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TREMORS

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16 Apr 2021 Comments Off on TREMORS
TREMORS

Comment The bad news on our doorstep as a Border county of the ongoing violent disturbances on Northern Ireland streets provokes tremors of unease even in these more insular pandemic times when everyone’s world has grown smaller and even happenings a relatively short distance away can seem somehow remote and not of pressing relevance to our own concerns. True, there is something about the footage that has appeared on news channels each evening, of rioters in clumsy disguise hurling petrol bombs and rocks at vehicles and police personnel that seems anachronistic ...

A PROBLEMATIC CENTENARY

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5 Feb 2021 Comments Off on A PROBLEMATIC CENTENARY

Comment 2021 marks the centenary of the foundation of the Northern ireland state. Centenaries are customarily occasions for commemoration and celebration, but how this particular one will be marked is problematic. We are currently in what has been proclaimed the Decade of Centenaries, when momentous recent historical happenings that shaped the political and social course of modern Ireland are re-evaluated by historians and commentators and recognised with due ceremony. As we have passed from 1916 through the War of Independence years up to the Treaty and Civil War periods, this exercise ...

“COVEXIT” A NON-RUNNER

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29 Jan 2021 Comments Off on “COVEXIT” A NON-RUNNER

Comment Having waged an arduous campaign to resist the doomsday scenario of the UK Government’s Brexit escapade and avoid the creation of a hard Border on the island, the people of our circulation area and those of frontier counties on either side of the divide will, we imagine, have monitored the trend of some of the debate around the Government’s extension of Covid-19 Level 5 restrictions this week with various levels of incredulity. Calls for a “zero-Covid” strategy that would have as one of its impacts the temporary sealing of the ...

JUST BEFORE THE DAWN

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9 Jan 2021 Comments Off on JUST BEFORE THE DAWN
JUST BEFORE THE DAWN

Comment When life in Ireland and across the globe began to be significantly impacted by the coronavirus in march of last year, people accepted the growing sacrifices and curtailments of movement and freedom with the then realistic shared hope that the public health emergency would be a relatively transient thing. It became a common conversational prediction that by Christmas the crisis, or at least the worst of it, would be over, and the pressures that Covid-19 exerted on physical and, increasingly, mental wellbeing were borne with the reasonable conviction that, this ...

FÁILTE GO MUINEACHÁN?

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5 Nov 2020 Comments Off on FÁILTE GO MUINEACHÁN?
FÁILTE GO MUINEACHÁN?

Comment The adoption by Monaghan Co Council on Monday of a new Migrant Integration Strategy is a timely step in the address of an important social issue. In a year in which the Covid-19 pandemic has become the ubiquitous concern, the need to respect the rights and dignity of all human beings and to ensure that unity rather than division hallmarks the way in which our increasingly cosmopolitan demographic knits together has demanded its own place in public preoccupations. The Black Lives Matter campaign has made its voice heard throughout the ...

EUGENE MCCABE

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4 Sep 2020 Comments Off on EUGENE MCCABE
EUGENE MCCABE

COMMENT The death of major literary figures is usually perceived in terms of national loss, with grief general that the prevalent culture will no longer be enriched by their creativity, that the pen has been stilled and the story woven by their imagination will be added to no more. Such has certainly been the case with Eugene McCabe, whose passing last week at the august age of four score and ten evoked tributes from president Michael D Higgins, national politicians and the lions of the worlds of literature and the theatre ...

UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED…

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28 Aug 2020 Comments Off on UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED…
UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED…

Comment It seems superfluous to add more words of heat to the furnace of outrage stoked by the fallout from what the media with unimaginative but inevitable bleak wit has branded Golfgate. but it does seem necessary to reflect upon the mood in the country that the unfortunate episode and the reaction to it seems to disclose. at a crucial time in the nation’s combat with Covid-19, when many but not all important sections of the economy are finding a way to function again in the midst of the pandemic restrictions, ...

IMPORTANT ROLES FOR LOCAL REPS

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10 Jul 2020 Comments Off on IMPORTANT ROLES FOR LOCAL REPS
IMPORTANT ROLES FOR LOCAL REPS

Comment With the cast list of both Government and Opposition now finalised, it is clear that Oireachtas representatives from Cavan/Monaghan, and some from other bailiwicks who have significant links with the constituency, will be significant players in the political drama beginning to unfold on the national stage at a defining moment for both the Irish economy and Irish society. The roles they will play in both the formulation and forensics of policy in the months ahead will bear significantly on how well the nation manages the challenging fiscal and societal recovery ...

THE POLITICS OF PARTNERSHIP

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3 Jul 2020 Comments Off on THE POLITICS OF PARTNERSHIP
THE POLITICS OF PARTNERSHIP

Comment The task ahead of the new Government formed at Saturday’s historic assembly of Dáil Éireann at the National Convention Centre is extremely daunting, but it is initially at least a rather straightforward one. Before many of the worthy objectives in the Programme for Government agreed between Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Green Party and endorsed by its memberships can even begin to be addressed, the profound economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic must be assessed and managed. The full extent of the cost of Covid-19 is becoming more evident ...

CUSP OF UNCERTAINTY

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26 Jun 2020 Comments Off on CUSP OF UNCERTAINTY
CUSP OF UNCERTAINTY

Comment Our country finds itself on the cusp of uncertainty. In a few days’ time we could have political stability in the form of a new majority Government, or heightened instability as parties scramble around for alternatives to the second General Election of the year. On Monday next, another significant phase in the Roadmap to Recovery from the strictures and deprivations of the Covid-19 medical emergency will be embarked upon with heightened freedoms of movement and association and further reopening of important dimensions of the economy. But the steps will be ...