Articles published in 2018

Who makes my list of people to be banished from Ireland this year?

To get 2019 off to a good start we need to expel some of the worst sinners of 2018, writes Ruth Dudley Edwards Published 30 December 2018 It's time for my annual cathartic purge of people who should be removed from the country. And what better place to start looking...

‘How can any party go into coalition with toxic Sinn Fein?’

When I put myself in Mary Lou McDonald's shoes, I can almost feel some sympathy for herPublished: 2 December 2018Well, goodness me, poor Mary Lou McDonald continues to have a really rough time.Even the Taoiseach - who up to now appeared to be in blissful ignorance of...

‘Petulance and bullying are not a very good look for Mary Lou’

Defections, bad company, shocking manners and evading the truth make for a bad week, writes Ruth Dudley Edwards Published: 25 November 2019 Bearing in mind that Mary Lou McDonald persistently denies that her party's haemorrhaging of elected representatives is the...

‘Mary Lou gets in trouble with Sinn Fein’s back-room boys’

The disastrous Sinn Fein electoral performance has seriously weakened Mary Lou McDonald, says Ruth Dudley Edwards Published: 4 November 2018 So who really runs Sinn Fein? The same people as always, mostly. Despite what seem to be Mary Lou McDonald's occasional...

Blame adults, not the young, for those tiresome snowflakes

  We should be helping young victims of overprotective parents embrace debate, says Ruth Dudley Edwards Published: 21 October 2018 I'm struggling with my latest satirical crime novel, Death of a Snowflake, which is set on a campus dominated by virtue-signalling,...

So why should we vote for Michael D Higgins again?

  It's an unexciting field in the race for the presidency, but that's no reason to vote for the horse we know best, writes Ruth Dudley Edwards Published: 7 October 2018 Try as I might, I can't yet find a candidate to cheer for in the presidential race. It may be...

I say victim, you say perpetrator – a twisted version of facts

If Sinn Fein wins on the legacy proposals our government endorses, the law will become an accessory after the fact, writes Ruth Dudley Edwards Published: 16 September 2018 I'm rejoicing that the brave and dogged Mairia Cahill has been vindicated, that the PSNI Chief...

Corbyn sounds very much like his pal Adams

Jeremy Corbyn is trying but failing to wriggle his way out of accusations of anti-semitism, writes Ruth Dudley Edwards Published: 3 September 2018 I was having a look at Irish historical figures’ attitudes to Jews, for anti-semitism in these islands is much on my...

We must celebrate diversity of opinion rather than intolerance

Critics of the church are becoming as oppressive as the institution they attack, writes Ruth Dudley Edwards Published: 26 August 2018 'It was a censorious, bleak, closed-minded, unforgiving society of squinting windows and banned books and hellfire sermons. Dissent...

Unionists are debating the future – who is listening?

Foster and Robinson have made important speeches recently which we need to discuss, writes Ruth Dudley Edwards Published: 12 August 2018 I've been reading and hearing a lot recently about unionist attitudes to the possibility of losing a border poll on a united...

A bad time to border on hysteria

Taoiseach's attitude to Brexit is so extreme that he is becoming a British tabloid hate figure, writes Ruth Dudley Edwards Published: 29 July 2018 What on earth is going on with Leo Varadkar? Is he trying to appeal to Sinn Fein voters by making a bogus fuss about the...

A successful pilot run for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex

It didn't please republican puritans, but Irish people know how to greet strangers warmly, writes Ruth Dudley Edwards Published: 15 July 2018 'The fawning over #HarryandMeghan has been pretty nauseating," tweeted The Irish Times journalist Kitty Holland last...

It’s hard to please both southern voters and the IRA

Mary Lou McDonald has a tough time while she rides two such incompatible horses Published: 1 July 2018 Last week, the Belfast Newsletter had a major interview with Mary Lou McDonald. It can't have been easy, for she is simultaneously riding two horses of uncertain...

The plates may be moving, but who knows in which direction

Deep divisions remain between North and South - and within the North itself Published: 17 June 2018 As I was ruminating on the implications of Leo Varadkar allegedly telling Fine Gael TDs that "the plates are shifting in Irish politics", I accidentally came across a...

The voters must choose decency or barbarism

Published: 3 June 2018 Last Thursday, Dr Colum McCaffrey who taught Political Communication for 20 years in UCD, blogged about media partiality during the referendum campaign for Mary Lou McDonald as a Yes spokesperson. "Over the past few weeks journalists and...

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