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Will Sinn Fein still be left heckling from the sidelines after next Dail election?

Posted By: March 11, 2019

Deaglán de Bréadún. Irish News. Belfast. Monday, March 11, 2019The front-page headline had me mystified: “Robots could widen North-South divide.”Good grief, wasn’t our dear wee island divided enough already? And what kind of robots were we talking about anyway: surely not a mechanical version of the Lord Brookeborough unionists who wouldn’t have a Roman Catholic about the place? Or could […]

Tories have let cat out of the bag

Posted By: March 11, 2019

Letters to Editor. Irish News. Published Monday, March 11, 2019   Dear Editor,Just when you thought the Tory government could not get worse on Northern Ireland, along comes Secretary of State Karen Bradley to declare the British security forces could not, in effect, commit crimes in the north because they were only following orders. However, as horrible […]

Miami Showband’s Stephen Travers on hopes for review after documentary release

Posted By: March 10, 2019

“I was blown into a field then heard gunfire… I can still see the ditch on fire, can still hear them saying they’d killed us” John Meagher. Belfast Telegraph. 3Saturday, March 9, 2019There is a cliche that Stephen Travers is keen to dispel. The notion that survivors of great trauma experience flashbacks is simply not true, he believes. The Tipperary musician […]

“No Brexit with no-deal” – NI business

Posted By: March 10, 2019

By John Campbell BBC News NI. Belfast. Sunday, March 10, 2019 Some of Northern Ireland’s largest businesses have written an open letter to MPs urging them not to let the UK leave the EU without a deal. They say that no-deal would “result in significant damage to our export markets, supply chains, consumer spending power, […]

The disappearance of the Protestant accent from [Southern] Ireland

Posted By: March 09, 2019

Southern Irish Protestantism remained vibrant and combative even as it lost its accentRoy Foster.Irish Times.Dublin. Saturday, March 9, 2019(Roy Foster is an emeritus professor of Irish history at Oxford and professor of Irish history and literature at Queen Mary University of London).A mischievous memoir by Malachi O’Doherty is titled I Was a Teenage Catholic. Those of us who were teenage Protestants […]

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