THE COCKEYED WORLD-VIEW OF THE IRISH TIMES by Donal Kennedy

If you believe THE IRISH TIMES some 168,000 children were shut away in heartless institutions over 30 years in the part of Ireland vacated by the Brits. (The unwriiten assumption is that that under the Brits,things were better there for children pre 1922. And better in Ireland’s neighbouring island ever since.) In fact the IRISH  […]

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A good day for forming a government?

Winston Churchill said “Never let a good crisis go to waste”. Jo Moore, a Labour  party aide, sent an email around the time of 9/11, reminding colleagues that this would be “a good day to bury bad news.”   Is something similar – or more fundamental – happening in the south of Ireland right now? In […]

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Five things to look out for in a post-virus world

Ask anyone who works in London about their job and they’ll almost certainly include the length of their daily commute. The pandemic we’re currently enduring has upped the number of people ‘working from home’ – in the vast majority of cases using internet technology. When all this is over, will businesses and companies do a […]

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Thinking of Niall, ár gcara by Joe McVeigh

One of our well known hymns is ‘Be Not Afraid, I go before you always…” We could all sing that song now whether we are believers or not. We all need strength and courage during this awful pandemic. Whether you believe in Jesus Christ or not, his story is a story of courage and endurance. […]

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A conversation with Pat McArt

Early technical difficulties now solved – click on video below This is something I’d like to make a weekly feature. Pat McArt was  (among other things) editor of the Derry Journal during the 1980s, and was an interviewee in my last two books – Laying It On The Line  and               before that Martin McGuinness :The Man I Knew.  I’d appreciate any      constructive feedback by email – judejcollins@gmail.com – or on               Facebook.  Bain sult as – Enjoy. 

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FIFTY YEARS ON -THE INDO EXONERATES HAUGHEY? by Donal Kennedy

F In 1970 Charles Haughey and Neil Blaney were put on trial charged with trying to smuggle arms into Ireland. The first trial collapsed in a week. The Jury in the re-trial acquitted them. Nobody reading the testimony of the chief Prosecution witness, Defence Minister James Gibbons,can have been surprised that the jury acquitted Haughey, […]

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