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EYE ON THE PAST: January 18, 1975

‘War on all fronts’ says IRA after ceasefire breakdown AS an order went out from the Army Council of Óglaigh na hÉireann instructing all units that the ceasefire order given to them on December 20 last had been rescinded, an official spokesperson for the Brigade Staff of the IRA in Belfast told Andersonstown News: “The […]

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The spirit of the Kesh age

SQUINTER supposes most of us of a certain age have tried poitín at some time in our lives. Squinter certainly has, although he has to say he’s not a fan. It’s not that he’s afraid of going blind or suffering liver failure or anything like that – although the source of illegally distilled alcohol should […]

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De Gaulle was right: kick England out!

WITH Parliamentary arithmetic deadlocked on all options, the default position of ‘No-Deal’ Brexit looms larger. I voted to kick England out of Europe. Why? Because De Gaulle called it right. England doesn’t belong in Europe, remains Atlanticist, attached to imperial preference, consumed by the ‘great-game’ of divide-and-rule, of balancing powers in Europe, never committed to […]

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Takeover of SDLP won’t be all plain sailing for Micheál

NEWS that the SDLP is on the cusp of hooking up with Fianna Fáil hasn’t half spooked the horses. The problem’s not so much that the Stoops are flailing around to find a way to stave off their demise – that’s just common sense – the problem is that nobody outside a tiny cabal at […]

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Spotting enemies of the people

NEW Year files being declassified feel a lot less like history. This year it was disconcerting to read disclosure of NIO briefings from 1990 refer to friends and colleagues being named along with their organisations. The Committee on the Administration of Justice was the subject of one of the documents, a document we know was […]

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Battleoverdoyen looks Cheltenham-bound

Cheltenham Notebook Laurina was cut to 7/2 by local layers, Sean Graham for the Champion Hurdle after making no mistake when beating one rival on her return to action at Sandown on Saturday and she looked as good as ever so will be a massive danger to favourite Buveur D’air who is 6/4 favourite with the […]

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