WHEN Mary Lou McDonald was asked about the chances of a breakthrough in the talks process due to begin next week, her answer was brutally simple: "If you're asking me are we going to capitulate on behalf of citizens in the north to people who wish to hold back progress in every form, to people who do not wish to make room for others in an open democratic society, then the answer to that is no.
BACK in 2006 I reported on the proposed end of the Diplock court system the following year, reflecting on the chequered past of that unique style of non-jury justice that was such a big part of Northern Ireland's conflict.
IT is difficult not to share the sense of severe disappointment held by the family of a Muckamore Abbey patient at the disclosure that the Department of Health does not believe a public inquiry should be held into appalling events in the psychiatric hospital.
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).
THE point has already been well made by others, including Fionnuala O Connor here yesterday, that Fr Magill's remarks last Thursday were a classic example of the injunction, "first cast the beam out of your own eye and then you will see clearly to cast the mote out of your brother's eye".
ONE of the outstandingly positive features of life in Ireland, both north and south, in recent years is the number of people from other countries who have chosen to make their homes and build their futures here.