Big Calls Needed

It sometimes seems like there are parallel political universes at play, all important and all having lifetime implications. Brexit is happening in a way none of us could have imagined. Yes, we knew there would be turmoil. Yes, we knew there would be lasting implications. But could anyone foretell the wrecking ball it has brought to British politics? Both the Conservative and Labour parties are left with generational damage.…

Seán Rúiséil goes to Downing Street

The new Prime Minister has image, well, let’s be kind,challenges. To start with he is a man who will not disclose how many children he has to how many women. In a modern age of flexible personal morality that’s clearly not the disgrace it would be in every other walk of life.  There are the regular moments of racism, xenophobia, and misogyny. Sometimes even all rolled…

A Winter of Discontent?

Can’t you just feel autumn coming? The leaves are starting to turn with their tinges on them promising the gorgeous golds and reds yet to come. In all the nooks and crannies of brambles the blackberries are bursting out, from dark red to black, declaring their unique deliciousness for us to scavenge, reminding us why we allow their scraggy, thorny tendrils to…

Mr Bumble goes to Downing Street

First published in the Andersonstown News on 25th July 2019 Boris Johnson is now the Prime Minister for England and its own interests, whatever way they decide they should be in the context of Brexit. He set to work immediately purging his cabinet and added to a pretence of change by reappointing a cabinet of the extreme. 17 of the MPs appointed…

An Gaeltacht Abú

Every Under 12s, Under 14s and Under 16s team has been decimated for the past five weeks. The Hills of Donegal have called our youngsters in their droves to stay with strangers and learn their native tongue while dancing, singing, messing and building a lifetime of memories. Similar scenes are known in Counties Kerry and Mayo with the GAA…

Collusion past or present tense?

Collusion was how the British did business. They had a policy, they enforced the policy directly or indirectly whenever convenient. So if they didn’t want the world to know that they intended to suppress a population through violence, they just let those they recruited as proxies do it for them. They have done it across…

Respecting the dead – all of them

There are few things that remind us of how divided we are in life than how we treat the dead and those who grieve for them. This week William Frazer died after a very long and painful illness. Willie was a victims campaigner, a flag protestor, a UDR member, a son, a husband and a…

The land of the brave

This article was written for the Andersonstown News before we discovered the horror of the fate of 23 month old Angie Valeria and her father Oscar Alberto Martínez who were found floating in the Rio Grande. This summer marks the 30th anniversary of the International Convention on the Rights of the Child. Yet we know that…