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The Irish Times view on Boris Johnson’s Brexit position: old ideas and empty slogans

Posted By: August 23, 2019

IRISH CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFING Distributed to Congress by Irish National Caucus   “The Irish Times of Dublin puts the case very well, exposing Boris Johnson’s nonsense. Members of Congress must not be tricked into supporting Johnson’s anti-Irish colonialism. We had hoped Tony Blair, God bless him, had exorcized such colonialism from the heart of England’s attitude […]

I realized Irish belonged to me – a Protestant – and I fell in love with it

Posted By: August 20, 2019

‘Was I doing something wrong by learning Irish? Was I betraying something and if I was what was it I was betraying?’ Linda Ervine. Irish News. Belfast. November 9, 2015 I think the first time I saw Irish written down was on a visit to Donegal. It looked complicated and inaccessible, just random letters on road signs.A few years later I had […]

Politicians need to get a grip on our current dire situation, or the consequences could be horrendous

Posted By: August 16, 2019

In August 1969  British troops were deployed onto the streets of Northern Ireland as part of Operation Banner. Alex Kane.Irish News. Belfast. Friday, August 16, 2019Operation Banner began the day after my 14th birthday.Fifty years on and the headlines in Northern Ireland are dominated by Martina Anderson’s use of ‘Tiocfaidh ár lá [Our day will come]at a Hunger Strike commemoration; […]

Former congressman warns Britain to “beware” promises of speedy trade deal with the US

Posted By: August 16, 2019

John Manley. Irish News. Belfast. Thursday, August 14, 2019THE joint-chairman of powerful Irish-American committee has described a senior US official’s claims of a speedy post-Brext trade deal with Britain as a “political and economic mirage”.Former Congressman James Walsh, co-chair of Washington’s Ad Hoc Committee to Protect the Good Friday Agreement, again stressed that Congress would not endorse a trade deal if […]

 DUP efforts at outreach now look like a cosmetic exercise

Posted By: August 15, 2019

IRISH CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFING Distributed to Congress by Irish National Caucus  John Manley. Irish News. Belfast. Thursday, August 14, 2019 FOR years the so-called Derry Model has been an example of how negotiation and compromise can help resolve contentious parades without either side appearing to lose face.But the trust and respect that has been built over nearly two decades were almost wiped out […]

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