Articles published in 2018

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.

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.

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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