Two cheers for the Celtic Tiger.
Ireland is midway between two elections. March 7 saw an election for the new Northern Ireland Assembly in the six counties under British rule. In the Republic of Ireland — the southern twenty-six counties, self-governing since 1922 — there is a constitutional requirement for an election this spring. The precise date will be announced by... Read More
That would be the folk of the Middle East
We all know, and have known since 9/11, that our country faces a threat. What kind of threat is it, though, that has brought us this War on Terror? I doubt there are many of us who think that it is the kind of threat that Britain faced from Hitler, or the Roman Republic from... Read More
They are Europeans now.
There were big demonstrations in Northern Ireland on Tuesday. Around two thousand people, from both the South and the North of the divided island, converged on the fine old 18th-century manor house, rather misleadingly called a "castle," at Hillsborough in County Down. Ten miles away in Belfast city center, several hundred more took part in... Read More
1916: The Easter Rising, by Tim Pat Coogan
The Easter Rising of 1916 is the central event in 20th-century Irish history. At noon on April 24 of that year, Easter Monday, a small group of violent separatists seized some key points in the city of Dublin and proclaimed a Republic independent of Britain. After a week of bitter fighting the insurrection was put... Read More
The most interesting place in the world.
When I write about Irish affairs for U.S. readers I generally begin by apologizing for having brought to their attention a tiny country that seems to be of no real consequence to the great affairs of the world. This time I am going to depart from that formula. I am, in fact, going to begin... Read More
Northern Ireland is.
I always feel a little apologetic when I write about Ireland for an American audience. Given that Ireland is a very small place with very few people, it's hard to see why Americans should bother about it. A few Americans, of course — the so-called "Irish-American activists" — are very bothered about it. These people... Read More
Prisoner releases in Ireland.
I note that the Republican Party platform includes a few words of support for the Belfast "Good Friday" Agreement of 1998. Now, it is too much to hope that, in an election season, Americans can be persuaded to think for long about a place as inconsequential as Ireland. Still I believe we should spare a... Read More
Malign results of various "peace processes."
At the time of writing, the "peace process" conversations between Israel and the Palestinian Arabs are still going on at Camp David. The prospects are that Israel will yield on almost every point, the Arabs on none. Meanwhile in Northern Ireland another "peace process" has moved into its final phase, with the national flag of... Read More