January Articles

Relationship between O’Neill and McDonald will come under great strain

​Last week was certainly an interesting time to look at female politicians in action in our two islands. Published: 5 February 2024 As a long-standing feminist since the days when female politicians were as rare as white blackbirds, I should have been thrilled that in...

Mass migration is dashing Sinn Fein’s dreams

While it brags about Irish unity, the party is facing trouble with voters given its pro-immigration stance Published: 31 January 2024 On the one hand, Mary Lou McDonald, Sinn Fein president and leader of the opposition in the Republic of Ireland, is triumphant. This...

Under Nicola Sturgeon, I had long seen the SNP adopting Sinn Fein practices

​I could never bear Nicola Sturgeon. It wasn’t because of her politics. I like many people I don’t agree with. But her narcissism and self-righteousness made my flesh creep. And I thought it a disgrace that her husband Peter Murrell was the chief executive of her...

On the subject of immigration, Ireland really ought to learn from the UK’s mistakes

“There is an ominous stench in Ireland's political sewer,” wrote the maverick one-time independent senator, TD and minister, Shane Ross, at the weekend. Published: 23 January 2024 Like many, he is alarmed by the rising rage of ordinary citizens at the sheer numbers of...

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