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Nelson McCausland has no regrets over refusing to shake hands with Mairtin O Muilleoir

Posted By: February 24, 2017

IRISH CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFING Distributed by Irish National Caucus   “Almost every day, it seems, the DUP is determined to demonstrate its Anti-Catholic credentials. Here is another boorish and ugly example where a DUP leader refuses to shake hands with the respected  Minister of Finance and publisher of the Irish Echo, Mairtin O’Muilleoir. Just imagine a […]

Just ten months after her supreme triumph, Arlene Foster is at voters’ mercy

Posted By: February 24, 2017

 In his contribution to our election supplement, Sam McBride recaps on the dramatic context of this sudden poll. Sam McBride.News Letter. Belfast. Thursday, February 23, 2017Arlene Foster’s ascent to what seemed an unassailable position and then her sudden ejection from office based on an obscure situation from her past has been extraordinary to behold.The front cover of the 12-page 2017 […]

Enda Kenny calls for Brexit deal to include united Ireland provision

Posted By: February 24, 2017

“The Good Friday agreement is like a poem, it speaks for itself’– Jean Claude JunckerDerek Scally in Brussels. Irish News. Belfast. Thursday, February 23, 201 Enda Kenny has insisted Ireland’s Brexit negotiating position will not be undermined by his looming departure as the leader in the coming weeks.And the Taoiseach said any Brexit deal should include language that would allow Northern Ireland to […]

The smoldering scandal that blew up and burned the DUP

Posted By: February 24, 2017

Arlene Foster may soon regret her initial response to the RHI scandal.  Picture by Mal McCannJohn Manley. Thursday, February 23, 2017It’s roughly a year since the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) was closed down amid concern that it was set to burn a huge hole in the Stormont executive’s budget for the next 20 years.We didn’t hear […]

Extraordinary doc on Bobby Sands justifies public broadcasting

Posted By: February 24, 2017

John Doyle. The Globe and Mail.Toronto. Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017 First, public TV broadcasting is a necessary part of the culture both here and in the United States.One of the bedrock reasons why public broadcasters need to exist is to provide an alternative to mainstream commercial entertainment. (Let’s leave CBC TV out of this right now. […]

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