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First big win of Brexit as common travel area to be retained” – Coveney

Posted By: October 23, 2017

Ralph Riegel.Irish Independent.Dublin. Monday, October 23,  2017   Ireland will retain the common travel area (CTA) with the UK in the first landmark agreement to be hammered out under the Brexit talks.The impending CTA agreement, being hailed as a major victory for Ireland in the Brexit negotiations, will not include Border issues but will resolve a huge number of the Anglo-Irish […]

No deal, no political future for DUP leader

Posted By: October 21, 2017

“Belfast columnist Patrick Murphy provides a key insight for Members of Congress into the state of Unionism in Northern Ireland. It is essential to understand his basic point: “History shows that post-partition Unionism [after the 1920 British Government of Ireland Act, that divided Ireland] is largely founded on a siege mentality, so a Unionist leader can easily […]

Inability to deal with past is one of peace process’s greatest failings

Posted By: October 19, 2017

IRISH CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFING Distributed by Irish National Caucus “This quote from today’s Irish News of Belfast makes chilling reading: ‘And all while [ Haggarty was] working as an RUC Special Branch informer alongside Mark Haddock, another agent who led the ragtag gang of murderers, almost all of whom were in the pay of the State.’ What an appalling […]

“This development in the Haggarty case is being seen as another defeat for human rights and justice—and another massive cover-up

Posted By: October 19, 2017

IRISH CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFING Distributed by Irish National Caucus   “This development in the Haggarty case is being seen as another defeat for human rights and justice—and another massive cover-up of police/security collusion.  However, Raymond McCord, a Belfast Protestant, bravely continues the good fight. Reconciliation is at its truest and best when  Protestants and Catholics (Unionists/Loylists-Nationalists/Republicans) […]

Sectarianism is the flip side of racism coin

Posted By: October 19, 2017

IRISH CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFING Distributed by Irish National Caucus  Fr. Sean McManus. Letters to the Editor. Irish News. Belfast. Thursday, October 19, 2017 When I read Jack Duffin’s letter ‘”ectarianism can never be treated if not properly diagnosed’ (October 9), I automatically thought of the statement by African-American writer and social critic James Baldwin (1924-1987): ‘Not everything that is faced can […]

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