The IRA’s Lie of “The Necessary Armed Struggle”

How have we ended up in a situation following a peace process and an agreement in which half of the political establishment in Northern Ireland expresses the belief that the murders of approximately 1,700 men, women and children by the Provisional IRA were wholly legitimate, necessary and to be celebrated for ever into the future? How is it possible in a normal democracy to regard … Continue reading The IRA’s Lie of “The Necessary Armed Struggle”

Michelle O’Neill Chose the Path of Least Integrity

Protestant Douglas Hyde, elected first President of (twenty-six county) Ireland in 1938, had founded The Gaelic League in 1893 to preserve and promote Irish culture and in particular the language. He resigned as President of the League on July 31st, 1915, in protest at the takeover of the League by physical force nationalists, forerunners of the later IRA. There has always been tension between language … Continue reading Michelle O’Neill Chose the Path of Least Integrity

Ethical Dimension Absent from Irish Peace Process

One element that has been entirely absent from the Northern Ireland peace process is the ethical dimension. It is clear that paramilitary leaders can be purchased to mostly dissolve their paramilitary gangs and dispose of their weaponry for the glass beads and shiny buttons of limited temporal power, cash grants and opportunities to appoint former fighters to lucrative posts here and there along with immunity … Continue reading Ethical Dimension Absent from Irish Peace Process

Catholic Church Erred in Allowing State Funeral for Martin McGuinness

The decision by the Bishop McKeown of Derry to allow the unnecessary trappings of a state funeral for Martin McGuinness inside Long Tower church was a retrospective whitewashing and deodorizing of McGuinness’ IRA activities in the wake of the latter’s claim shortly before his death that he remained proud of his IRA past and an unholy reversal of former Bishop Edward Daly’s brave stance against … Continue reading Catholic Church Erred in Allowing State Funeral for Martin McGuinness

Martin McGuinness Told a Whopper of a Lie

The man who was Martin McGuinness is no more and has returned to God his Creator and Judge. Martin’s soul will not be judged by me. In the democratic political realm, Martin entered the fray late in life and gave it his all and did well. Few would criticize his endeavours toward peace and prosperity in a divided society. I greatly admire his democratic political … Continue reading Martin McGuinness Told a Whopper of a Lie