I personally have problems with the concept of "positive discrimination". Certainly I realise that it can often be a "necessary evil" but setting quotas strikes me as an easy way out. Neither do I accept the nonsense that women are not as interested in politics. Personally when signing up members I've found that a high percentage of those who express an interest in joining a political party are female, yet when it comes to actually going to meeting, males tend to turn out in far greater numbers. It is an issue which all parties must address. The image of politics as a "gentleman's pursuit" is extermely bad for the democratic process.
I hate the fact the rich can simply pay for better health care than the poor and those in government should be ashamed that people feel forced to go to a private organisation for a decent service. Health should be free and a top quality standard available to all - regardless of age, class or wealth.
He was responding to the claim that the new EU Constitution (sell out) will affect the Divorce law in an effort to harmonise the laws within the region.
As someone who has no moral or religious objections to divorce (a sad state but we have to face reality) It is up to the Oireachtas to change any law which it deems outdated, there should be no interference by the EU in Irish law.
The Taoiseach has said "The European Union has no say in these matters, in other words, it’s none of their business"
"Irish divorce law is a matter for Ireland."
Then why are you looking to ratify the EU Constitution?
Men and women fought and died for the sovereignty that the 26 counties now hold and Bertie shouldn't just dismiss Irish sovereignty so lightly.
I also see that Mick Fealty owns 25% of Balrog's shares; I hope you are not planning a hostile takeover Mick as things could get ugly ;)
In all honesty I haven't got a baldly how this thing works and would appreciate any help from any readers who know the way this Blog Share thing works
He has stated that it is the belief of Sinn Féin that Funds earmarked last December for the failed peace process deal should be used to tackle underinvestment in the water service.
Gerry Kelly has said that Sinn Féin will
1. Campaign to force the British Government to abandon its water charges policy.
2. Support the development of a broad based coalition opposing the introduction of Water Charges.
There should be no double taxation and Sinn Féin will reject this at every turn.
It would appear that some loyalists are intent on stirring up trouble.
It makes it all the more necessary that the electorate place their trust in Billy Leonard.
Billy is an excellent candidate who has seen big changes in his own life. Billy has grasped his new role well and as such will defend the Nationalist and Republican community in East Derry as well as the whole community.
He came to Queens for a talk and I found him a very warm and genuine man who has made very difficult choices and should be respected for that.
Billy spoke about the days when Nationalists were treated as second class citizens and said "those days are gone and every nationalist and republican is an equal citizen. Mr Watton's supporters just need to wake up to this century."
Alasdair McDonnell has said "People will wonder whether this is being played out and spun out for electoral reasons, or if it is for real."
I was thinking the same thing Alasdair only with regards you and your involvement with the McCartney's search for justice.
This family deserves justice as much as anyone but I for one am suspect of Alasdair’s motives
My reason for this belief is the announcement that the next IMC report will not be published untill after the election. Given the purely political motivations behind the IMC, I'm sure that if the next report could be used to attempt to attack Sinn Féin, it would be released in the midst of the election campiagn.
I believe that this is true and I also believe that the steps Mr. Adams was correct in the steps he has taken to aid the family's search for justice. The people responsible for this brutal crime ceased to be Republicans when they shamed their movement with cowardly and inhumane actions and no genuine Republican could ever possibly legitimise their brutality.
He has said he does not believe the IRA are capable of becoming democrats
Ian, the IRA is an army and as such is not a democratic institution!!
In an army you do what you are told or you leave, that is not democracy
The DUP will not be allowed to scupper the political process and should just get used to the reality that they will have to deal with Republicans
Get over it Ian!!
He has said "The real reason why the provisional movement does not accept the new policing structures is not any issue about Patten, but that a lawful Ireland threatens their money making and control over the lives of citizen and community."
Is Alban living on the same planet as the rest of us?
His own party colleague in North Belfast, Martin Morgan, said the sdlp should reconsider their position in relation to policing!!
These sorts of comments show just how out of touch with reality the sdlp are!!
He speaks of "half-truths and sectarian flag waving"
What is the difference in this DUP action and the stoops own balloon launches and road signs, pathetic!!
He also said "It's this manipulation of people that probably I find the most offensive thing in the type of approach to the political process now"
So Sinn Féin are manipulating people into voting for them?
Let's not be naive Seamus, your party is pathetic and the electorate has come to see that.
I wish you and your party all the best on your retirement, the party of leadership is here to stay and there will be no stooping from Sinn Féin!!
The problem I have is that the theory on binge-drinking is ridiculous!
According to "experts" if you consume more than 4 units of alcohol a night you are binge-drinking. Its rubbish like that that makes many turn off and return to their double southern comfort and coke and a B&H cigarette :)
I think a more sensible solution to binge-drinking is to say when you wake up in another women’s bed, or man's (what ever floats your boat) and can't remember anything then that is binge-drinking.
That said that sort of activity is all too prevalent amongst students.
Imagine the taxes that are made off the backs of students.
I am unfortunate to be amongst two groups of people who are seen as fair game by many, I'm a student and I'm a smoker.
Originally it said next year and that's when I got scared so I did the test again
So it's cancer at aged 70, I think that's very optimistic
I don't believe I will live that long
When are you going to die?
What's that you say, Brown envelopes! Robbing the pensioners for years! Burke! Haughey!
Best not to be a hypocrite Bertie
As for arms, when and where did Fianna Fail decommission their weapons?
They didn't so stop the holier than thou attitude
To paraphrase former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds "How can I talk to the Republican Movement about guns, sure some of our ones brought their guns in with them under the table"
As for electioneering, save it Bertie
The last couple of months has seen the attempted campaign of Criminalisation along with Dermot Ahern's appearance with McGrady, all designed to try and stop the growth of Sinn Féin
Tough luck Bertie but this freight train isn't stopping and its next stop will be Dublin Central!
Get ready Bertie
I must say that I know how this feels as some teachers in my old school were notorious anti-republican bigots.
I remember telling a teacher that I would be unable to attend a school event his reply was "Why, are you going to one of your murdering IRA marches"
Bigotry comes in many guises
I have a big problem with young, middle-class teachers trying to lecture me on ethics
After that comment I deliberately set out to piss that teacher off and it worked, because of my actions regarding T-Shirts and Badges, 23 new school rules were brought in and the school ended up with a hefty legal bill over a different incident.
Students should never be afraid to express themselves and teachers shouldn't be afraid that a lot of their students are more intelligent than they are.
I love this wee phrase as it pisses the teaching profession off to no ends
"Those who can do those who can't teach"
I can assure readers that this is not the case. I have been in the Ormeau road office every night this week and canvassing is well attended and is going well. Only last Sunday there were 80 people out canvassing for Sinn Féin in South Belfast. Sinn Féin has certainly not shut down in the area. It is flourishing, just as it is doing throughout the six counties and indeed throughout the entire island. I predict that Sinn Féin vote in South Belfast will hold and increase and we will see new Sinn Féin councillors in the area, such as Stiofan Long who is standing in Balmoral and despite there being no SF councillors in the ward at present, has a good chance of actually topping the poll in the area.
He wants to exclude Sinn Féin and ergo the majority of Nationalists from any devolved administration.
Well what Ian wants and what he will get are two entirely different things!!
There will be no sort of devolved administration in the North without Sinn Féin.
After these elections you can be guaranteed that negotiations and talks will continue
For any Unionist voter out there who actually believes the DUP will not sit in government with Sinn Féin for a generation, well,you have my sympathies because you are going to be very upset.
How foolish is he?
I would really love to know who is advising the stoops these days as their image (Puke Green, yuck!!) has been disastrous and their press is an absolute joke.
Jude's article in today’s Daily Ireland is excellent in relation to this
Mr. Adams said:
"Sinn Féin is setting out our roadmap for Irish unity and launching a campaign to urge the Irish government to bring forward a Green Paper and to begin the practical planning for Irish unity now"
Everyone accepts that Irish Unity can not be achieved by anyone party but through a broad coalition.
The Irish government has a responsibility to lead the charge for Irish Unity and now will be the time when Fianna Fail's stated Republicanism will be tested
"Any judge sitting on such an inquiry would be presiding over a sham."
Amnesty have now joined Judge Cory, Lord Saville, Sinn Féin, the SDLP and other Irish parties in their recognition of the stifling effect Blair's legislation will have on the hopes of the family for justice and truth.
So much for the Catholic Church moving into the 21st Century.
They are heading in the wrong direction and this decision will do nothing for those Catholics who thought the Church would reform.
One step forward and ten steps back!!
This was a woman who had much to live for and whose only "crime" was to be a Republican. I have the honour of being a member of the Sheena Campbell cumann in QUB. I know Sheena's son Caolán very well and it always saddens me when I hear how she was stolen from Caolán and Brendan.
There are people out there who attack An Fhírinne and attack Sinn Féin for giving so much support to An Fhírinne.
These people must realise that while the victims of British State collusion may only be names on a placard and pictures in a paper to you and me, they are someone’s mother, father brother, sister etc.
Are the families not entitled to the truth?
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Mr. Deeney has now said he will never join any of the political parties in the North.
In a statement to the Newsletter he said that his attempt to persuade Durkan that he wanted to be an SDLP MP was "solely, and only, to try and persuade the SDLP leader that his party should not field a candidate in West Tyrone"
If that is the case Mr. Deeney then you are a deceiving and dishonest person!!
Your attempt to try and be all things to all men is pathetic
Stop this pathetic attempt at political spin, your embarrassing!
It is not as if you ever had a chance at beating Pat Doherty
Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me!
With friends like these, who needs enemies?
I pray that the church will move into the 21st century and not marginalise even more the ever wavering Catholic’s who believe the church can be reformed.
I would love to see a Pope, preferably from Africa or South America, who would drag the Church away from the dark ages.
I would love to see a church where people renew their faith after many years of absence.
I would love to go back to Mass on a Sunday and see the priest’s family in the front row, to hear his wife talk to parishioners after mass.
Do I realistilcy expect this to happen in the near future, unfortunately not.
I have real fears that someone like Ratzinger will be made Pope and then my allegiance with the church will have to be re-evaluated.
Haven spoke to many young Catholics, both devout and wavering; they are all looking forward with great anticipation to the reform of the Church.
I pray their prayers don't go unanswered!
You couldn't wish for this sort of thing
The man is vilified by Northern Nationalists and many view him in the same light as Thatcher.
What ever chance Alasdair had of securing South Belfast must surely be disappearing with the involvement of McDowell.
It shows the fear that the establishment has towards Sinn Féin when they send their storm troopers up North to tackle the ever advancing green army.
He secured 2,257 votes in the 2003 Assembly election
This could be the straw that broke Durkan's back!
Eamonn is more likely to attract SDLP votes than Sinn Féin
Is it possible that the Civil Rights campaigner could be a blessing in disguise for Sinn Féin?
This happend at a protest outside Forkhill barracks last saturday.
The Paras have caused uproar in South Armagh since they have arrived.
The Paras are suspected of being involved in a sledge hammer attack on the Hunger Strike memorial at Ford's Cross.
The Paras have already made it known to locals that they will make their presence felt before they leave.
I will echo the words of Mary Campbell
"These assault troops are not suitable for this area, in whatever role their political masters have sent them here for and We not only call for their withdrawal from amongst our community, but we call for the total withdrawal of all the military outposts from our hillsides and out of our towns, especially for the immediate dismantling of the base in Forkhill."
They are not welcome in South Armagh!
Considering the fact that a raid on offices was enough for the UUP to collapse the power sharing institutions in 2002, I assume Mr. Trimble will be soon be announcing that his party is not fit for government and should be excluded from any future executive. What's sauce for the goose............
Sounds good, doesn't it?
One problem Alex, the policing board has no real control over the Chief Constable or the PSNI/RUC!
Special Branch is still in place, FRU has yet to be properly investigated, and the process by which collusion occurs is still very much operational.
There is no point in trying to fool the Nationalist people into thinking you have any real control on the policing board, it's a talking shop.
Remember Plastic Bullets?
This sort of drivel might play well for some of the Castle Catholics but your average Joe Soap on the street knows it for what it is, Drivel!!
Gregory Campbell has said the report summery has suggested the pilot may have been drinking!
Well isn't that reassuring!!
South Armagh is used as a training ground for British army pilots and has already had two helicopter crashes in as many years and one crashed at Sturgan just last week.
This will hardly reassure people that some British army pilot won't go out on the piss and then try and fly over a populated area?
We need a total end to helicopter flights in the North and the full demilitarisation of the British war machine in Ireland.
Sorry folks but it appears that all of the comments that were originally here have been wiped when I transferred to Haloscan.
It was in the interests of our readers and me, the administrator.
We can’t stop progress ;)
What are people's views on the rights and wrongs of life in zoos?
“The best way to sum up the Inquiries Act is that the word public does not appear in the title.”
My reasons for this stance are not in any way political, I am merely looking at the best interests of the association. Firstly people rant about the injustice of the Irish soccer team having to travel out of ireland to play their mtaches, but if the FAi are so worried about this why haven't they written a politely worded letter to the GAA apoligised for their shambolic nature and asking the GAA to kindly allow them use of the GAA's excellent stadium. It strikes me as amazingly arrogant on the FAI's part that they are quite happy to allow the media to do their arguing for them. In addition to this I am gravely concerned at the impact a dilution of this rule will have on the GAA. My primary fear is that the GAA will become second class citizens in their own home. For example if a soccer match is scheduled for a Staurday in Septembr and an All Ireland semi final is drawn, Croke Park may be booked up for the following Saturday meaning the GAA could be deprived of their own facilities. Also, the Croke park residents group has expressed its concern at the amount of games played in Croke Park already, they are particularly concerned at games on Saturdays, the most popular day for Rugby and Soccer. If limitations on the amount of games are imposed, I am again fearful that it will the GAA's games that will suffer.
The FAI seem to think they have some divine right to the GAA's facilities. Somebody should ask them why in their 80 years of exsistence they haven't had the ability to build something even a quarter as majestic as Croke Park. I genuinely feel sorry for the followers of these codes, but as a GAA man I will be putting the future of my own sport first.
This is going to be an interesting debate within the GAA and the community in general.
At one time I thought I was in favour of changing Rule 42 but now that I think about it I am against it.
Croke Park has a unique atmosphere, an atmosphere I have never seen replicated anywhere else. The hill was made up of rubble of the 1916 Easter Rising and the GAA has an unparallel position within Irish culture and heritage.
There are many out there who are against this because they wish to preserve what we have created. Some will argue that it should be opened up and that the GAA has nothing to fear by this.
I don't think fear comes into it but it's our stadium and we shouldn't have to prop up "Professional" sports like Rugby and Soccer.
It is a difficult issue that may yet create a civil war type split within the GAA and Irish society.
How do you stand on the issue?
The agenda he is talking about is Demilitarisation
I am a member of the South Armagh Demill committee and the SDLP have been constantly asked to participate and they have constantly refused!
Do you know why?
It's simple, they couldn't care less!!
This is only electioneering and the people of South Armagh will see it as such. If the SDLP honestly believed this I would welcome it but they don't.
Their past record on Demill speaks for itself.
They wanted to keep the hill top forts on the Ring of Gullion in order to turn them into a tourist attraction!
I don't find the British war machine in Ireland to be a tourist attraction!
They tried to push a local DPP meeting on to the people of Forkhill and the people of that village refused because they didn't wish to be used as political pawns in an attempt to give the current police force any credibility.
Mr Bradley's and the SDLP's past form on Demill will be judged by the electorate on May 5th!
The Daily Ireland also reports that Martin Morgan's re-evaluation of his position has led to internal bickering as neither selected candidate in Oldpark was willing to stand aside to allow the former Lord Mayor to return. Mr. Morgan was a relatively popular SDLP representative and his exclusion from the party ticket could well indicate another steep fall in SDLP support in the area. As the date of the election approaches I find myself becoming more and more confident that Sinn Féin's performance will leave no possible doubt as to who the significant majority of the nationalist people want to represent them.
I must have rattled a few cages over on Slugger because an SDLPer, stoop, gave this response
I'm merely attempting to establish whether Chris Gaskin scans the web out of a personal interest in these things or because he is paid to do so by Sinn Fein.
It's a fair question, don't you think? I mean, is he the guardian of the gates for the Provos or is he entitled to say that he just does it for the love of his party?
I think if he's paid, he's in it for the money.
Posted by: John O'Connell at April 12, 2005 09:59 PM"
You know you have them on the ropes when they accuse you of being a paid spy
I think our SDLP friends are starting to feel the heat!
It appears from a leaked document, which a stoop newspaper published, that Eddie was less than supportive of John Hume and Gerry Adams efforts to create a lasting peace process.
It appears from these documents that Eddie was more interested in his own party’s future than the future of Ireland.
The people of South Down need to consider what sort of public representative they want come May 5th.
Mr. McCartney has also announced that he will not be standing in North which, given the inclusion of the Alliance Party in the race, increases the chances of an additional DUP gain in the upcoming election. According to the BBC, marks should also be given to Mr. McCartney for his mystic Meg like opposition in 1995 to an agreement which was not to be signed for another three years!
I have just seen this article in the Newsletter which just boggles my mind.
Does anyone out there really believe a rap song will stop these cowards?
In my old school there was a policy of trying to reach out to the bully in some kind of pastoral care way, doesn't work.
There is only one thing a bully understands and that's someone who is going to put them in their place.
In my old school some of the older teachers would approach a few of us who they knew they could trust and ask us to have a “quiet word” in certain bullies’ ear. This did work especially when the cowards were told what would happen to them should they step out of line. Some of the parents of the kids who were getting bullied actually thanked me and a few of the boys.
Bullying was always something that I detested because it was only the vulnerable students that these cowards picked on. They never tried to take on someone they saw as equals. Kids should not be afraid to go to school and with so many kids having problems at home school should at least be their sanctuary where they can get some peace of mind.
I have no time for this softie, softie approach.
You bet it is and with Sinn Féin normally very careful with their predictions it has to be a very realistic possibility.
Coupled with the possible collapse of the SDLP and UUP, are we now facing a new realingmenet in Northern politics?
Let's not forget that Paisley has said "All Ulster Unionist seats are vulnerable", and he is right, that said no SDLP seat is safe either.
For me the two most interesting elections will be in Belfast, South and North.
The horrific news that Israelis have murdered 3 young Palestinians who tried to retrieve a football shows the contempt Israelis have for life and how utterly putrid their Zionist ways are.
Until the issue of Palestinian sovereignty is addressed there is no chance of peace in the Middle-East.
Unionists love him because they know Republicans hate him; Fianna Failers hate him because he is sending droves of their voters into the hands of Sinn Féin. Fine Gael hate him because he is even more of a west brit, sorry Dublin 4 than they are and everyone else hates him because he is an idiot.
Why is he an idiot I hear you ask?
Just listen to this
"McDowell has said the IRA must be disbanded before republicans can share power in Government anywhere."
Guess what mate it is our electorate who decides that, not you!
"Mr McDowell paid tribute to the gardaí for their success in breaking open what he called 'the secret Provo conspiracy to launder the proceeds of the Northern Bank robbery in this State'"
He is a solicitor by trade yet he can produce no evidence for those ridiculous claims and do you know why, he's bluffing!
Everyone needs a hate figure and we have ours, present his picture to a group of Sinn Féin activists and you will get them canvassing all night long.
It would seem they have cowered away from the idea of allowing Deeney a free run and could you blame them?
Deeney, even with sdlp votes, doesn't have a chance against Pat Doherty and in my opinion the sdlp candidate in West Tyrone will be a sitting duck.
What is the bet that Deeney will no longer be there come the next assembly election, if there even is one?
Poor Durkan, he's under intense pressure with Alistair biting at his heels and with a party containing people like Hanna, Kelly and Attwood.
Sure it's enough to drive you to drink.
Don't worry Mark after May 5th you should be in line for a nice long rest.
“It is not time for the people to speak again; it is time for a small minority to listen finally,”
Damn right Mary, it's about time you listened to the Irish people and stop trying to spread your right-wing rhetoric, stop deporting people just because they are black and stop trying to privatise everything that moves.
One good thing will come of the next election in the 26 counties, your brand of neo-conservative bullshit will be put in the bin and your lap dog Himmler, sorry McDowell will be removed from his public platform and sent to a retirement home were the Government will probably rob him blind and take his pension.
The full circle of life, you have to love it.
"I don't want any of your statistics. I took your whole batch and lit
my pipe with it. I hate your kind of people. You are always ciphering
out how much a man's health is injured, and how much his intellect is
impaired, and how many pitiful dollars and cents he wastes in the course
of ninety-two years' indulgence in the fatal practice of smoking; and in
the equally fatal practice of drinking coffee; and in playing billiards
occasionally; and in taking a glass of wine at dinner, etc., etc., etc.
. . . You never see but one side of the question. You are blind to the
fact that most old men in America smoke and drink coffee, although,
according to your theory, they ought to have died young; and that hearty
old Englishmen drink wine and survive it, and portly old Dutchmen both
drink and smoke freely, and yet grow older and fatter all the time. And
you never try to find out how much solid comfort, relaxation and
enjoyment a man derives from smoking in the course of a lifetime, (and
which is worth ten times the money he would save by letting it alone,)
nor the appalling aggregate of happiness lost in a lifetime by your kind
of people from NOT smoking."
Mark Twain San Francisco 1865
I hate the Nanny State, time to fight for your civil rights against this liberal bourgeoisie attitude some non-smokers hold.
What Eoin proposes is both innovative and unprecedented. For almost the entire history of the Irish state either Fianna Fáil or Fine Gael have been in government with the smaller parties lining up to feed on the scraps of coalition beoing offered from the table of the big two. Yet with the growth of Sinn Féin, a new axis in Irish politics could emerge. Parties of the left could unite to create a better Ireland, an Ireland where the poor are given the same priority as the rich, an Ireland of equals, to replace the unequal society that currently exists. Many southern SF activists are wary of coalition government, fearful that government with FF will allow Sinn Féin to be distracted from the policies of social justice the party advocates. Yet perhaps with similar socially conscious parties, the risks would not be as great. I am of the opinion that as a party Sinn Féin should not be afraid of coalition government, if it is a means to further our objectives then it should be embraced. I hope Eoin has opened a necessary and important debate within Republican circles.
I have known Conor for the last 6 years and Conor will do an excellent job for the people of Newry and Armagh.
I am also looking forward to being one of a very special group of people. The electoral ward of Slieve Gullion, if all goes well, will be the only electoral ward on this Island were one party hold all the seats.
Time to say farewell to the stoops
I see the so called "Smash Sinn Féin" AKA "NO TAIGS PLEASE" electoral pact has not born fruit.
What a sad bunch of wasters the UUP and DUP are, more concerned with individual careerist policies than getting a good deal for their constituents.
I don't believe in pacts; let the people have their say
The green army marches towards May 5th
This should be the date when we bury the policy of exclusion (and if the man upstairs is listening to my prayers the stoops as well) once and for all.
How do you see the elections going?
It is a pity that he didn't think of that when he accused the IRA, without a scrap of evidence being presented, of carrying out the Northern bank robbery.
Let’s not be too hard on Hugh, after all does anyone really expect anything else from the head of a flawed Police force whose aim is not law and order but an Anti-Republican one?
I was deeply heartened by Mr. Adams' comments and I believe they are a positive contribution to the political impass. In the face of rejectionist Unionism and the criminalisation policy of the two governments, once more Republicans are the ones showing their commitment to the process with positive words rather than negative rejections.
The struggle for Irish freedom has been a long and noble one, but it is also a struggle which has been ever changing. It has been my view for quite some time that it is the force of arguement, not the force of arms which will be the final weapon in ending partition and achieving a 32 county democratic socialist republic. In order to make this island a better place, we must all adapt to changing circumstances. I hope that all parties involved will take heed of Mr. Adams' words and react to them positively in an attempt to regain political momentum in the peace process.
"Let me say it again, I was not making anti-Catholic jokes, I was not making anti-Parkinson jokes
So what sort of joke were you making then, Reverend?!
Shame on him.
Dontcha just love elections?!
"Instead we are going to listen very carefully to Labour and the Tories between now and May 5 to see which party deserves the backing of our readers."
I sincerely hope that the importance the Sun affords itself in the outcome of the election is merely a selfish boast yet I fear that somehow it hits closer to the truth than any of us would like. Shame on anybody who allows this rag to decide their vote for them. People fought hard for the universal franchise and voters should decide for themselves who they want to vote for and not decide merely by glancing at a headline as they turn quickly to see the tits on page 3.
An excuse is worse and more terrible than a lie, for an excuse is a lie guarded.
Science can purify religion from error and superstition. Religion can purify science from idolatry and false absolutes.
I appeal to you in the language of passionate pleading. On my knees I beg you to turn away from the paths of violence and return to the paths of peace. Further violence in Ireland will only drag down to ruin the land you claim to love and the values you claim to cherish.
May no Irish Protestant think that the Pope is an enemy, a danger or a threat. My desire is that Protestants would see me as a friend and a brother in Christ.
The question confronting the Church today is not any longer whether the man in the street can grasp a religious message, but how to employ the communications media so as to let him have the full impact of the Gospel message.
Violence and arms can never resolve the problems of men.
War is a defeat for humanity. From now on it is only through a conscious choice and through a deliberate policy that humanity can survive.
I have a sweet tooth for song and music. This is my Polish sin
In my view a stupid decision as there is a real possibility that Sinn Féin will have all of the council seats in the Slieve Gullion ward come May and possibly over all control of Newry and Mourne Council.
This would be a fantastic result for the people of South Armagh as they would never have to worry about the SDLP sullying their good name ever again.
Ta mé cinnte go mbeidh Gráinne ag obair go han crua ar son muintir na Gaeltachta agus tá súil agam go mbeidh si in inmhe stadús na gaelige agus na fadbhanna ag baint leis saol na Gaeltachta a chur chun cinn. Léirionn na torthai seo go bhfuil Sinn Féin ag fás i ngach aon coirneail den oilean.
At times of sadness, I believe this prayer can offer solace to those who feel bereaved.
One night a man had a dream. He dreamed he was
walking along the beach with the Lord. Across the
sky flashed scenes from his life. For each scene,
he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand; one
belonging to him, and the other to the Lord.When the
last scene of his life flashed before him, he looked
back at the footprints in the sand. He noticed that
many times along the path there was only one set of
He also noticed that it happened at the
very lowest and saddest times in his life. This really
bothered him and he questioned the Lord about it.
'Lord, you said that once I decided to follow you,
you'd walk with me all of the way. But I have noticed
that during the most troublesome times in my life, there
is only one set of footprints. I don't understand why
when I needed you most you would leave me.
The Lord replied,
"My precious, precious child,
I love you and I would never leave you.
During your time of trial and suffering,
when you see only one set of footprints, it was then
that I carried you."