Memoirs - Mac Ireland

“It was the beginning of the civil rights campaign proper – I helped change history”

Austin Currie and Geraldine Gildernew reflect on what was achieved by the squat at Number 11 Kinnard ParkSeamus McKinney. Irish News. Belfast. Monday, June 17, 2018Austin Currie spoke at a housing conference – Housing Then and Now – organized to mark the fiftieth anniversary of Caledon protest at the Junction in Dungannon. Picture by Bill Smyth.Mary Teresa Goodfellow’s mother, Anne Gildernew […]

Fire service requests to move pyre, amid safety fears, refused: report reveals

Brendan Hughes. Irish News. Belfast. Monday, June 11, 2018Loyalist bonfire builders refused a plea from the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) to move a pyre away from gas mains, it can be revealed.Eleventh Night bonfires were also built beside electricity substations, telephone junction boxes, and homes, inspection reports uncovered by The Irish News show.The reports highlight the scale of safety […]

Willie would have bombed us back into the stone age!

Southern Star editorial. Cork. Monday, 4th June 2018CONGRATS to Willie McCrea, Free Presbyterian Minister, gospel singer, former hard-line DUP politico and Member of Parliament. He’s been elevated as a person of rank to membership of the House of Lords.But, here’s the interesting bit. Previously classified British government papers released four years ago revealed that McCrea urged the British government in 1986 to launch […]

Can we expect the DUP to be renamed as “Katholikos DUP”?

Fr. Sean McManus. Letters to Editor. Irish News.Belfast. Published Monday, June 4, 2018   I’m beginning to think that Arlene Foster has, as Trump would say, “tapped my lines” because she has used language from Catholic theology that I recently used to explain the meaning of “Catholic” to a person in the North. Here’s how I had explained it. The famous […]

Border “buffer” ridiculed

“Nonsense” post-Brexit proposal criticised by DUP and Sinn FéinStaff Reporter. Irish News. Belfast.Saturday, June 2, 2018PROPOSALS for a 10-mile-wide Brexit ‘buffer zone’ at the border have been widely ridiculed.The scheme said to have been drawn up by British Brexit secretary David Davis, right, would see a “special economic zone” running along the 310-mile border where traders could operate under the Republic’s rules.However, the […]

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