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.

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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”

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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

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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.

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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”

British politician’s display of ignorance shows what Ireland and EU are up against dealing with Brexit Britain

We’ve got used to ignorant and often offensive comments about Ireland and the Irish from British politicians frustrated that they aren’t getting their own way over Brexit.

Former MEP Stanley Johnson said the Irish should be allowed to get on and shoot each other if they don’t like having a border between Northern Ireland and the Republic. His son Boris, former British Foreign Secretary no less, described the border as just a “gnat” of a problem being used by Ireland and the EU as a way of frustrating Brexit. Continue reading “British politician’s display of ignorance shows what Ireland and EU are up against dealing with Brexit Britain”

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”

Sinn Féin ‘won’t break their vow’ by going go to London to rescue Theresa May’s Brexit deal

Britain has got itself into an incredible mess over Brexit as it tries to negotiate a deal with the European Union.

The key difficulty for Prime Minister Theresa May is that British voters were told by Leave campaigners that Europe needed Britain more than Britain need Europe and so the EU would let them leave while maintaining the same benefits as being a member. Continue reading “Sinn Féin ‘won’t break their vow’ by going go to London to rescue Theresa May’s Brexit deal”

Britain must not be a colony – says man who celebrates Britain’s colonisation of others

The British pride themselves on their sense of irony but sometimes it seems to fail them completely.

Brexit has made those failures more commonplace. For example, at the start of the Brexit negotiating process, the Leave campaigners boasted they could get any deal they wanted because Britain was so powerful that the EU they would roll over and accept their demands, no matter how unreasonable. Continue reading “Britain must not be a colony – says man who celebrates Britain’s colonisation of others”

Trump ‘planning to visit Ireland in the run up to next presidential election’

President Trump is planning to visit Ireland again before the next presidential election, according to sources in the Irish media.

He had originally intended to visit the country on his way to the Armistice Day commemorations in France. The White House said he wanted “to renew the deep and historic ties between our two nations”.

Continue reading “Trump ‘planning to visit Ireland in the run up to next presidential election’”