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Voice of mainstream unionism is missing from public life

Posted By: August 29, 2019

  The DUP does not reflect mainstream unionist opinion Newton Emerson. Irish News. Belfast. Thursday, August 29, 2019STATE papers just declassified from 1994 peace talks show loyalist leaders were “very disappointed at the continual references to the smallness of their mandate”.This sense of entitlement continues today, with blogger Jamie Bryson waving his even tinier mandate around and complaining loyalist voices are not heard.In […]

Irish ministers distance themselves from comparison of Boris Johnson to Oliver Cromwell

Posted By: August 29, 2019

Cromwell regarded in Ireland as guilty of war crimes, religious persecution, and ethnic cleansing Irish News. Belfast. Thursday, August 29, 2019  Prime Minister Boris Johnson plans to prorogue ParliamentIrish ministers have distanced themselves from comments made by a government colleague who compared Boris Johnson to Oliver Cromwell.In a tweet, which he later deleted, Minister of State Michael D’Arcy said […]

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 […]

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