A More Definitive guide to the DUP

It is general knowledge that there are two broad groups in Northern Ireland, the Protestant /Unionist /Loyalist (PUL) community and the Catholic /Nationalist /Republican (CNR) community. Historically  the PUL community has been the majority and the CNR community the minority, but they are now getting very close to par. Nationalists tend to see themselves as… Read more

Reuniting with our friends in the North?

Seventies Dublin was comparatively peaceful, but my Halcyon days at University College Dublin (UCD) from ’73-’81 were more or less book-ended by  events. Before the start of the period (’72) there was the burning of the British Embassy in response to the Bloody Sunday Massacre and in my first undergrad year I cycled past one… Read more

On Ypres and Poppies

I was fortunate to be able to take part in the Great peace run and walk in Ypres recently. I have no relatives who fought in the first world war, they thought it a war between Imperial powers, but I thought it was immensely valuable for my 13 year old son in particular to take… Read more

Will Sabre Rattling towards Ireland Work?

Things are not going well with the Brexit negotiations – and the Irish Border in particular is looking intractable. Are the Irish being unreasonable and will the sabre rattling of the ultra-Brexiteers towards Ireland go mainstream and prove effective? From Tudor times right through until the 1970s the relationship between England and Ireland has often… Read more

The Irish Passport Podcast

Regular readers of this site will be aware I’m Irish. As an anti Brexit Remaniac its a good time to be Irish. I treasure my Irish passport as it will give me guaranteed EU citizenship and I was able to get dual citizenship for my English born teenage son without any difficulty (it took 3… Read more

Ireland First?

  Getting the Brexiteers to take the Irish border seriously has been an uphill struggle. For a Dubliner it was obvious that this would be one of the most, if not the most difficult issue, post Brexit. In a heated Halley-Tontine Society in Dublin (October 2016) it was agreed that the most likely solution despite… Read more

May’s Speech: Destination Canada?

During the Brexit referendum campaign my thinking was probably most informed by Jean-Claude Piris’s excellent paper “Brexit or Britin: is it really colder outside?” and I came to the conclusion that the Norway model was the most likely destination, not least because it was seemed to be the favoured endpoint of some leading Brexiteers such… Read more