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The DUP And Its Potential Deal With The Tories: It’s The Border, Stupid!

Journalists are just as susceptible to “fake news” as anyone else, especially when the news chimes with their own beliefs or prejudices. That is …

The DUP Turns The Screws On The Tories, While Demanding Respect From The UK

During the corruption scandal which finally brought down the power-sharing executive at Stormont in late 2016, early 2017, the Democratic Unionist …

Brexit

Earthlight, Arthur C Clarke

<i>Earthlight</i> is a largely forgotten 1955 science-fiction novel by the British writer Arthur C Clarke, based upon a short story of the same name …

Literature

Arlene Foster’s Letter Concerning Irish Gay Couples Marrying In Scotland

Talking of the Democratic Unionist Party, in the immediate aftermath of the general election in the United Kingdom, Marco Biagi, a former Scottish …

Arlene Foster

The DUP’s Greatest Fear? The Liberal Secularists Of The UK

Sammy Wilson, one of the ten, ultra-nationalist Democratic Unionist Party MPs expected to vote Theresa May and the Conservative Party back into …

The List Of DUP Demands Delaying The Backdoor Coalition With The Conservatives

Though the surprisingly prolonged talks between the Democratic Unionist Party and the Conservatives may give the appearance of inevitable failure, in …

The Greatest Threat To Ireland Is Narco-Terrorism Not Islamic Terrorism

What is the single greatest threat of terrorism for modern Ireland? Is it radicalised Muslim youths declaring loyalty to the Islamic State or …

Terrorism

Climate Change Deniers And Sceptics In Ireland

There are very few mainstream politicians in Ireland who question the reality of man-made climate change or its disastrous consequences for the …

Climate

Jeremy Corbyn: I Fully Understand The Many, Many Aspects Of Irish History

And the people of Ireland wish we could say the same of Theresa May and her wretched fundamentalist-appeasing Conservative Party government in …

Jeremy Corbyn

Tory-DUP Deal In London Makes Fianna Fáil-Sinn Féin Coalition More Likely In Dublin

Irish and British political commentators are already warning of unintended consequences stemming from the backdoor-coalition deal between the …

Brexit

The Tories Form A Backdoor-Coalition With The DUP – And UDA, UVF And RHC

As I’m sure most readers are aware, Theresa May’s Conservative Party has formed a backdoor-coalition with Arlene Foster’s Democratic Unionist Party …

Brexit

Holy Wells And A Proposed Hill Of Tara National Monument And Park

The monumental landscape around <i>Teamhair na Rí</i> or the Hill of Tara in County Meath features several springs closely associated with stories and …

National Parks

DUP Secures The Backing Of British Terror Groups In The UK General Election

Over the last several months rivals and commentators have repeatedly criticised the Democratic Unionist Party for its ever-closer ties with various …

Brexit

Sergio Leone’s Once Upon A Time… The Revolution

I’m a huge fan of the late Italian director Sergio Leone, the inventor of the Spaghetti Western, a broad sub-genre of Western-style films which …

Movies

Beren And Lúthien, JRR And Edith Tolkien

The complex, never quite complete tales of the couple, Beren and Lúthien, date to 1917 and the earliest writing of the author JRR Tolkien, and were …

Literature

Ireland Indicates A Harder Line On Irish, British And EU Negotiations Over Brexit

Charlie Flanagan TD, the minister for foreign affairs, has written a surprisingly forceful article for the New European, a pro-EU magazine in the …

Brexit

Did Dinosaurs Exist? Paleontologist Trevor S Valle Answers The Question

There’s nothing that I enjoy more than a good, swear-filled rant at the idiocy around me. As regular readers may have noticed from time to time. Not …

Conspiracies

The SDLP Calls For A Referendum On A Reunited Ireland. Or Does It?

Well this is somewhat unexpected. The Social Democratic and Labour Party, the minority nationalist grouping in the UK-administrated Six Counties, has …

Referendums

The Illogicality Of Being Pro-Life While Favouring Exceptions For Abortion

As WorldByStorm notes there are some surprising results from last weekend’s Irish Times poll on abortion (yes, yet another one).<p>A clear majority of …

Rights & Freedoms

Jeremy Corbyn’s Problem: The Irish Have Terrorists But The British Have Paramilitaries

There is an old joke from the UK-administered north-east of Ireland, one that has a great deal of truth behind it. During the so-called Troubles, the …

Jeremy Corbyn

Donald Trump Pushes NATO Leaders Out Of His Way At A Press Event

Oh, America, what have you done? The preening peacock that is <i>Il Duce</i> pushes Dusko Markovic, the prime minister of Montenegro, to one side as he moves …

Donald Trump

The Battle of Pettigo and Belleek, May To June 1922

Units of the Anti-Treaty IRA pictured with some of the vehicles captured from the British Forces in the Battle of Pettigo and Belleek, August 1922The …

War

The New Partition: Britain’s Brexit Border In Ireland

In a recent discussion stemming from an article examining the mysterious – and unprecedented – pro-Brexit campaign donations gifted to the Democratic …

Brexit

Leo Varadkar’s United Ireland Party Is Not For The Irish Voters Of Belfast

If the political and media establishments were hesitant or fearful of last year’s centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising, its likely that this will pale …

Ireland

Surprise Convictions In Brazil, Business As Usual In Ireland

No offence to the good people of Brazil but when you find yourself casting envious eyes at the treatment of high profile financial crime in the South …

Fine Gael

Poland Accelerates Its Destruction Of The Primeval Białowieża Forest

One of the lesser discussed aspects of the cultural republicanism which fueled the early 20th century Irish Revolution was the environmental …

Conservation

Thirty Years Of Secret Talks And Negotiations Between Britain And The IRA

With the United Kingdom’s right-wing press whipping itself up into a frenzy over the alleged sympathy of Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn for the …

Seth MacFarlane’s The Orville, Claudia Christian’s Starhyke

I’ve largely enjoyed the animated comedy work of the talented US writer and director Seth MacFarlane. The early seasons of <i>Family Guy</i> and <i>American Dad</i> …

Theresa May And The Tories Will Seek A British Internet For British People

The recent general election manifesto launch by Theresa May and the Conservative Party government in the United Kingdom highlights the country’s slow …

The Uneasy Peace In Britain’s Legacy Colony On The Island Of Ireland

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), the United Kingdom’s militarised policing force in the Six Counties, has released its 2016-17 …