Belfast News Letter Articles

Sir Anthony was the best kind of patriot and a noble crusader for free speech

Fintan O'Toole, the Irish Times’s prize columnist for many years, wrote a staggeringly mean-spirited assessment of Sir Anthony O’Reilly shortly after his death on May 18. Published: 28 May 2024 He opined that being told as a school child that he was illegitimate was...

UK’s informal protection of the Republic is not enough any longer – it will have to make sacrifices to survive

When I first began publishing light-hearted crime fiction, I was quoted as “feeling intellectually English and temperamentally Irish”. This caused deep offence in some Irish quarters, but it remains pretty accurate. Published: 21 May 2024 My English genes are very...

The future isn’t so bright, Gerry Adams – you seem to have lost your people

Gerry Adams has been affronted by the announcement from the UK government of the setting up of the ‘Expert Advisory Panel for Public History of British Policy during the Northern Ireland Conflict’. Published: 14 May 2024 He made this clear on X (formerly known as...

Migrants come to Ireland because it is a softer touch even than the UK

​“Ireland’s difficulty is England’s opportunity,” said Arlene Foster with a grin as she introduced me on GB News on Sunday morning. Published: 6 May 2024 Arlene was jokingly inverting the old rallying cry of Irish nationalists that ‘England’s difficulty is Ireland’s...

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