£45k golden handshake piles pressure on DUP

Brendan Hughes. Irish News. Saturday, 21, 2017The DUP was under fresh pressure last night after it emerged a special adviser who resigned during the RHI scandal is in line for a taxpayer-funded ‘golden handshake’ of up to £45,000.Andrew Crawford announced he was stepping down on Thursday after senior civil servant Andrew McCormick told a Stormont committee he understood that influence was exerted by […]

The North’s Enduring Pathology: Anti-Catholic Bigotry

Fr. Sean Mc Manus, President, Irish National Caucus, Washington. “The whole map of Europe has been changed … but as the deluge subsides and the waters fall short we see the dreary steeples of Fermanagh and Tyrone emerging once again.” (Winston Churchill. February 16, 1922). This oft -quoted statement of Churchill is fatuous and smug […]

A simple majority not enough for Irish unity

Deaglan de Breadun. Irish News (Belfast). Monday, August 29, 2016There are certain issues that have been around so long and debated to such an extent that they seem to have died a quiet death. But then there is a change of mood and they become a topic of discussion again.Irish unity is a prime example. After all the blather, hyperbole and propaganda […]

Trump’s anti-Catholic rhetoric rises before South Carolina Primary

Niall O’Dowd @niallodowd           February 12,2016 12:43 AMDonald Trump shows his colors again in comments about Pope Francis’ trip to Mexico.Donald Trump’s anti-Catholic comments about the Pope on Thursday were no accident.Trump never speaks without knowing the impact of his words, despite his sometimes careless demeanor.He has dragged anti-Catholic and anti-papal rhetoric into an election for the first time […]

Lord chief justice reveals new plan for dealing with Troubles inquests

Connla Young. Irish News (Belfast). Saturday, February 13, 2016Relatives of those shot dead by soldiers in Ballymurphy in 1971 were among those who met the Lord Chief Justice in Belfast yesterday. Patrick McVeigh was killed by an MRF patrol who claimed he was holding a weapon. Forensic tests were negative and his family have been fighting for 40 years to clear his name…The north’s […]

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