Margaret Thatcher outburst: ‘Where are the Irish living? They are going back to the Black and Tans… or is it 400 years ago?’

Posted By: December 30, 2017

Day Margaret Thatcher read the riot act to Charlie Haughey as extradition row poisoned relations between London and Dublin weeks after Enniskillen Poppy Day bombing.  Ralph Riegel. Belfast Telegraph.Friday, December 29, 2017 Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher subjected Taoiseach Charles Haughey to a furious tirade where she said she was “upset” and “very angry” over Irish moves on extradition.Secret files from 1987 revealed Mrs. […]

If you thought this year was bad, wait until you see 2018

Posted By: December 30, 2017

Patrick Murphy. Irish News. Belfast.  Saturday, December 30, 2017  While other newspapers provide a review of events during the past year, this column brings you the news headlines for 2018.JanuaryMarching season begins.Breakthrough in Stormont talks. Parties finally agree on something – that MLAs should be paid for doing nothing. Widespread street celebrations for Doing Nothing Agreement.Sinn Fein  denies it was […]

GFA would not have been possible without EU says, ex-Senator Mitchell

Posted By: December 30, 2017

Irish News. Belfast. Saturday, December 30, 2017George Mitchell said the Good Friday Agreement would not have been possible without the EU. The chair of the negotiations that led to the Good Friday Agreement has said the accord would not have been possible without the European Union.Former US Senator George Mitchell said the UK’s vote to leave the EU was […]

North gliding towards direct rule in new year

Posted By: December 30, 2017

Amid speculation of a fresh round of negotiations aimed at restoring devolution, political correspondent John Manley asks if Republicans have any appetite for a return to StormontJohn Manley. Irish News. Belfast. Saturday, December 39, 2017 In the latter half of the decade that saw the longest uninterrupted period of devolution since 1972, talking and solving problems around the table was the done […]

Vatican lobbied to issue papal statement denouncing IRA violence

Posted By: December 29, 2017

“ ‘Cardinal Cahal Daly was praised by British officials in a memo as consistently humane, enlightened and compassionate.’  Well, they would, wouldn’t they? Of course, the British Government would praise Cardinal ‘ Gombeen’ Daly—he was their man. The Brits also lobbied the Vatican to excommunicate the Fenians in 1870.  In a disgraceful example of the abuse of […]

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