Tag Archives: John Hume

Derry Girls…What Can I Say?

Derry Girls (and the Finale) was brilliant.What makes it good is that the jokes that occasionally misfire “three Catholics in the RUC” are compensated by the Politics that always works.A harmless wee comedy? No.It is Subversion.I have never believed in … Continue reading

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Bloody Sunday 1972-2022

This is a strange post. I have always known that I would write about Bloody Sunday. And I thought it would be a long post but actually it wont be long. Reasons…we are all familiar with the story. And I … Continue reading

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SDLP at 50

Happy Birthday SDLP. I remember the day the SDLP was formed. I vividly recall the founding members and a handful of journalists outside the venue. A journo asked “will the SDLP be non sectarian?” and Paddy Devlin replied “we are … Continue reading

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John Hume: The Funeral & “People Like Us”

First off, at the request of my wife, I deleted the post I wrote on Monday. She thought it contained too many personal references, including an anecdote that we have enjoyed for nearly forty years. I see her point. So … Continue reading

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Clonard Novena

Clonard is the Redemptorist monastery in West Belfast. It was effectively the spiritual home of West Belfast Catholics. It lies on the border line of St Peters and St Pauls and beside the Peace Line at Bombay Street. My own … Continue reading

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SDLP: Leave Everyone Behind?

Over the last two days, I have written about Sinn Féin…how seemingly difficult it is to join and how they use patronage to keep everyone onside…and quite a few people on the (perhaps mythical) average industrial wage. As far as … Continue reading

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SDLP…Not Good With Its Own History

I really do wish I had been born in a different place and time. In 1952 of course, I did not know I was being born into a “second class” life in termsof housing and jobs…in West Belfast. In 1963, … Continue reading

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Seamus Mallon …Again

Over forty years ago, the late Paddy Devlin told me that Seamus Mallon would one day be the Leader of SDLP. It seemed very unlikely but apart from Eddie McGrady, Mallon was the only MLA from the 1973 Assembly “intake” … Continue reading

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“The Commons At It’s Best”?

Today will be one of those alleged great show-piece events in the (British) House of Commons. The political correspondents at BBC, ITN and Sky and the sketch-writers in the major newspapers are already dusting off the clichés …including the old … Continue reading

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Taking The Derry Air

Just returned from a very pleasant few days in Derry..with a cross-county excursion into County Donegal. I like Derry. Effectively, it is a city made by SDLP. I make no apology for saying that. I rarely visited Derry in the … Continue reading

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