Just about all of the Sunday papers tackle Fr Alec Reid’s comments in one way or another, and Henry McDonald, in the Observer, takes issue with “The Irish conceit – the belief that ‘we’ are the most special, gifted, talented, put-down and oppressed people to walk upright on this planet”, and points to the interview on Radio Ulster’s Arts Extra with John Banville.. who’s clearly enjoying his 15 minutes – listen to the interview here – [first 10 minutes on the show – Ed].. and his comment, on the international guild of writers, that “We think of ourselves as writers.. it’s a cosmopolitan business” reminded me of an earlier post on taking a similar approach to the political process.
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