The Carnival of Reaction in Dáil Éireann by Donal Lavery

Frank Sinatra was once a staunch Liberal Democrat who fundraised and backed the Democratic Party to the hilt. That is, until he was shunned by the Kennedy White House at the direction of the President’s brother (the best President America never had) and closest adviser, due to Sinatra’s ties to shady organised crime. “Old Blue […]

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STEPPING OUT OF THE SHADOWS? by Donal Kennedy

When as a fifteen-year-old I swore allegiance to Ireland as a part-time member of the Defence Forces, I agreed not to be a member of any secret organisation. When the Royal Irish Constabulary strutted their stuff they were forbidden membership of secret societies with the notable exception of the Society of Free Masons. This was […]

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Micheál, Leo, Drew – and Ivan too

 OK, let’s tiptoe past whether Garda Commissioner Drew Harris’s remarks about the IRA and Sinn Féin were political interference by a public servant. Let’s even tiptoe past Harris’s huge salary. Let’s look at what he said. At a Garda passing-out ceremony in Tipperary recently, Harris said “I am aware of the PSNI and British security […]

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How much do I detest thee?Let me count the ways

Much has been made (and is being made) of the ways in which Sinn Féin is not a ‘normal’ political party. Top of the list is the Troubles.  Republicans were involved in that conflict, chiefly in the form of the IRA. Micheál Martin is on record as saying that Sinn Féin have not shown ‘contrition’ […]

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Oh give me a home: the scandal of North Belfast

If you’re not aware that housing is a big problem in Dublin,  you maybe should check if you still have a head on your shoulders. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration that Sinn Fin’s promise to build 100,000 homes over the next five years played a significant part in their stunning election performance. But we don’t […]

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Briefing the Helsinki Commission by Fr Sean McManus

                                  Fr. Sean McManus, Paul Massaro (Helsinki Commission), and Raymond McCord CAPITOL HILL. Monday, February 17, 2020— On Wednesday, February 12 the McCord-Fr. McManus justice-mission was brought to the U.S. Helsinki Commission (Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe), which is […]

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Whatever you say…

I am wary of adding information to a controversial case as it might upset someone. I speak from experience. When the shocking death of Patsy Gillespie was under discussion, I noted that his death at the hands of the IRA was probably linked to the fact that he was working in a British army base, […]

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