Ireland still a priority for Obama, says White House official Simon Carswel

Irish Times. Friday, June 20, 2014.   Ireland and Northern Irish affairs remain a “fundamental national priority” for the US and “a personal priority” for President Barack Obama, despite the delay in naming a new ambassador, White House chief of staff Denis McDonough said last night.   Asked whether the long delay was a reflection […]


  “It’s true that Eamon Gilmore has been a failure as Minister responsible for British-Irish oversight here, and that in his time the Irish government has abdicated its responsibility.” Brian Feeney.Irish News ( Belfast). Wednesday, June 18, 2014. You may not have noticed , because the Irish and British governments have been denying it,  but something has gone seriously […]

Father Of Maze Hunger Striker Bobby Sands Dies At The Age Of 91

John Sands pictured front left, carrying his sons coffin in May 1981 News Letter ( Belfast).Tuesday, June 17, 2014The father of IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands has died in hospital aged 91. John Sands was not a public figure and was rarely mentioned in the media. He died surrounded by his family on Saturday morning. […]


Tom Kelly. Irish News Belfast). Monday, June 16, 2014   THERE is a play in the West End at the moment called Hobson’s Choice and it focuses on the limited options open to the unfortunate cobbler Henry Hobson.   The term Hobson’s choice is known as having no real choice at all; one either takes […]

We never doubted Kenny’s steel, but slipping mask of amiability reveals his ruthless core

Shane Coleman.Sunday, Independent. ( Dublin). Sunday, June 15, 2014 Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s toughness beneath the smiles is becoming increasingly apparent Watching the Taoiseach in action in recent months calls to mind the Greta Garbo line that anybody “who has a continuous smile on his face conceals a toughness that is almost frightening”. Behind the outwardly benign persona, […]

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