Last week I passed a Sinn Féin poster about Brexit and did a quick check, as I thought the pantomime season was over. If ever the words standing firm, Sinn Féin and Brexit deserved the clichéd words of ‘Oh no they aren’t’, this was surely a classic example.
Jim Gibney’s article (January 2) on the first action in the War of Independence in January 1919 and the revisionism surrounding it, while grounded in error and laced with irony, was particularly topical although absolutely no one familiar with the area would ever associate Soloheadbeg with Clonmel; it would be akin to referencing Bellaghy from Coleraine, Clonoe from Omagh or Camlough from Craigavon.
There are now several realistic alternatives to the backstop which do not threaten the constitutional integrity of the UK and ensure the whole UK leaves the EU and retains full democratic control and sovereignty.
Christmas is usually a happy time for children and families. However, for a small number of girls in our society the holidays present a time of vulnerability and greater risk of harm with the threat of being taken abroad to undergo female genital mutilation. (FGM).
I admit to being slightly biased but I can’t think of a better mode of transport, pastime, leisure activity or sport than cycling. Individually and societally, it ticks many boxes for positive outcomes. Improving physical and mental health, reducing pressure on the health service, easing city congestion and benefiting our environment are among those positives.
So Brexit will mean that British planes may fly to, say Paris, but cannot proceed onward to another European destination to drop off or pick up passengers. Not good news for British Airways but I can’t see it causing too many problems for Aer Lingus or Ryanair.
Fr Martin Henry’s article in Faith Matters (December 6) is very interesting as he discusses the history of the development of the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception of Mary and some of the theological difficulties encountered.
And so, Captain Wobbly May wobbles on for a while yet. Badly holed below the water line, her ship miraculously remains afloat – just. Directionless and running out of steam, afflicted with a mutinous motley crew, HMS Brexit-means-Brexit sails around in perpetual circles and, with each successive EU rebuff, it cuts an increasingly sorry sight.