In his wonderful autobiography A Shared Home Place the late Seamus Mallon warned that if, after a narrow vote, a united Ireland was imposed on those averse to the idea that “we would be doing to them what they did to us”.
Tue, 10 Mar, 2020
Take a bow, Ireland. At a moment when so many once reliable societies shy away from the never-ending challenge of sustaining progressive, tolerant, welcoming, largely decent societies, we re-elected a president whose half-century political career has been dedicated to the long and always democratic pursuit of those noble, uplifting ideals.
Mon, 29 Oct, 2018
Conventional wisdom, that imperfect, inconsistent gauge of our thoughts, suggests voters can be divided into three categories: Those who vote for Sinn Féin, those who might, and those who, no matter what, would never vote for the party.
Mon, 22 Jan, 2018
DUP leader Arlene Foster has threatened to seek the appointment of “direct rule ministers” in Northern Ireland “early in the new year” unless the near year-long Stormont stalemate is brought to an end in the coming weeks.
Tue, 02 Jan, 2018
THERE was more than enough farce and ill-conceived opportunism in last week’s British election to justify a rejuvenation of Yes Minister, that wonderfully sharp foil to the faux pomp and vainglory driving some political ambition.
Mon, 12 Jun, 2017