Waiting for truth and justice, south and north

On the website RTÉ News Now, there’s an article headed ‘The long road to truth and justice’. In it, Fergal Bowers details the cases of some who have been caught up in the south’s cervical smear scandal, where people have died because of inaccurate diagnoses. Bowers  denounces the delay in making public the findings of the […]

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NICK CARTER! by Donal Kennedy

  In a society ruled by law, as distinct from rule by men, General Sir Nick Carter would be risking not only his job as head of the British army but prosecution in a civilian court,   for his recent remarks regarding soldiers being held to account for criminal behaviour. Persons who commit crimes are entitled […]

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Beating up the backstop

Do they do it deliberately or are we just stupid? I’m referring to the way politicians find a term or expression and beat it mercilessly until the public can barely recognize it, let alone know what it means. A good example is the term ‘backstop’. This literally means a screen or fence that’s used in […]

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The new general knight

I watched the movie ‘The Death of Stalin’, which I’d recommend as funny and horrible at the same time. After Stalin’s death, there was much jockeying for position; but it was General Georgy Zhukov who cut through the arguments, had a few key people shot, and cleared a road for Krushchev to take power. This […]

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It’s true because we say so

        There were a number of interesting items in this morning’s Irish Times. ‘No evidence of a land bubble in Ireland, says Varadkar’ is one headline. In the report, an Taoiseach says that although land isn’t being made available for development quickly enough in the south, he doesn’t believe there’s a land […]

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SERVING DOG AND GAMMON by Donal Kennedy

I am, I flatter myself to think myself, a gentle man. Not a gentleman  in the snob’s definition, one who uses a butter knife when dining alone, but one who doesn’t bash old ladies or grope young ones, nor frighten children nor kick dogs. In fact,  some dogs and people find me agreeable. I find the horror […]

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Mary McAleese and Jeremy Corbyn: two political sinners?

Do you remember the time back in 2005 when Mary McAleese became the target of ferocious criticism because she compared the Nazis’ hatred of Jew to prejudice against Catholics in our NEN? It was so ferocious, she quickly apologied publicly. “The words I used were clumsy. The last thing I would want to do is […]

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MURDERING SWINE by Donal Kennedy

    THE TIMES (of London) never ceases to amaze me.  Its lead story (30 July) is headed “Farm animals tortured under Red Tractor label” and, no it’s not a reprint from The Cold War, nor even about Putin’s Russia, but a horror story from Bedfordshire, where “piglets” as the locals term  banbhai/bonnavs , are regularly goaded […]

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