It may be too much to hope that Israel will realise that the margin of the UN vote — 138 to 9 — enhancing Palestine’s status reflects the world view on how badly they have behaved towards the displaced people trapped in their sphere of control.
Naturally Benjamin Netanyahu’s government remains defiant despite this censure. Blinkered intransigence has unfortunately been the hallmark of Israeli policy for far too long. That Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev compared the UN general assembly to a “theatre of the absurd” does not augur well for the prospects of a peaceful resolution to the situation either.
It is unfortunate too that no matter how many times it is acknowledged that the unrelenting terrorist attacks on Israel are utterly wrong Israel responds with the kind of disproportionate violence that ensures their continuation.
Sooner or later, unless the Palestinians are wiped out, these issues will have to be resolved by negotiation. America is uniquely placed to influence these events. It is time for President Obama to be more forceful and tell Israel that its diplomats, not its soldiers, must resolve this crisis.
The Department of Education has been criticised by Children's Ombudsman Emily Logan over enrolment appeals and home tuition after a teenager missed nearly two years of full-time education when up to 30 schools refused him a place.
SINGER PAUL CLEARY doesn't have butterflies — yet. But he will. "I'm not a confident performer," say Cleary, frontman of iconic Dublin post-punk trio, The Blades. "The 20 minutes before I go on are particularly nerve-wracking. You can't function properly. You are sitting in the dressing room, not talking. You just want to get out there, on stage."
Supported by the Arts Council, Cork City Council, and the Firkin Crane, Laura Murphy is Cork's Dancer in Residence at Firkin Crane for 2013/2014. Originally from Kinsale, this highly-qualified dance artist, performer and choreographer is bubbling over with ideas.
Tipperary native Brian Lonergan fulfilled a long-standing ambition when his tricolour appeared on live TV during Sunday's NFL clash between the San Francisco 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks at Candlestick Park.
THE scandal at the Central Remedial Clinic is a gift to the Government. Here we have an organisation seemingly plundering charitable funds, to feather the nests of a group of Fianna Fáil insiders, all of whom can be linked easily to former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern.