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Gerry Adams’ post-factual parallel universe

The phrase “living in a parallel universe” is often used to describe the mind-set of people who inhabit a different moral space from most people and have created their own moral and factual order. This week it has been used about Gerry Adams as he wriggles and twists in an attempt to reconcile his membership [...]

December 13th, 2016|

Renzi’s reckless promises sealed his fate

Whatever the outcomes in today’s Italian referendum and the Austrian election for president, there is a sense of restlessness and unease abroad in the western democracies. It can be argued that the Italian referendum is not of any inherent international significance save for the fact that Matteo Renzi, the master of silly political gestures,  indicated [...]

December 5th, 2016|

Time for the West to atone for the damage it has caused in Syria

As the siege of Aleppo enters its final stages, and the reins of power in Washington are transferred to Trump, it is very likely that the Syrian conflict will   result in Bashar Al Assad remaining President of the Syrian state under some negotiated “peace” deal at some point in the future. Western opinion has not [...]

December 5th, 2016|

Oireachtas transcript of speech by Senator Michael McDowell during address to Seanad Éireann by Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland

Cuirim fáilte roimh an Priomh Mhinistear.  It is wonderful that those words are spoken in the first languages of both our countries. As an Independent Member, it gives me pleasure, on behalf of the Independent Members, and, I think, everybody here, to thank Ms Sturgeon for the thoughtful, challenging and understanding words she has spoken [...]

November 29th, 2016|

A government in office but not in power attracts disastrous outcomes

With typical hype, the pendulum of lazy journalism and that class of corridor-prowlers who feed regular doses of nonsense to silly journalists has swung into action yet again. This time, we are told, that Angela Merkel is “now the leader of the free world”. Assuming that Ireland still remains part of “the free world”, is [...]

November 21st, 2016|

Heritage Bill 2016 – Committee Stage Debate in Seanad Éireann


November 17th, 2016|

Growing worldwide alienation must be factored into the election of Trump

When the dust settles over the election of Donald Trump and the furore dies down somewhat, those, like me, who spoke and wrote against his candidacy will have to examine the factors that lie behind his success. There is no single, simple explanation. I wrote here in the last few months about some of the [...]

November 15th, 2016|

St. Kearns explosion commemoration 16th October 2016

On Sunday 16th October 2016 I was honoured to be invited by Cllr Michael Whelan to give the oration at the annual commemoration of the Old IRA members who died and were injured in the St. Kearns explosion, Saltmills, Co. Wexford on the 12th day of October 1920.  I unveiled a plaque incorporating the 1916 [...]

November 1st, 2016|

Making History Talk: Understanding 1916 – public meeting in Enniskillen

On Thursday 13th October 2016 I was delighted, along with Dr. Brian Feeney, to address a very well attended public meeting at the Killyhevlin Hotel, Enniskillen which was organised by the members of The Orange Lodge of County Fermanagh on the topic of 1916.  It was a very constructive and friendly meeting with excellent audience [...]

November 1st, 2016|

Mary Robinson’s Presidential Library and her legacy

Is this Groundhog Day for the “new politics”? Today’s Sunday Business Post Red-C poll confirms my thesis that Irish politics have become stuck in a depressing rut of under-performance and futility. Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil each enjoy the support of just a quarter of the jaded, cynical electorate. Neither of them has any fundamental [...]

November 1st, 2016|