The Reality of Abortion in Northern Ireland

June 18, 2021

In April, the UK House of Commons formally approved a new directive requiring Northern Ireland’s Department of Health to take “concrete steps” to ensure full abortion services in the north before summer. The directive, which came after years of pressure from inside and outside the north, is...

The Word on the Street

April 30, 2021

For a Brexit Deal, How Difficult Is the Irish Backstop?

October 18, 2018

Reaching a Brexit deal is far from over. Just look how difficult it was for the Canada and Ukraine agreements. The harder the Brexit, the harder it will be to reach a resolution of the Irish border problem. In a joint report in December 2017, the United Kingdom agreed to respect Ireland’s...

How Washington Turned Ireland Into an International Scofflaw

November 02, 2016

Activists in Ireland are rallying against the US military’s use of Irish airspace for Washington’s wars. “We declare the right of the people of Ireland to the ownership of Ireland, and to the unfettered control of Irish destinies, to be sovereign and indefeasible.” So declared the Irish...

Apple Tax Case and Investment in Europe

September 18, 2016

Is the Apple decision good for investment in Europe? The European Commission (EC) decision that Ireland must collect €13 billion in back taxes from Apple has created quite a sensation. Most people agree that multinational companies can, and should, pay more tax. That general goal of the EC is...

Remembering Ireland’s 1916 Easter Rebellion

March 27, 2016

Ireland was a laboratory for every manner of colonial repression by the British. A hundred years after the Easter Rebellion, it is once again—this time by banks. Standing on the front steps of Dublin’s general post office a century ago, the poet Padraig Pearse announced the Poblacht na...

Roger Casement: Remembering a Forgotten Hero

March 24, 2016

Roger Casement spent his life fighting for the oppressed, but died isolated and reviled by many because of his sexuality. I walk past the Tower of London remembering the sea of red poppies that flowed over its walls last year in commemoration of the millions of lives lost in the First World War...

No Sinn Fein, Responsibility Comes With Power

March 20, 2015

Former Prime Minister John Bruton argues that an unwillingness to accept that with power comes responsibility is at the heart of the Northern Ireland crisis. I write about the following matter with some feeling because, like others, I have devoted a significant amount of time and effort over...

Is Urbanization Good For Us?

January 06, 2015

Former Irish Prime Minister John Bruton argues that Ireland has done exceptionally well to develop critical masses of skilled people. In global terms, the pull of ever bigger cities seems inexorable. In 1970, a third of the world’s population lived in cities, while more than half do so today....

Ireland: Remembering September 18, 1914

August 14, 2014

The centenary of Ireland’s achievement of Home Rule deserves to be remembered. I greatly enjoyed reading Fatal Path: British Government and Irish Revolution 1910-1922 by Ronan Fanning, a former professor of history at University College, Dublin.He demonstrates the huge difficulties that had to...

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