Violence and after

The bomb that went off near the MI5 headquarters in Holywood last night didn’t do much damage but it does bring into focus a number of issues. One seized on greedily this morning by Alban Magennis of the SDLP is the comparison between the dissident republicans, who it’s presumed planted the bomb, and the IRA […]

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Violence and after

The bomb that went off near the MI5 headquarters in Holywood last night didn’t do much damage but it does bring into focus a number of issues. One seized on greedily this morning by Alban Magennis of the SDLP is the comparison between the dissident republicans, who it’s presumed planted the bomb, and the IRA […]

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They are the greatest?

What was it Churchill said about democracy – the worst imaginable system of government apart from all the others. Or words to that effect. A quick check of a number of Irish politicians, north and south, makes you wonder if Churchill wasn’t being too complimentary. And a look at the Ten Greatest Irish People list […]

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They are the greatest?

What was it Churchill said about democracy – the worst imaginable system of government apart from all the others. Or words to that effect. A quick check of a number of Irish politicians, north and south, makes you wonder if Churchill wasn’t being too complimentary. And a look at the Ten Greatest Irish People list […]

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Defumigating Fermanagh

I’ve been away for a few days and it’s reassuring and dismaying in equal measure to come back and hear the flat northern vowels being exchanged once again. But I never know I’m really back until I hear a politician saying something truly funny. Tom Elliott was in good form this morning, reassuring anyone who’d […]

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Defumigating Fermanagh

I’ve been away for a few days and it’s reassuring and dismaying in equal measure to come back and hear the flat northern vowels being exchanged once again. But I never know I’m really back until I hear a politician saying something truly funny. Tom Elliott was in good form this morning, reassuring anyone who’d […]

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A friendly word in my shell-like

I’ve been neglecting my blog – and everything else – over the last few days because I’ve been editing a series of interviews about St Columb’s College, Derry, which I’m hoping to have published in September. But I wasn’t so busy I didn’t find time to write a letter to the Irish News. One Dr […]

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A friendly word in my shell-like

I’ve been neglecting my blog – and everything else – over the last few days because I’ve been editing a series of interviews about St Columb’s College, Derry, which I’m hoping to have published in September. But I wasn’t so busy I didn’t find time to write a letter to the Irish News. One Dr […]

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Judges and victims (and a doctor)

I find myself all a-tremble: this morning, after an absence of some ten years, my name appears in The Irish News. Not, alas, as a columnist (they’d sooner pluck out their eyeballs and chew them than allow that) but as someone mentioned in a letter to the editor. One Joseph McBride – who sees the […]

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Judges and victims (and a doctor)

I find myself all a-tremble: this morning, after an absence of some ten years, my name appears in The Irish News. Not, alas, as a columnist (they’d sooner pluck out their eyeballs and chew them than allow that) but as someone mentioned in a letter to the editor. One Joseph McBride – who sees the […]

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