Friday, November 9, 2018
THE turn of the year is naturally a time to take stock and to look back over the highs and lows of the past 12 months. There are few years in recent history that have given us as many...
A hundred years before I saw the light of morn, In Edinburgh’s Cowgate James Connolly was born. The streets of Little Ireland were his home for many years, From the West Port to St Mary's Street, you feel him very near. Footsteps of...
WHEN he visited the Irish Famine Memorial in the US city of Philadelphia in mid-March, just before St Patrick’s Day, the Taoiseach—Enda Kenny TD—made an important speech about Ireland’s strong and enduring connection to its global diaspora. In the...
The controversial Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012 looks set to be scrapped following Labour MSP James Kelly’s Member’s Bill seeking to repeal the legislation. The bill, through which Kelly criticises the act as ‘an illiberal...
BRITISH politics has been thrown into turmoil by the ill-fated General Election called by Theresa May. The Conservatives remain the largest party and May remains Prime Minister, but the government’s future is uncertain. Uncertainty was the very reason Theresa May...
I GAVE a talk to a London audience recently on the subject of Ireland, the UK and the EU. In my remarks, I explained the positive impact four decades of EU membership has had on Ireland’s relations with our...
IT HAS been more than two years since the first open meeting of the Irish community in Glasgow was called to discuss building a memorial to An Gorta Mór (The Great Hunger). This announcement of our chosen site is...
MARTIN McGuinness is rarely out of the news. To some he is a patriot of deep faith, to others a blood-thirsty murderer. As his political career draws to a close it is time to examine the man and his...
THE relationship between Ireland and Scotland has many aspects. We have strong cultural, political, economic, sporting and community links, which bring significant benefits for both countries. Among these areas, recent developments in the Irish-Scottish economic and cultural relationship really...
GROWING up as a strong proponent of a united Ireland on the island itself isn’t always easy. The expressions you hear such as ‘we can’t afford it’ and ‘nobody wants it,’ were regular utterances from some I knew throughout...
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