May Articles

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...

Ireland has made its bed with the EU. It must lie in it

On one level, the migrant row is a mutually-helpful farce. But has something changed in UK-Irish ties? Published: 1 May 2024 Surveying the row over immigration policy in Ireland and the UK, I’m reminded of the Sham Fight, an annual event in Northern Ireland, in the...

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