I wish the British press would stop referring to the border through our country as the Irish border. Headlines like ‘Irish border could derail Brexit’ or ‘Irish border is being used to frustrate democracy and the will of the British voter’.
For the women of Ireland this year’s International Women’s Day, last Thursday March 8, had a particular significance, over and above the normal celebration and recognition of women’s place in Irish society.
A schism is a bitter near irreconcilable dispute between two groups lasting a long time. But Stormonts MLA schism must not impede an offensive by Derry’s seven parliamentarians, five MLAs, MP Elisha McCallion and Derry-based MEP Martina Anderson from helping get properly paid overseas jobs into Derry.
It is just over a month since the Diocese of Dromore issued a statement regarding the abusive activities of Fr Malachy Finegan, former president of St Colman's College, Newry and parish priest of Clonduff parish.
Recent debates on Brexit, often boring and repetitive, have occupied the minds of many people, some intellectually gifted, others with at least a basic knowledge of the world and economics but far too many engaging in old-fashioned partitionist politics that fly in the face of a progressive and modern world free from borders that prevent the movement of goods, services, and above all actively promote stability and peace.
AS I sat in Committee Room 10 in Westminster last week I was conscious that just down the corridor was the infamous Committee Room 15 where 44 of the 73 members of the Irish Parliamentary Party voted to remove the legendary Charles Stewart Parnell as leader following the divorce crisis.
FAR be it for this column to suggest that the DUP has a somewhat slender grasp of economic reality, but it is difficult to avoid the conclusion that Sammy Wilson, for example, is not closely acquainted with the theory or practice of borders.
STORMONT looks dead this side of Brexit, with even Simon Hamilton - the most dovish of DUP negotiators - telling Westminster's Northern Ireland Affairs Committee that devolution's prospects are "bleak.