Gaza – A Wound in the World…

The parallels between the history of the island of Ireland, and the history of Palestine and Israel, has led many here to take a side on the Middle East that best matches their own experiences and, frankly, use it as a proxy for our own division. A visitor to our shores from the region, upon seeing the serried ranks of Israeli and Palestinian flags in various parts of Belfast, commented that such vicarious conflict amounted to ‘pissing through another man’s …

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Power of the People

a view of the clouds from a plane

Lost amidst the hullaballoo of recent days was an article from Rory Carroll in the Guardian marking 20 years since Ireland, in a world-first, introduced a smoking ban in workplaces, pubs and restaurants. Journalists from all over the world descended onto the Republic to see this novel social experiment in action and to see whether it would stick. To the surprise of many, stick it did, and similar legislation has been adopted by multiple other countries in the years since. …

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The Social Democrats, the Labour Party and the Social Democratic and Labour Party.

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David McCann of this parish posted an interesting article yesterday in the Irish News noting that Irish Labour at their weekend conference called for the next government to establish a department to begin planning for Irish unity. While welcoming this as part of the ‘growing interest in the conversation regarding the constitutional future of Ireland’, David does pose the killer question…   ‘Yet, as was pointed out on social media, will Labour be in any position to deliver any of …

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Should reconcilation happen before or after any potential reunification?

Together sign

Interesting articles from Chris Donnelly in the Irish News, from the article: In case you missed the memo, reconciliation is the new supermajority. Just as 50 per cent-plus-one is not enough for Irish unity, and in fact would be downright dangerous, so it is the case that unity must now only be considered in the event of the north of Ireland being transformed into the land of milk and honey, a Shangri-La from the Foyle to the Lagan where peace …

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Open sunday – politics free zone…

Street vendor with a suitcase

In addition to our normal open Sunday, we have a politics-free post to give you all a break. So discuss what you like here, but no politics. Slugger TeamAccount for general posts

Open sunday – politics free zone…

Street vendor with a suitcase

In addition to our normal open Sunday, we have a politics-free post to give you all a break. So discuss what you like here, but no politics. Slugger TeamAccount for general posts

Open sunday – politics free zone…

Street vendor with a suitcase

In addition to our normal open Sunday, we have a politics-free post to give you all a break. So discuss what you like here, but no politics. Slugger TeamAccount for general posts

Open sunday – politics free zone…

Street vendor with a suitcase

In addition to our normal open Sunday, we have a politics-free post to give you all a break. So discuss what you like here, but no politics. Slugger TeamAccount for general posts

Open sunday – politics free zone…

Street vendor with a suitcase

In addition to our normal open Sunday, we have a politics-free post to give you all a break. So discuss what you like here, but no politics. Slugger TeamAccount for general posts

Open sunday – politics free zone…

Street vendor with a suitcase

In addition to our normal open Sunday, we have a politics-free post to give you all a break. So discuss what you like here, but no politics. Slugger TeamAccount for general posts

Open sunday – politics free zone…

Street vendor with a suitcase

In addition to our normal open Sunday, we have a politics-free post to give you all a break. So discuss what you like here, but no politics. Slugger TeamAccount for general posts

Top 5 Live Albums..

audience, band, celebration

Music is a gateway to new ideas, thoughts, and experiences. It is life-changing and life-affirming. I think we would all be better off if we made more time for listening to music, especially music outside our comfort zone and experience. I don’t know what I would do without it, its brought me great friendships, cheered me up, saved me from depression, and changed my worldview. But recently I have had to contemplate the idea that music may be lost to …

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Mary Lou McDonald congratulates Queen Elizabeth II

When it comes to Queen’s and Jubilee’s, one doesn’t think about Sinn Fein as natural bedfellows. The republican party is ideologically opposed to the principle of hereditary succession. However in a moment, which feels rare in recent times, of reconciliation Mary Lou McDonald built upon the decision by previous party President Martin McGuinness to send warm words to the monarch on her 70th year on the throne. Some might question the seriousness of this kind of reconciliation, the notion that …

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