What St Patrick means to me

Posted By: March 16, 2017

Dr. Eamon Martin, the Catholic Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of all Ireland Irish News. Belfast. Thursday, March 16, 2017 THIS year on St Patrick’s Day, perhaps prompted by the situation of thousands of displaced people around the world, I will think about Patrick the captive, the slave in exile, Patrick, the undocumented migrant.St Patrick’s experience of captivity as a teenager […]

May’s man is out of his depth over here

Posted By: March 15, 2017

“The proconsul [Secretary of State for Northern Ireland]seems to consider Sinn Féin as somehow illegitimate, uppity, having no right to make demands on behalf of their electorate. At no time has he indicated either in his language or behavior that he regards Sinn Féin as a party with equality of status or parity of esteem.” Brian Feeney.Irish News. Belfast. Wednesday, March 15, […]

The North must become an independent EU state

Posted By: March 15, 2017

Irish reunification will not solve Northern Ireland’s problems in the aftermath of BrexitColm Tóibín. Irish Times. Dublin. Wednesday, March 15, 2017One of the options for Northern Ireland in the wake of Brexit is to accept its fate, and become a region on the very margins of a margin.It would lose its easy access to the EU markets. Brexit would also […]

Discussing Irish reunification – A 32-county state is a very long way off

Posted By: March 15, 2017

Irish Examiner editorial. Cork. Tuesday, March 14, 2017 THE stars have aligned to facilitate a new round of discussion around the possibility of Irish reunification; the possibility that, at last, the four green fields might be as one.The legitimacy of that aspiration is matched by its capacity to frighten the horses, to harden attitudes and deepen division rather than bridge it. Nevertheless, the […]

It suits the south to talk of reunification

Posted By: March 14, 2017

Fionnuala O Connor. Irish News. Belfast. Tuesday, March 14, 2017 Well, now. Whooping and cheering happened behind doors here and there but cavalcades did not fill the streets.Nationalists, it has been generally agreed, should shun triumphalism and be sensitive to Unionists, struggling to adjust to losing their Stormont majority after almost a century. And, yet,  up the road from Dublin, instead […]

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