Distinguishing people from territory could be key to unification

Posted By: August 30, 2018

Newton Emerson. Irish News. Belfast.30 August 2018 01:00The comparison being made this week between Northern Ireland and Belgium, as we surpass its record without a government, is precisely wrong: devolved government kept Belgium going in the absence of central government, while we are in the opposite situation.It is a pity we have not taken this chance to look more […]

DUP handled Pope visit badly

Posted By: August 30, 2018

IRISH CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFING Distributed by Irish National Caucus   DUP handled Pope visit badlyIrish News Editorial. Belfast. Thursday, August 30, 2018Earlier this month the Irish government extended an invitation to the leaders of all the main political parties in Northern Ireland to attend a reception for Pope Francis in Dublin Castle during his visit last weekend.This was not a religious […]

Foster denies vetoing party colleagues over Dublin invite

Posted By: August 29, 2018

John Manley. Irish News. Belfast. Wednesday, August 29, 2018Arlene Foster has denied vetoing DUP representation at Saturday’s civic reception for Pope Francis but also insisted it was her decision not to send anybody to the Dublin Castle event.When quizzed yesterday for the first time over her party’s decision not to attend a Papal event, the former first minister said the invite from the […]

 Fianna Fáil/SDLP merger offers more questions than answers

Posted By: August 29, 2018

Brian Feeney. Irish News. Belfast. Wednesday,  August 29,  2018The party’s overIt’s time to call it a dayThey’ve burst your pretty balloonAnd taken the moon awayIt’s time to wind up the masqueradeJust make your mind up the piper must be paidThe party’s overIt’s time to call it a day.The best version is Nat King Cole’s 1957 rendition […]


Posted By: August 29, 2018

Bob Bateman writes about the Penal Laws, which were  described by 18th-century Anglo Irish MP Edmund Burke as “a machine of wise and elaborate contrivance, as well fitted for the oppression, impoverishment, and degradation of a people, and the debasement in them of human nature itself, as ever proceeded from the perverted ingenuity of man.”   Bob Bateman,  AOH Division 18, Peekskill, […]

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