There you go, Brexit is sorted – no real borders in Ireland or on the Irish sea, nationalists, unionists, Dublin and London are all satisfied with the EU deal and we’re all going to live happily ever after in a pan European utopia
January 10 2017 is a day that will stand in history. It was the day where we witnessed Martin McGuinness appear on our TV screens to read aloud his letter of resignation, calling time on the most recent phase of power sharing in the north of Ireland.
We Irish, unionist and nationalist are living in interesting times. The Brexit debacle has reinvigorated the drive for national unity and at the same time shaken the confidence of die hard Angloids who only take their heads out of the sand long enough to deny the obvious.
Fr Patrick McCafferty writes (November 23) about the suitability of December 25 to celebrate the nativity of Jesus/Yeshua, and I am aware of some reasons why this particular date was chosen some three centuries after the event, including the convergence/confusion with Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights or Feast of Dedication that Yeshua attended in Jerusalem in John 10:22 (‘Hanukkah’ means ‘dedication’ in Hebrew).
The recent statement by Sinn Féin’s Michelle O’Neill that she would support a party motion that countenanced abortion, will upset many conscientious individuals within the rank and file of Arthur Griffith’s once noble party.
The revelations contained in the recent Paradise Papers leaks have reiterated the value of public transparency in identifying aggressive tax avoidance – and the need for reform to end these abuses once and for all. The veil of secrecy that exits in the world of global finance benefits no-one but tax dodgers.
According to Danny Treacy (November 7) my analysis of our sectarian problem is unbalanced and Fr McManus has a slanted view of the Act of Settlement which he claims has no meaningful relevance in England or Ireland today.
At the time of writing Sinn Féin are preparing for their Árd Fhéis. The issue of the possible repeal of the 8th Amendment, thus taking away the protection of the lives of both mothers and babies during pregnancy, was due to be a very big part of their deliberations.