Amid the torrent of news gushing out from Britain’s barely functioning government, the worldwide community of prime ministers and presidents, and students of political linguistics, might not have had their attention drawn to an exchange between Ms May and the chairman of a House of Commons select committee.
The so-called terrible beauty that WB Yeats said was born in 1916 was nothing of the sort. What materialised, in the aftermath of the 1916 Rising, was a Catholic state and the transfer of dominion from an imperial power to an ecclesiastical one, an outcome that Wolfe Tone and the United Irishmen of 1798 would have abhorred.
In the opinion section on your paper on August 8, Gerard Howlin writes about Pat Rabbitte’s difficulty coping with being dropped from government. Paudy McMahon wrote a letter rebuffing Gay Byrne who expressed fears about the role of the EU in our lives and Tom Duffy stressed how our government is ramming through its wind energy programme with no regard to the health impact on residents.
Ruby Walsh, twice a winner of the Grand National but forced to miss last Saturday’s race for the second time in three years following a fall from Zarkandar in the Aintree Hurdle earlier on the card, feels the changes to the great race have gone far enough already.