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Chance of prosecutions for Troubles victims has fallen to non-existent

Posted By: November 30, 2017

Allison Morris. Irish News. Belfast. Thursday, November 30, 2017 In February of this year, The Irish News published a front-page article laying out the British government’s plans for a ‘statute of limitations’ on prosecutions of former soldiers who had served in Northern Ireland.You’d have expected a massive political backlash for such a huge story that has implications for so many victims and their […]

Ireland is right not to trust the British on The Border. History shows why

Posted By: November 30, 2017

IRISH CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFING Distributed by Irish National Caucus The arbitrary line of partition London imposed on the Free State in 1920 helped to spark the Troubles and is still a lingering grievance.Caoimhín de Barra. The Guardian. England, Wednesday 29 November 2017 (• Caoimhín de Barra is the assistant professor of history at Drew University in New Jersey, and author of The Coming […]

The return of the Irish Question

Posted By: November 30, 2017

After nearly two decades of peaceful coexistence between Unionists and Nationalists, we risk reigniting the sectarian conflicts of the past.   New Statesman Editorial. England. Wednesday, November 29, 2017 Richard Nixon, the former US president about whom John Bew writes in the upcoming New Statesman issue, once declared of Latin America: “No one gives a shit about the place.” During last […]

Simon Coveney: “I don’t have to hide my nationalism”

Posted By: November 30, 2017

Simon Coveney said refusing to answer questions about a united Ireland could have sent out the wrong signal. Picture by Hugh Russell   John Manley. Irish News. Thursday, November 30,  2017 DUBLIN’S foreign affairs minister has defended support for a united Ireland in his “political lifetime,” saying he should not have to hide his nationalism. […]

“Unapologetic nationalist” Simon Coveney appointed Tanaiste

Posted By: November 30, 2017

Ireland’s Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney appointed TanaisteIrish News. Belfast. Thursday, November 30, 2017Ireland’s Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney has been appointed the country’s new deputy premier following the resignation of Frances Fitzgerald over her handling of a police whistleblower scandal.Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced the appointment of the new Tanaiste in the Dail on Thursday.Mr . Varadkar said in appointing Mr. Coveney as Tanaiste he was “very conscious of the important role he plays as Minister of Foreign Affairs, as minister responsible for Brexit.”He added: “I believe his appointment as Tanaiste and deputy prime minister will enhance his position in representing the government overseas in the negotiations currently underway.”In an interview with today’s Irish News he talked about being”unapologetic about his nationalism.”He also denied trying to use the border issue in a way that’s inappropriate” to try and put pressure on […]

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