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

Disgust with the Guardian

I had a pretty idyllic childhood and one major influence was my father, Kevin Danaher, (Guardian obituary here) who was a major figure on the Irish cultural scene with interests in folklore, vernacular architecture and military history. I grew up valuing the indigenous cultures and languages, not just of my native Ireland, but also these… Read more

Bordering on Madness?

There are about twice (some estimates say over 3 times) as many border crossings between Northern Ireland and the Republic than the entire eastern border of the EU from Finland, through the Baltic States, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria and Romania.  This startling statistic does not seem credible but click on this link for more detail…. Read more