Boris Johnson’s decision to seek the suspension of parliament in order to pursue a no-deal Brexit is a salutary reminder to the Irish Government that it can control only what it can control, ie what is within its sphere of influence.
Thu, 29 Aug, 2019
It is not generally known whether British prime minister Theresa May is a student of Irish history. Whether or not, she could do worse than reflect on the attempt by Michael Collins to persuade the Dáil to accept the 1922 Anglo-Irish Treaty.
Thu, 15 Nov, 2018
My column of February 26 explained that a unique charm of the Valle Gran Rey on the island of La Gomera in the Canaries is the laid-back “vibe” left over from the first hippies that arrived here, Vietnam War draft dodgers in the late 1950s.
Mon, 12 Mar, 2018
Kilkenny City hasn’t been as badly affected by high-street vacancies as some other towns and cities but has seen a rise in the number of vacant commercial spaces, from 3.3% in early 2014 to 7.7% in the first quarter of this year.
Tue, 05 May, 2015
A lack of unanimity in both political parties toward President Barack Obama’s sudden move to re-establish ties with Cuba complicates any congressional effort to scuttle the most significant change in US policy towards the Communist island in 50-plus years.
Fri, 19 Dec, 2014
The twice-weekly Cork to Brussels air service is shortly to be ended and Cork politicians, from Government and opposition parties alike, as well as Chamber of Commerce officials, are all screeching about what the loss will do to Cork Airport.
Thu, 11 Sep, 2014