Every few years another English politician with little or no interest about the north or wider Irish affairs arrives to a fanfare from media outlets, tripping over themselves to get the best profile of our new ‘secretary of state’.
I read with some interest Clare Bailey MLA’s letter (January 11), about Archbishop Martin urging Catholics to lobby public representatives not to proceed with the proposed legislation of the Republic’s abortion law.
It is with some scepticism that I heard Michelle O’Neill and Conor Murphy have both announced their support for the letter in The Irish News (December 4) addressed to the taoiseach from the nationalist people in Northern Ireland requesting that the Irish government look after their needs
There was something profoundly depressing on BBC Talkback (January 4), to hear the Brexiteers one after one attack Tony Blair for, as they perceived it, daring to thwart the ‘will of the people’ by suggesting it might be a good idea to think again on Brexit in 2018 before it’s too late.
As we enter 2018 with no resolution to the dispute between Sinn Féin and the DUP in respect of re-establishing a power-sharing executive at Stormont perhaps it is time to reflect on what is really needed to allow the people on this part of the island of Ireland to achieve economic, cultural and social fulfilment. One suspects that these issues are much too important to be left to the current batch of politicians.
At this time of year, we all know the country is awash with scrumptious recipes on what to do with that highly EU-subsidised leftover Christmas turkey, (especially the brown meat reality of looming Brexit disaster).
Christmas is usually a happy time for children and families. However, for a small number of girls in our society the holidays present a time of vulnerability and greater risk of harm with the threat of being taken abroad to undergo female genital mutilation. (FGM).
On the day Anita Robinson article – ‘Stop giving capitalist Santa chimney space’ (December 12) – a school friend visited with his Italian wife both work fitting prosthetics and travel throughout Europe where the festive season is celebrated but generally don’t go ‘Santa doolally.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s response to the open letter in The Irish News (December 4) highlights the fundamental flaw in simply pursuing an internal ‘rights-based’ approach to the future of the six counties.