Articles published in 2018

Ireland has shed its historic culture at a speed that amazes

What next for Ireland now that the Republic has astounded the pundits by producing a landslide in favour of overturning the 1983 constitutional amendment that gave equal rights to the unborn? Published: 27 May 2018 As the journalist Jason O'Mahony tweeted pithily:...

The Left must realise Israel has the right of self-defence

Once decent Labour Party must ditch the anti-Semitism and refind its soul, says Ruth Dudley Edwards Published: 21 May 2018 Among the uglier manifestations of the new Labour establishment is a hatred of Israel so profound as to be indistinguishable from pathological...

Republicans retreat into their miserabilist ghetto

Sinn Fein's mendacious rewriting of history now sees its members recast as civil rights heroes Published: Sunday 20 May 2018 Of course I know that the bloodstained record it defends, and the lies, corruption and destructiveness of the contemporary Irish republican...

What’s so illiberal about debating abortion?

What’s so illiberal about debating abortion? I’m with Julie Bindel in fighting disgusting practices such as Female Genital Mutilation and in standing up to the trans mob, but I part company with her over the abortion debate in Ireland, about which she is so impatient.

Not for nothing was Barbara Bush known as ‘The Enforcer’

Tough, funny and effective, Barbara Bush was pre-eminent among recent US first ladies, writes Ruth Dudley Edwards Published: Sunday 22 April 2018 Barbara Bush, tougher than her husband and known to her family as 'The Enforcer', is probably the most popular of all...

Why we’d all KILL for a great crime novel

  More people are now reading murder mysteries than any other fiction. RUTH DUDLEY EDWARDS says it's because of our yearning for justice Published: 12 April 2018 As a crime writer, I'm delighted, but not surprised, that crime fiction has been declared the most...

Two states celebrate Sean O’Callaghan

‘If we can’t forgive Sean O’Callaghan, who can we forgive?” was asked by a born-again Christian last Wednesday at the wake Sean’s family and friends held after an extraordinary memorial service, full of great music and challenging words.

Sean O’Callaghan: IRA killer turned police informer

O’Callaghan was a man who put himself in mortal danger for several years by working within the senior ranks of the IRA as a police agent for the Irish state. As he knew all too well, anyone exposed as an informer/traitor/tout, could expect to be tortured and murdered by his erstwhile colleagues.

Why I think the Good Friday Agreement needs to be fixed

Despite the fuss, my criticisms of the Belfast Agreement have nothing to do with Brexit, writes Ruth Dudley Edwards Published: Sunday 25 February 2018 Last week an article of mine in The Daily Telegraph sparked off a big row between Brexiteers and Remainers over the...

No one in their right mind would ever envy Mary Lou

In normal political parties almost everyone wants to be leader. But how many senior people in Sinn Fein truly envy Mary Lou McDonald as – in theory at least – she takes control of the morass that is the island-wide party?

Omagh fight for justice offers hope to families of Hyde Park victims

The news yesterday that the Hyde Park Justice Campaign has scored a famous victory took me back almost 15 years. It was on August 8, 2003 that Paul Murphy, the then Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, announced that legal aid would be provided to the families taking a civil case against the Omagh bombers.

Corbyn’s been sucking up to IRA monsters for decades

Towards the end of his interview with Gerry Adams yesterday, Andrew Marr asked him what difference the election of Jeremy Corbyn as Prime Minister would make, adding that the Labour leader has ‘always supported a united Ireland and he’s been a big backer of yours over years’.

Last Tango with Adams recalls a dance of death

“Last Tango in The Balmoral,” began a tweet from Gerry Adams on Friday, attaching his most recent blog, which appears weekly in Sinn Fein’s remaining Pravda (An Phoblact is now on-line only) – the Anderstonstown News – describing a dance he had had with Michelle O’Neill, now known as the “Leader of the North” – a title the Master Blogger Mick Fealty describes as “a bit Game of Thrones.”

Nicola Sturgeon is only flagging up her own failings

Spare a thought for Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of the Scottish Government and – faithfully supported by her husband, chief executive Peter Murrell – up to now the unchallenged leader of the Scottish National Party.

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