Gerry Adams’ White House ‘controversy’: “Quite apart from being bumptious, paranoid and absurdly self-pitying…”

In the Irish News Newton Emerson highlights the unintended consequences of Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams’ intemperate outburst following his recent misunderstanding with security at the White House.  From the Irish News GERRY Adams could have been pragmatic and diplomatic about being locked out of President Obama’s St Patrick’s Day reception and simply laughed it off. It is all too believable that the White House has the same hapless jobsworths in its security hut as everywhere else – and that has …

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Whitey Bulger: “That’s our shipment. That’s ours!”

There’s been a familiar response from Sinn Féin’s Martin Ferris, TD, to the news of the arrest of Irish-American gangland boss, James ‘Whitey’ Bulger.  From the Irish News “I don’t know Whitey Bulger,” Mr Ferris said.  “I never met him.  I never had anything to do with him, ever.  “I never met him in my life.  You can get the transcripts of the trial and look at them.  There’s nothing about him.” It was reported that Bulger, an Irish American …

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‘Whitey’ Bulger arrested

The arrest of “Most Wanted” James ‘Whitey’ Bulger in Santa Monica, California, yesterday brings to an end a 16-year-long international manhunt that was proving to be an embarrassment to the FBI.  As the Boston Globe reports Bulger fled just before his federal racketeering indictment in January 1995. It was later revealed in federal court in Boston that he was a longtime FBI informant who had been warned by his corrupt handler, former FBI agent John J. Connolly Jr., that he was …

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Ministerial Responsibility? It depends on who the Minister is

On Twitter this morning, John O’Dowd made the reasonable point that many of the calls for the Minister to resign are attempts to score political points. The proof is that few who are currently calling for the resignation seem able to say why. If you go to the Sinn Fein website you’ll see they’re scaling up the ‘this is political’ charge with a decidedly ungenerous swipe at Conall McDevitt. But if you dig a little deeper and go back to …

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