As Northern Ireland once again prepares for the marching season, it is becoming increasingly evident that neither the police, local politicians nor the secretary of state has any control over the gangs of so-called Loyalists constructing bonfires the size of tower blocks close to homes, businesses and children’s play areas.
In our Hadron Collider and text-anyone-anywhere-anytime world, it may seem slightly embarrassing to acknowledge what a powerful force old-fashioned tribalism remains. Yet, that force of nature, or at least human nature, is active all around us and sometimes in ways that may not be as admirable as we might wish.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has warned British prime minister Theresa May "just putting off" finding a solution to a hard Irish border until 2021 "isn't enough" to resolve the ongoing Brexit stand-off.
Democratic Unionist leader Arlene Foster has said today that she is disappointed an agreement to restore powersharing has not been reached in Northern Ireland, suggesting a deal will now have to wait until at least the autumn.
When William crushed the deposed Catholic King James ll and his Jacobite army of some 25,000 men, the victory was celebrated with songs and prayers in the Catholic cathedrals of William’s allies — the Dutch, the Danes, and the Germans, writes.
Alexis Tsipras is facing a battle to cling on to his government’s majority; Eircode expects the postcode to be widely used within two years; A teenage girl who survived a plane crash emerged from the wilderness after hiking “for a couple of days”; Barry Davis Ryan was laid to rest yesterday.
The formation of a new centre-left party movement will challenge the policies of the Government parties; Representatives of the dairy industry are warning against an over-reaction to a suspected case of BSE in Co Louth; A second man has died following the industrial accident in Portmarnock in Dublin.