Rereading George Orwell’s 1945 essay Antisemitism in Britain is chilling, in the context of this week’s article in The Times by the orthodox chief rabbi of Britain and Northern Ireland Ephraim Mirvis. Comparing it with the British Labour Party’s new policy, launched today, on race and faith is black comedy.
While local and European elections cannot necessarily be taken as a good predictor of the subsequent general election, the results of both elections last weekend do provide an interesting insight into how the Irish who decided to vote actually view the world at the moment.
Putting an end to gas and oil exploration, ensuring Irish Water remains in public ownership and retrofitting homes at a cost of €50bn are among some key demands the Green Party is likely to make of potential coalition partners.
A “deeply disappointed” junior minister Andrew Doyle openly defied his party's instructions not to canvass in Cork and Tipperary amid an escalating feud between Fine Gael's Ireland South candidates.
People need to be reminded to check they have a vote on May 24 when there are votes on divorce, for local candidates and European parliamentary elections. Voting cards ought to be arriving to voters. Otherwise, people should check and people here, born abroad, ought to make inquiries.