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We must not return to a hard border in Ireland

Posted By: February 19, 2018

Jenny Chapman. The Times. London. Monday, February 19, 2018 Jenny Chapman is Labour MP for Darlington and a member of Labour’s shadow Brexit teamAfter nearly twenty years of peace, it’s easy to take progress in Northern Ireland for granted. Questions about the incompatibility of Brexit and the Good Friday Agreement are dismissed as the latest obsession of the unreconciled Remainer. […]

Unionist leaders risk steering Northern Ireland into uncharted waters

Posted By: February 18, 2018

IRISH CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFING Distributed by Irish National Caucus “This article from The Detail provides for the US Congress an excellent summary of the steps that led to the impasse in Northern Ireland. It is objective and balanced. It highlights the salient issue that explains the retrograde steps of the DUP: ‘The DUP knew that the […]

Irish famine-era film “Black 47” a hit at Berlin Film Festival

Posted By: February 18, 2018

James O’Shea. Irish Central. February 18, 2018Variety, the bible of Hollywood publications, has given Black 47 the first ever movie set in Famine times in Ireland a rave review.The movie has opened to critical acclaim at the Berlin Film Festival and is expected on general release shortly.Variety critic Jessica Kiang writes that Irish director Lance Daly “brings menace and power to a lean revenge Western that does overdue cinematic […]

Sectarianism stifles politics in north

Posted By: February 18, 2018

Patrick Murphy. Irish News. Belfast. Saturday, February 17, 2018Question: when is an agreement not an agreement? Answer: when the DUP leadership realizes it has gone too far ahead of its members. That, dear reader, explains why the Stormont talks collapsed.Last Saturday a well-placed source close to the DUP assured me that a deal would be signed on Monday, pending approval by […]

Jamie Bryson’s invitation to Commons “risks devolution”

Posted By: February 17, 2018

IRISH CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFING Distributed by Irish National Caucus “’ Mr. Bryson …  has described himself as opposed to the peace process, described the UVF as “patriots” and has referred to the Pope as “the Antichrist” on social media.’ In a previous post, I explained the historical fact that  in 1920 Northern Ireland had been created  TO BE  anti-Irish and anti-Catholic. … […]

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