A former photojournalist from the US who is in Ireland this week is looking to be reunited with an Irishman who he met in 1984 when he made him an honorary CNN reporter in Dublin for the visit of the then-US President Ronald Reagan.
WE may not like him; we may even loathe and despise him but Donald Trump remains the President of the United States and, considering the historic ties between our two countries, he should be given a cordial and respectful welcome to Ireland next month if, as expected, he visits here on June 6.
The man who shot President Ronald Reagan appeared fixated during a visit to a bookshop last year on a bookshelf bearing titles on presidential assassinations and Reagan’s presidency, according to testimony at a court hearing.
FACING high unemployment and lukewarm public approval, President Barack Obama can take heart from history: At the same point in his presidency 28 years ago, Ronald Reagan was saddled with an approval rating much lower than Obama’s is now. And the unemployment rate then was a full percentage point higher.
LAST Saturday I watched the senior football play-off game between Tipperary and Dublin. It was not a particularly great game, but it was much more interesting and exciting than any of the World Cup soccer matches. The Cork and Waterford Munster hurling final on Sunday also left the soccer in the shade.
This week much of Europe has been celebrating the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. In time it could well be considered as one of greatest seminal moments in world history, akin to the impact of the French Revolution, which began with the fall of the Bastille in 1789.