Dublin by numbers

  It is all a bit anoraky, but the statistics behind Dublin’s games this year are fascinating. Especially for those of us whose other interests include American sports like NBA basketball and the NFL. Jim Gavin is an NFL fan, and Jason Sherlock. one of the ley backroom boffins, played basketball at a high level. It […]

The end of the road?

  Although talks between Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire and the five main Assembly parties are due to begin on Monday, there is little optimism that they will lead to a resurrection of the Executive. A tweet from Michelle O’Neill on Saturday proposed that any “talks be focused and time limited,” but anyone seeking to […]

Sinn Féin and the European Union

  Four quotes on the European Union: “Outside the EEC we would still be able to have a close trading relationship with the member states…. We would also regain control over our own economic development and policies.” “We want a negotiated withdrawal from the EC.” “Democracy was being undermined by the EC system… we should […]

A critical review of A Tunnel to the Moon

  This is a review of Matt Treacy’s book by a member of Sinn Féin. Published in the interest of balance.     Frankly, while I enjoyed reading Matt’s book I think he might have been better to have sat on it for a while. While he and others assert their right to tell their […]

The left and Islamism – A curious tale

  It was perhaps unfortunate that a protest in support of Ibrahim Halawa ought to have coincided with the Islamist mass murder in Barcelona. It was also interesting that the RTE report on the protest for its 6 o’clock TV news was amended by 9 o’clock to omit the earlier reference to the Taoiseach’s call […]

Review of A Tunnel to the Moon

  http://thepensivequill.am/2017/06/a-tunnel-to-moon.html     The book is available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Tunnel-Moon-Irish-Republican-Army/dp/0244322422/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1502716912&sr=8-1&keywords=9780244322427


    Yes, the decision to ban the large Dublin flag from Hill 16 smacks of pettiness. Nor is it clear who exactly decided on the issue. At first it was claimed that the Dublin fire authorities had asked for it to be removed for “health and safety” reasons.   That does not seem so […]

Socialism or barbarism – well, you can have both

  In 1916 the Polish Marxist Rosa Luxemburg posited that the choice  facing humanity was between “socialism and barbarism.” Little did she realise that the two  are far from being incompatible.  Indeed as a Jew she would have been unlikely  to have survived the division of her homeland between the National and Internationalist socialists of […]

The greatest ?

    Had Meath not beaten Dublin in 2010, Dublin would have won 13 Leinster championships in a row last Sunday. As it happened they accomplished a record seven in succession. Thus outbidding the great Dublin team of the 1970s who won six between 1974 and 1979.   It was only the latest of records […]

The Thieves’ Kitchen

    Today is the birthday of Kgalema Motlanthe. He was President of South Africa for a short period between 2008 and 2009 but few will recognise his name.   Like many leading figures in South Africa he came up the hard way. He was a member of Umkhonto we Sizwe, the armed wing of […]