Anyone who ever saw Anto Finnegan on the gaelic pitch will remember a tough and tenacious defender, energetically inspiring his team, tackling opponents like a tiger, always leading by example, wearing the Antrim brand of fortitude.
On the one hand there’s Michael Gove, the perpetrator of the sneakiest act in modern British politics, swanning around the Antrim Show assuring Brexit voting DUP supporters that all will be well in their Little England nirvana with his new subsidy regime.
In his recent address to the McGill Summer School in Donegal the DUP’s Edwin Poots spoke openly and at times positively about the Irish Language, saying “anyone who speaks and loves the Irish language is as much a part of Northern Ireland life as a collarette-wearing Orangeman”.
The funerals of three women yesterday provided an insight into the scale of the loss suffered by the community in south Donegal and the many lives devastated by Friday's horrific three-vehicle crash on the N2 near Ardee, Co Louth.
Harry Stephenson (July 18) seems a little confused about the history of consultations with the Republic’s electorate about the EU. From 1972 to date, there have been nine referendums, the latest in 2013.
As our politicians, north and south, leave us in peace for a few months and a welcome summer silence falls gently across the island, it might be a good time to reflect on the state of Ireland and its two Irish states.
THE much-discussed deal between the Conservatives and the DUP was supposed to last for a full five-year parliamentary term but has actually managed to run into considerable trouble within rather less than five weeks.