Too long a sacrifice – Ireland and the Holy Land

Ulster’s great, green monster

IT is the largest body of fresh water in Britain and Ireland covering 151 square miles in the heart of Ulster. Together with the River Bann, which flows in from the south and out from the north, it is a dividing line in Northern Ireland. To the east politics is...
Too long a sacrifice – Ireland and the Holy Land

Policing plunged into turmoil

IRISH policing is in turmoil. Simon Byrne, chief constable of the Police Service of Northern, has apologised but refused to resign after an unprecedented security breach which saw the personal details of 10,000 serving officers and civilian support staff released into...
Too long a sacrifice – Ireland and the Holy Land

Anger over the airwaves

IRELAND’S public sector broadcasters have got themselves into a terrible state and there is anger over the airwaves. In Northern Ireland questions are being asked about the British Broadcasting Corporation’s Nolan Show and the eye-watering sums paid to its presenter...
Too long a sacrifice – Ireland and the Holy Land

The widening gyre

WE talk a lot about culture in Ireland, there are even those who believe we are engaged in a culture war over the future of the place, but the sad reality is that the arts are neglected and abused. They have been a political football since partition when Stormont set...
Too long a sacrifice – Ireland and the Holy Land

Welcome here kind stranger

IRELAND prides itself upon its reputation as a society which is welcoming to strangers and willing to offer refuge to people in need. For over 300 years Irish people have been forced from their homes by war, famine and disease and have put down roots in the New Worlds...