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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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Pic of the day, Monday January 7

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Family of Jim Donegan ask for ‘no retaliation’ as funeral takes place in West Belfast

THE family of Jim ‘JD’ Donegan have called for “no retaliation, only justice” as the Requiem Mass of the murdered 43-year-old took place in St John’s Church on the Falls Road this morning. Mr Donegan was shot and killed as he waited to pick up his son from St Mary’s Grammar School on the Glen […]

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