Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories (the West bank and the Gaza Strip) since 1967 is the subject of frequent debate in your newspaper, but much of that input is driven by emotion rather than detailed, factual knowledge. May I, therefore, be permitted to explain the status of the territory issue under international law.
Tue, 12 Nov, 2019
He’s been described as many things during this changeable World Cup campaign but ‘Mystical Martin O’Neill’ could be one label Ireland’s manager is content with as he predicted this strange predicament facing his team in next month’s concluding qualifiers.
Sat, 09 Sep, 2017
THE ability to travel overseas on generally recognised and accepted documents is a benefit which seems to have been with us forever. It has been the engine of international tourism and all the attendant industries and businesses which depend upon it and grow from its fruits.
Thu, 01 Jun, 2017
THE UN is in danger of becoming as irrelevant and ineffectual as the League of Nations that preceded it — able to condemn atrocities but not halt them. The chemical attack in Syria, most likely by government forces, is the most recent example.
Thu, 06 Apr, 2017
Mon, 22 Aug, 2016
Tackling the twin challenges of sustainable development and climate change is vital for the UN but its founding principle was peace, the edifice upon which it was built, and it must now step up to the plate and find a way to end the slaughter in Syria, writes
Thu, 24 Sep, 2015
AFTER completing my doctoral dissertation on Irish neutrality, Tim Pat Coogan, the then editor of The Irish Press, wrote that his newspaper would be interested in publishing a series of articles based on the papers of David Gray, the American wartime minister to Ireland, but he added his own health warning.
Mon, 24 Jun, 2013
David Cameron was at his most slippery during his recent tour of the Middle East, trumpeting his commitment to the Arab democracy uprisings while leading a multi-billion-pound arms trade delegation intent on selling weapons to the very regimes their own people want gone.
Sat, 21 May, 2011
THE Scannal programme on the 1970 Arms Crisis on RTÉ television this week began with me proclaiming that the whole thing was the most serious crisis since the civil war. It has never been properly investigated but then no one should be surprised because the civil war was largely ignored, too.
Sat, 13 Nov, 2010
CIVIL servants are often called the permanent government. They are the faceless men and women who implement policy and frequently formulate it, but political decorum requires that they keep a low profile rather than outshine their nominal masters.
Sat, 15 Mar, 2008
McCreevy explained he was objecting to Haughey’s leadership because there had been a lowering of political standards, mishandling of the economy, as well as the party’s failure to secure a majority in two successive general elections.
Sat, 13 Oct, 2007