Talk of integrity of union way beyond sell-by date

Posted By: August 26, 2019

[Boris] Johnson speaks of Belfast Agreement’s “delicate balance” but is ignorant of it Diarmaid Ferriter. Irish Times. Dublin. Saturday, August 24, 2019 The contempt for Boris Johnson was palpable in Edinburgh last week during a discussion at the city’s book festival on Brexit and Ireland.Expressions of empathy with Irish frustrations were hardly surprising given that 62 percent of Scots who voted in 2016 were […]

Abstention policy has taken several twists and turns over course of Irish political history

Posted By: August 26, 2019

Deaglán de Bréadún. Irish News. August 26, 2019  On July 10, 1927, the justice and external affairs minister of the Irish Free State, Kevin O’Higgins (37), was shot and fatally wounded as he walked to 12 o’clock Mass in south Dublin.Nobody was ever convicted but the general belief is that three IRA activists carried out the killing, which they saw as an […]

The UVF/UDA may think of themselves as benevolent Peaky Blinder, but they are nothing of the sort

Posted By: August 26, 2019

  Tom Kelly. Irish News. Belfast. August 26, 2019 “Empty vessels make the most sound” or,  so goes the proverb. When it comes to some self-appointed non-elected speakers on behalf of already well-represented communities in Northern Ireland this proverb comes to mind. It applies to those on both sides of the divide. They are a […]

Thatcher suggested removing nationalists from North during the Troubles

Posted By: August 26, 2019

Connla Young. Irish News. Belfast. Monday, August 26, 2019Former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher suggested the removal of nationalists from the north during the Troubles.The startling suggestion is said to have been made during a meeting with close advisors.The claim is made by former Irish civil servant Michael Lillis in a new book Brokering the Good Friday Agreement: The Untold […]

The most dangerous book in Ireland

Posted By: August 26, 2019

John O’Neill Contributor @JJCONeillIrish Central. New York.August  23, 2019. ‘Facts and Figures of the Belfast Pogrom 1920-1922’ was pulped before it was ever distributed – but several copies were rescuedImagine a book considered to be so dangerous that it was pulped before it could even be distributed.Well, that is what happened in Dublin in 1922. Eighteen copies of […]

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