European leaders weigh in on Irish language act

Posted By: March 09, 2017

News Letter. Belfast. Thursday, March 9, 2017Two Irish language act supporters (dressed as crocodiles; a reference to Arlene Foster likening Sinn Fein to one of the creatures).An influential collection of European nations has said it regrets the lack of progress on an Irish Language Act.The Council of Europe (separate from the EU) urged the UK Government to help create […]

Arlene Foster: Why I regret crocodile remark

Posted By: March 09, 2017

Rodney Edwards. Impartial Reporter.Enniskillen.Thursday, March 9, 2017DEMOCRATIC Unionist leader Arlene Foster has said she regrets describing republicans as “crocodiles” ahead of last week’s snap election because it “allowed Sinn Fein to demonize me.”The embattled former first minister retained her Stormont seat but lost running mate Lord Maurice Morrow in what she has described as a “bruising election.”In an exclusive interview with […]

Disputed Irish loughs present Brexit conundrum for fishermen

Posted By: March 09, 2017

  Clodagh Kilkoyne Reuters Tuesday, March 7, 2017WARRENPOINT, Northern Ireland (Reuters) – Mussel fisherman Brian MacDonald shares many of the concerns about Britain’s divorce from the European Union that are felt by tens of thousands of people who earn a living along the border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic.However, the native of the Northern Irish harbor town of Warrenpoint has an additional […]

Times columnist criticized over “garbled” claims on unionists

Posted By: March 09, 2017

Melanie Phillips said unionists are not British and described Northern Ireland as “the bit that got tacked on.”News Letter. Belfast. Wednesday, March 8, 2017A columnist who described unionists in Northern Ireland as “not British” and the country itself as “the bit that got tacked on”, has come in for criticism.Melanie Phillips’ article in The Times has caused widespread controversy and […]

“To say Britishness is authentic while denying Irishness is quaffing one’s own Kool-Aid too deeply”

Posted By: March 09, 2017

Melanie Phillips tried to use history to delegitimise the nationalist aspirations of Sinn Féin and the Scottish Nationalist Party, writes Caoimhin De Barra. Caoimhin De Barra. the  Dublin. Thursday, March 9, 2017 Caoimhín De Barra is Assistant Professor of Irish History and Culture at Drew University, New JerseyMELANIE PHILLIPS’ RECENT article on British identity angered a lot of people in Ireland, […]

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