Whether or not you agreed with Justice Minister Alan Shatter’s comment that he found Gerry Adam’s remarks about the Smithwick Report “nauseating” , one thing is abundantly clear. Gerry Adams is now a liability for Sinn Fein and out of step with public thinking. The man who denies he was in the IRA, when only the delusional believe him, is a political dinosaur. I have said it before in this column and I will say it again, he should stand aside.
Nelson Mandela was a colossus. He did not seek revenge. He was a healer and in every sense gave birth to a rainbow nation. His passing brought me back to 1969 when I worked in an Anglican Mission in South Africa. It was at the Charles Johnson Memorial Hospital in Natal.
An act of “vandalism” in the Dail according to Ceann Comhairle, Sean Barrett. What was this outrageous act ? Had Independent T.D. Ming Flanagan smashed the government benches or thrown a missile at the self important Sean ?
So, welcome to 2014, the year when you can legally get stoned in Colorado. Yes, from the first of January you are able to buy marijuana for recreational use in cities like Denver.
So 2014’s political season gets off to a flying start, or should I say in the case of Irish Water, a deluge. Fine Gael’s political enforcer, and Minister of the Environment announces “ You can’t make an omelette without
This week for reasons that I don’t need to go into, I have had cause to reflect on wider issues than the normal cut and trust of political discourse.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War. This, combined with the awful images on our television screens of the cold blooded killings in Kiev, is deeply unsettling.
Wouldn’t you like to be a fly on the wall when the subject of Alan Shatter comes up in conversation between Michael Noonan, Minister for Finance, and Richard Bruton, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation
Driving through the Phoenix Park on Thursday I saw a couple of people practising cricket. It seemed a bit weird on a slightly misty March afternoon.
For a considerable time I have been unable to write my weekly column. To be honest I have been confronting some pretty serious health issues, but more of that on another day. However, the truth of the matter is that it gives one a certain perspective on things, and day by day I have watched events unfold with a burning sense of rage and cynicism.