What’s in the news….
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
It was the first time that a Unionist leader had attended an Ulster GAA final.
The social interaction and enjoyment that people get from celebrating Irish culture also plays a wider and invaluable role in supporting the well-being of our communities abroad
The commitment by the EU to accept a united Ireland is a huge victory for the Irish government