British politician mocked online for Irish history clanger

A British politician has found himself as the butt of several online jokes after his ignorance over Irish history sparked a series of sarcastic tweets.

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Member of the European Parliament Daniel Hannan was tweeting about the ongoing saga of Britain leaving the EU. Continue reading “British politician mocked online for Irish history clanger”

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Taoiseach Varadkar fears British soldiers may return to NI border as Ireland being ‘victimised’ by Brexit

Taoiseach Varadkar fears British soldiers may return to NI border as Ireland being ‘victimised’ by Brexit

Ireland’s Taoiseach Leo Varadkar says Ireland is being ‘victimised’ by the Brexit process and he now fears that British soldiers may return to the North.

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That’s a scenario likely to send a shudder through those who remember and lived through the Troubles.

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Former Irish president Mary McAleese reveals her fights with Catholic Church and how Pope refused to shake hand

The former President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, has spoken about how she was treated with hostility by some leading figures in the Catholic Church and how Pope John Paul II refused to shake her hand when she met him.

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Speaking at the Irish American Partnership in Boston, she described how the Pope instead of greeting her, turned to her husband and said: “Would you not prefer to be the president of Ireland instead of your wife?”

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British Prime Minister Theresa May warns of a United Ireland if there’s a ‘No Deal’ Brexit

British Prime Minister Theresa May has warned that a ‘No Deal Brexit’ could lead to a United Ireland.

Mrs May was speaking in the build-up to the crucial vote in the House of Commons on the compromise Brexit deal, the Withdrawal Agreement, that she has negotiated with the European Union over the last two years.

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Echoes of the Famine: British politician suggests threatening Ireland with food shortages over Brexit

Secret papers drawn up by the British government suggest that Ireland could suffer food shortages if Britain has to leave the European Union without securing a good trade deal.

The documents were leaked to the Times newspaper, which says they were seized upon by some government ministers as a way of putting pressure on Ireland to be more supportive in the Brexit negotiations. Continue reading “Echoes of the Famine: British politician suggests threatening Ireland with food shortages over Brexit”

Unionists fight plan for council workers to wear Easter Lily to commemorate 1916 Rising

Unionists fight plan for council workers to wear Easter Lily to commemorate 1916 Rising

The Democratic Unionist Party is opposing moves to allow council workers to wear the Easter Lily to commemorate those who died during the 1916 Rising. Continue reading “Unionists fight plan for council workers to wear Easter Lily to commemorate 1916 Rising”

President Kennedy’s ‘Twitter feed’ shows he faced many similar issues to President Trump

From President Kennedy in the 1960s to President Trump in the present day seems like a massive gulf but a scroll through the issues featured on both men’s Twitter feeds shows that they faced many similar issues – albeit they looked upon them in contrasting ways.

For anyone doing a double take on the idea of President Kennedy having a twitter feed, it was set up by the  JFK Library Foundation for the Words Count campaign. It features some of Kennedy’s quotes as a way of  “inspiring a new generation with his message”. Continue reading “President Kennedy’s ‘Twitter feed’ shows he faced many similar issues to President Trump”

Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar outlines his vision of a United Ireland – something Brexit Britain might hasten

The possibility of a United Ireland was unthinkable a few years, now it’s being discussed openly by both Nationalists and Loyalists, albeit with different levels of enthusiasm.

Even the keenest advocates of reunification accept it’s still a long way off, but changing circumstances mean it’s no longer just a pipe dream. Even Northern Ireland’s former DUP First Minister Peter Robinson says Loyalists need to take it seriously and prepare for a possible referendum on the issue. Continue reading “Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar outlines his vision of a United Ireland – something Brexit Britain might hasten”

100 years ago the British put a border across Ireland – now it may bring down their government

The British must be wishing they had never put a border across Ireland to create an artificial divide between North and South.

It may have seemed a good idea to them at the time, allowing them to keep control of the newly created ‘Northern Ireland’ while reluctantly ceding self-rule to the rebellious, nationalist south.

But now the shady dealing of a century ago has come back to haunt them, because the border has proved an impossible sticking point in Britain’s negotiations with its European neighbours as it tries to leave the European Union. Continue reading “100 years ago the British put a border across Ireland – now it may bring down their government”

Theresa May stands up to bullying by Ulster Unionists playing the Orange card

British Prime Minister Theresa May has been something of a political punch bag over the last two years, pulled this way and that by different factions within her party who all want a different version of Brexit.

Now she faces another crisis as the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) threatens to bring down her government because her Brexit deal proposes a slightly different status for Northern Ireland than for the rest of the UK. Leader Arlene Foster, pictured above,  said: “Of course there will be consequences. We could not as Unionists support a deal that broke up the United Kingdom.” Continue reading “Theresa May stands up to bullying by Ulster Unionists playing the Orange card”