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  1. Comment on In Profile: Ciarán Mulholland independent council candidate for Black Mountain
    on 18 February 2014 at 5:21 pm

    I know Ciarán from time spent with him at Irish College in the Donegal Gaeltacht. I have to say, even then, he was a guy who was impressive in his commitment and pride in his community. It must take a lot of gumption to actually have the courage of your convictions and make a stand for the people and principles you value.

    I don’t know how much headway he can make in Black Mountain. That being said, there aren’t many men I’d rather have representing me in BCC than him.

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  2. Comment on Gerry Adams on the ‘current situation in Northern Ireland’
    on 7 February 2014 at 3:48 pm

    Michael Gillespie,

    I’m sympathetic to your attempts to think outside the box regarding the relationships between the nations that share these islands. I think your ideas regarding some sort of accommodation for the monarchy within a united Ireland bare closer scrutiny and should not simply be dismissed as eccentric. Your posts here, however, are a little dogmatic, and repetitive in extremis – maybe plug your book a little less and engage with the topics at hand a bit more.

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  3. Comment on When Manley met Marty
    on 6 February 2014 at 1:46 pm

    “Sounds like Mary Lou. She seems to be the best option.”

    More likely Pearse. Being from Donegal he can more easily straddle the northern and southern elements of the electorate.

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  4. Comment on DUP: “the public may well ask whether then or now they have been misled” #Paisley
    on 21 January 2014 at 9:14 pm

    “By the way, Patrick McGoohan (he of ‘The Prisoner’ took the lead in a Columbo episode about Irish-American support for terrorism. I’m not sure if that episode went down well in parts of Boston. To me it looked as if PMcG was setting his face resolutely against terrorism.”


    Apologies for the pedantry, but the Columbo episode you refer to is called “The Conspirators” and starred not the great Patrick McGoohan (who was in many other great Columbo episodes) but British/New Zealand actor Clive Revill. Mr Revill’s attempt at an Irish accent was sinfully bad.

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  5. Comment on Richard Haass asks NI politicians that immortal question: “Do you have a flag?”
    on 4 December 2013 at 2:46 pm

    A friend of mine suggested that the two weavers from “The Emperor’s New Clothes” might be suitable men to manufacture a new NI flag… I quite agree.

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  6. Comment on Social attitudes within the DUP beginning to drift towards social liberalism?
    on 28 November 2013 at 4:22 pm


    That pretty much sums up my attitude to politics in Ireland. But for partition I probably wouldn’t vote Sinn Féin.

    Regarding your desire to see the “normalisation” of politics here, I’d say that it’s probably wishful thinking… at least until the abnormal situation in this country has been resolved. That will only happen in a permanent way with national reconciliation and reunification. I can think of no other way to finally put the whole rotten, centuries old fight behind us. The abnormal status quo will always cause uncertainty and instability.

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  7. Comment on Update-When Manley met Robinson – Irish News finally gets an interview
    on 22 November 2013 at 1:54 pm

    As someone who would quite happily self-describe as a pro-business, socially conservative Catholic I can be quite categorical in stating that I have never considered and never will consider voting for any unionist party, or indeed any party that is ‘agnostic’ on the union.

    Partition is an open wound on the face of this country that has done and is doing lasting damage. Until that wound is healed all other “bread and butter” issues pale in comparative importance. I’ll keep biting my lip and voting for the lefty republicans in the forlorn hope that someone with the philosophy of Pearse, Collins or Lemass comes to the fore once again.

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  8. Comment on SDLP need a ‘violent storm’ or two to learn how to sail a ‘ship of war’…
    on 12 November 2013 at 9:55 pm

    Mr. Gould,

    Funny that the Irish people provided both educational and health institutions for themselves before the 1960s thanks to their own hard work and dedication and the hard work and dedication of the Church.

    The welfare state is not way to redistribute income.

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  9. Comment on SDLP need a ‘violent storm’ or two to learn how to sail a ‘ship of war’…
    on 12 November 2013 at 9:49 pm

    Mr. Gould,

    How many on free school meals in Eton? How many in Blackrock?

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