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So how do you like them Apples, Enda?

  AT first and maybe second glance, it seems crazy. Enda Kenny and his Cabinet have agreed that they’ll appeal against that European Commission ruling which says that the south of Ireland should be given £11 billion in unpaid taxes by Apple. The CEO of Apple, Tim Cook, says he’s very confident the ruling will […]

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Getting hung up on nationality

  It’s funny the things that set our blood simmering. I was online the other day, trying to enter for the Dublin Half-Marathon next month. I got to a Required slot that demanded “Nationality”. Nothing wrong with that, except that it wouldn’t let me write “Irish”. I had to choose from a long list on […]

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Actions speak louder than words… and guns

  “If you tell a lie long enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.” Goebbels had a point. Try googling “When was America discovered?” Immediately “1492” pops up, and the man who made the discovery is declared to be Christopher Columbus. This is hard-core rubbish. What they really mean is […]

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Reassuring words at Féile from a champion of justice

  I WAS at the P J McGrory Memorial Lecture in St Mary’s University College on Friday last, given by the distinguished English barrister Michael Mansfield. It was the first time I’d seen in the flesh this man whose legal work has woven in and out through the history of the Troubles. He has represented […]

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When sorry is not enough

  You’ve probably heard by now – there’s to be a fresh inquiry into the Kingsmill massacre. Ten Protestants were killed after they’d been ordered from their van. There was one survivor. It happened back in 1976 but in May of this year, the PSNI said they had a “potential DNA match” relating to a […]

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The good, the bad and the ugly of life on Twitter

  About two months ago I typed four words and was astonished at the passion-filled response they elicited. The four words were “A bit like this”: I was responding on Twitter to a picture of a paramilitary parade in Lurgan and an accompanying comment about Shocking Paramilitary Demonstration In Front Of Children. (There was one […]

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