LAPDOG BITES BULLDOG (57) by Perkin Warbeck

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERA                                                   There is an old proverb / seanfhocal from the Leprechaun which goes as follows: –Is fearr rith maith ná droch-sheasamh. For the benefit of – lemme see, ah, yis, – Matt ‘The Hoople’ Cooper, SuperDuperstar of the Airwaves in DUPlin’s fair to middling city –  he who thinks those misguided […]

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IRISH CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFING -Ireland in danger by Sean McManus

Distributed to Congress by the Irish National Caucus Irish-born actor and movie star Chris O’Dowd has his own take on Bexit and the “ Backstop”:’It seems oddly fitting to the people of Ireland,’ he says finally, ‘that Brexit is coming down to the “Backstop.” The suggestion that the British government is making – that they won’t f*** us over – is […]

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Two headline women (well, sort of)

Two women in the political headlines in recent weeks – both, as it happens, party leaders in the north. That’s Michelle O’Neill and Arlene Foster. Let’s start with Michelle. She’s in the headlines because John O’Dowd has signaled that he plans to run for Sinn Féin vice-president at the next SF  Ard Fheis. Michelle, you’ll […]

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IRISH CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFING – The UK of Absurdistan

I Distributed to Congress by Irish National Caucus “The Guardian headline bluntly sums it up,  ‘Cornered Johnson suffers triple Commons defeat’ ( The Guardian. London. Thursday, September 4, 2019). And it continued : ‘The prime minister was thwarted three times in the House of Commons: an attempt by opposition parties and Tory rebels to block a […]

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IRISH CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFING by Fr Sean McManus

Distributed to Congress by Irish National Caucus “ Today the British Parliament voted to block a no-deal Brexit, which is very good. It could, of course, cause Boris Johnson to seek a general election. Attached is an article from the Irish Times of Dublin that gives Members of Congress a helpful background to the hubris of […]

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Boris at bay

Well. It’s a bit early to say that Boris Johnson has been hoist by his own petard,  but the House of Commons is not going according to his script. The opposition have managed to box him in so that a no-deal Brexit  will be impossible.  They’ve passed the Bill in the Commons and it’s either […]

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IRISH CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFING by Fr Sean McManus

Distributed to Congress by Irish National Caucus Julian Smith called back from Irish border for Cabinet meeting A planned protest outside one of the venues the Northern Ireland Secretary was due to visit was  called off [because he did not show up]. David Young, PA. Belfast Telegraph.Monday, September 2, 2019 The Northern Ireland Secretary cut short a […]

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The backstop: there is an answer

In all the many articles written about Brexit and the backstop, there has been one missing line of argument. Which is odd, since the words of the prophet are written on the borderline walls, as Paul Simon almost sang. And they tell us what is obvious: there’s no need to dispute over how hard or […]

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Congressional briefing by Fr Sean McManus

I Distributed to Congress by Irish National Caucus “Backstop” provides essential guarantee during Brexit chaos Irish News Editorial. Belfast. Monday, September 2, 2019 All the indications are that we are moving into a defining period during the Brexit crisis, with the motion which the Labour Party is due to publish at Westminster perhaps the last chance of avoiding a no-deal catastrophe. […]

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This week will shape our future

Knowing what’s coming doesn’t necessarily ease the pain. Watching a bomb as it hurtles from ‘way up in the skies into your living-room doesn’t  mean it’s any less shattering when it hits. This week has been a long time coming. Today in Westminster will separate the boys from the men and the girls from the […]

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