Seamus Mallon (May 17) gives encouragement and succour to the ‘never, never, never, no, no, no’ intransigent culture of unionism and adds to the long-fingered approach to Irish unity which has been the hallmark of many Irish politicians over the years – Conor Cruise O’Brien, Fitzgerald, Cooney and co – who on more than one occasion pleaded with the Brits not to desert us.
Numbers vary as to the quantity of unionists who voted to remain in the EU in 2016 but it is acknowledged that they constitute a sizeable proportion of the majority in Northern Ireland who rejected the ‘leave’ option.
Cancer Focus Northern Ireland would like to thank people for their support during their recent collection in the area. The collection took place on Friday April 12 raising a total of £213.70 for the charity. Cancer Focus NI is a local charity fighting against cancer. All the money raised stays in Northern Ireland to benefit your local community.
ON Thursday Europeans are going to the polls to determine the future of the European Union. More than ever, it is up to us to take a stand to assume responsibility, and in the spirit of the European idea to support an open market, freedom, diversity, transparency, democracy and peace.
As the Stormont talks proceed one can only hope that the talks focus on real issues such as health and education (these two sectors alone account for more than 33p in every £ spent here) not what colour of flag goes up, down, where and how often in a given year?
A car bedecked with Sinn Féin posters and loudspeakers proclaiming in song, “we’re on the one road, maybe the wrong road, but we’re together now who cares”, seems a pretty apt reflection of the lack of strategic dynamism of that party, confounding political pundit Chris Donnelly, who three weeks previously had predicted significant gains by the party in the local government elections.
According to Fionnuala O Connor, ‘Rome is not going to change – on sexuality, abortion, on punishment for clerical sexual abuse and its enablement – until decent Catholics, lay and clerical, demand it’ (April 30).