THE PATH OF MARTIN MCGUINNESS by Michael Cummings

  British Prime Minister Theresa May noted the passing of former Irish Republican Army Commander and N. I. political leader Martin McGuinness by claiming “I can never condone the path he took in an earlier part of his life…”  McGuinness grew up in a bastion of bigotry with laws the envy of South African apartheid […]

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‘Two British Propagandists -Rifkind & Edwards’ by Joe McVeigh

    On the BBC, on the evening of Martin McGuinness funeral in Derry, a man on the Question Time panel called Hugo Rifkind who writes for The Times of London was defending the British Empire and condemning Martin McGuinness. He stated: “Martin McGuinness brought war to Northern Ireland.” Such a blatantly untrue statement and yet this man was applauded by many […]

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Why has the PUP not prospered? And will it ever?

Here’s an intriguing question: why have unionist/loyalist paramilitaries failed to develop into a powerful political force as republican paramilitaries have done in the form of Sinn Féin? Difficult to say. Maybe it was because loyalist paramilitaries existed as a counter-force to the IRA. Or because they hated fenians. Or because they were left bewildered when the […]

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Is there a shift in southern thinking about the north?

View story at Medium.com There’s a strange sense of  vacuum this morning. The poignancy of Martin McGuinness’s funeral is over, I’ve had time to recover from my trip to Derry (No, Virginia, I didn’t trip), and now, with the fat sun (copyright paddykool) melting the morning frost, I’m thinking, oddly enough, of Maggie Thatcher. You’ll […]

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IGNORANCE PETRIFIED by Donal Kennedy

“Boy, if you were petrified, you’d be a standing monument to ignorance”  was a cruel, if well-earned,remark made by an otherwise gentle Christian Brother to one of his pupils. The boy couldn’t help it. It was bred in the bone. One of his classmates, standing near him watching a football game, remarked on the foul-mouthed […]

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Saturday pics of the week

Pics 1 and 2 are by John Patton (phototilly.eu)   Pic 1  Pic 2 “Given the week that has been in it, I offer these two portraits of Martin. Pic 1. was taken as he opened Fleadh Cheoil na h-Eireann in Derry in August 2013, an incomparable time of joyful , cultural celebration across the […]

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