The Compensation Culture We have referred on a few occasions in these reports to the way that Ireland seems to have developed a booming industry around compensation for injuries, real or feigned. Now the Independent has written a revealing set of stories describing ways that the legal and the medical professions cooperate to manipulate the …
Economic Impact of Brexit on the UK and Ireland by Brian M. Deane Introduction The result of the referendum in 2016 indicated that the British people decided, 52 to 48 percent, to leave the European Union (EU). However, the economic consequences of leaving were, not at that time or since, made clear. Indeed, one …
Brexit creeps closer Comment by Sean Farrell ‘When a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight it concentrates his mind wonderfully.’ The Brexit Endgame is approaching, with prospects all round ranging from unpalatable to disastrous so Dr Johnson’s remark seems appropriate, certainly in Ireland’s case. Boris Johnson (no relation of Dr Samuel) …
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The Treaty settlement almost a hundred years ago led to the Irish Civil War; the outcome of the backstop talks over the next few months could be just as momentous.
As a border child from the counties of Tyrone and Derry, I have seen the hard border, that no one wants again. I remember the salmon smuggling, the customs officers on both sides
The Economic strengths of small states are better focussed upon than their deficits, argues Stephen Kisella.
In many places, the border lines made little sense and did not reflect local economic and social geographies
Insistent talk of hard and soft borders in the North revived this readers’s interest in Spike Milligan’s lampoon, Puckoon(Penguin, 1963), Colm Tóibín’s Bad Blood: A Walk along the Irish Border(Vintage, 1987).
Ironically one issue the DUP, the former party of Ian Paisley, will seek to explore is a more open border with the Irish Republic