Tag: Ireland

Myths About History Can Lead to Future Errors

Myths About History Can Lead to Future Errors

An unrealistic understanding of the past can lead popular opinion and politicians into tragic errors. The historian Felix Larkin has recently published a collection of essays, entitled “Living With History,” which deals with the use and abuse of historical commemorations — and of...

The Reality of Abortion in Northern Ireland

The Reality of Abortion in Northern Ireland

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...

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

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

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

How Washington Turned Ireland Into an International Scofflaw

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

Apple Tax Case and Investment in Europe

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

Remembering Ireland’s 1916 Easter Rebellion

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

Roger Casement: Remembering a Forgotten Hero

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

No Sinn Fein, Responsibility Comes With Power

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?

Is Urbanization Good For Us?

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

Ireland: Remembering September 18, 1914

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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