Irish spoken in British parliament for first time in 100 years – by a British politician

The Irish language has been spoken in the home of the British government for the first time in more than 100 years – and it was a British politician who came out with the ‘cupla focal’.

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Liz Saville-Roberts is Member of Parliament for the Welsh party Plaid Cymru. She was speaking in the House of Commons on the need for an Irish Language Act. Continue reading “Irish spoken in British parliament for first time in 100 years – by a British politician”

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Irish nationalist Michael Collins has been called the “greatest Irishman that ever lived” after masterminding military operations in the Irish War of Independence and helping negotiate the treaty with the British that brought the Irish Free State into being. Find out more.

Taoiseach says some British annoyed Ireland stood up for itself won’t follow UK lead over Brexit

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has eased off on his normally diplomatic and understated style to claim that parts of the British ruling establishment are annoyed that Ireland has not fallen into line with the UK over Brexit.

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Ireland is at the heart of the Brexit negotiations because of the need for a solution to the problem of the Northern Ireland border with the Republic, which will also become the border between the UK and European Union. Continue reading “Taoiseach says some British annoyed Ireland stood up for itself won’t follow UK lead over Brexit”

English MP says what should happen in Ireland, then shows his amazing ignorance

An English MP has become the latest British politician to demonstrate that he knows very little about Ireland but still feels entitled to say what it should do.

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Andrew Bridgen is an MP in Leicestershire and a fervent supporter of Brexit, the UK’s decision to leave the European Union.

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Let the Irish shoot each other’ – UK’s Brexit backers reach a new low

The father of British politician Boris Johnson has suggested that the Irish should not be allowed to get in the way of Brexit and should be left to shoot each other if that’s what they want to do.

Stanley Johnson, who is himself a former Member of the European Parliament, was speaking on daytime television about the UK’s decision to leave the European Union.

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Ireland was born though famine, not the ‘nonsense’ of 1916, says Bob Geldof

Rock star and charity fundraiser Bob Geldof says Ireland the nation was born out of the Famine, not the 1916 Easter Rising, which he described as ‘nonsense’.

The Famine is the most tragic event in Irish history and remains controversial even today. Between one and two million died of hunger or related diseases and a million more were forced to emigrate. The devastation it caused was felt long into the 20th century.

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Heavy smoking ‘damaged teeth of famine victims – men, women and teenagers’

Smoking was rife during the Famine among both men and women, according to a new study.

Sadly, while smoking a pipe may have given people a tiny bit of comfort during their suffering, it would have had negative consequences to their teeth.

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When a Jameson whiskey heir was involved in cannibalism scandal

The Irish whiskey barons, the Jamesons, were one of the premier families of the British Empire in the 19th century but they were shaken to the core by a scandal involving cannibalism in deepest Africa.

James Jameson was one of the heirs to his family’s vast fortune, but he had little interest in distilling whiskey. Since childhood he had been fascinated by nature and spent most of his spare time sketching birds and butterflies in the countryside of his native Co Sligo.

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The IRA attack that the Queen described as the worst day of her life

Queen Elizabeth and her family suffered personal tragedy as a result of terrorist attacks during the Troubles in Northern Ireland.

Her second cousin, Earl Mountbatten, who was also the uncle of her husband Prince Philip, was assassinated by the IRA while he was fishing off the coast of Co Sligo. His boat was blown apart by a radio-controlled bomb.

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Comedian Patrick Kielty berates ‘deluded’ British politician over Irish border

Guest writer, Nick Sinnott

Irish comedian Patrick Kielty has sent a blistering rebuke to British politician Boris Johnson for his “blundering delusions” over the border in Northern Ireland.

The Irish border has been become a major issue because of Brexit, the UK decision to leave the European Union following a bitter referendum campaign.

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