trap

The real leader of the DUP, Nigel Dodds, was yesterday  busy explaining his party’s stance as the Brexit thunderclouds rolled ever nearer. As he tells it, a hard Brexit will be all the fault of the EU. The DUP, which voted Leave in the EU referendum, is all for Brexit but simply cannot have Theresa […]

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MANDATES by Donal Kennedy

Before starting this blog I reached for the nearest dictionary to my armchair, one of the many scattered about the house, which I consult for crosswords or for spelling .It was a Pocket Oxford Dictionary and   though the introductory pages showing its date of publication were long gone I inferred that it predated my own […]

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The troubling death of Roseanne Mallon

One of the most depressing things about this GTC of Ireland is the selectivity of outrage. Sometimes the outrage is evoked because an organization has been criticized (“How dare you say the Orange Order is anti-Catholic!”), sometimes when an individual is made fun of (“How dare you talk that way about Ruth Dudley Edwards!”) and […]

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LAPTOP BITES BULLDOG (23) by Perkin Warbeck

                                                                                      by                                              Yesterday, The Twelfth Day of  Christmas, all our troubles seemed so far away, a bhuachaillí. But still, even the infamous Grouse heself  is entitled to one last crib. By coincidence last night was also Twelfth Night, the last night of the Festive Season. While the former translates as The Twalfth Day […]

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Wise Nigel explains Brexit

Another Monday morning, another picking through the entrails of Brexit. If you say the word often enough – Brexit Brexit Brexit Brexit – it begins to sound like a clanking machine part you don’t understand. Which makes sense. Bright-eyed and smiling as ever, Nigel Dodds spoke on BBC Raidio Uladh/Radio Ulster just now. Noel Thompson […]

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