Tag: Northern 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...

Britain’s Long Shadow Over Ireland

Britain’s Long Shadow Over Ireland

The Republic of Ireland has been an enthusiastic member of the European Union since 1973, having both gained and given so much from being part of the EU. In the toxic mayhem of Brexit Britain, one question is perhaps more confounding than most, namely how did the Irish backstop issue emerge as a...

What Ireland Can Teach Europe

What Ireland Can Teach Europe

Ireland is a small player, but it has much to teach its neighbors now suffering extremism, division and debt. The tiny Irish village of Ballingarry, in the heart of County Limerick, with its narrow streets and multiple churches, seems untouched by time and untroubled by the economic and...

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...

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