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OCTOBER 5th -WHAT WAS IT ALL ABOUT?

OCTOBER 5th -WHAT WAS IT ALL ABOUT?

British civil rights – that’s what we were agitating and marching for in 1968. The demand was for the same citizenship rights   as those enjoyed in Carlisle or Exeter, Reading or Inverness.  With unemployment figures, ranked among the highest in Europe, local authority housing denied to the

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WELCOME SORCHA

 Sorcha Óg You arrived Sorcha with the dawn on the fifteenth of June, another bairn for Scotland, a sister for Leo and Senan, a daughter for Jen and Neill , another grandchild, a   burst of radiance  in this gilded summer. Your Gaelic name means ‘light’ and you

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DEVASTATION OF UNIVERSAL CREDIT

DEVASTATION OF UNIVERSAL CREDIT

Growing up in Ireland, the Paupers’ Field and the Polo Field were our childhood play areas. As children, the emotional overtones did not register with us nor did any real distinction occur between the  two grounds. Seventy years later , I find those memories strangely relevant to

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Donald – a Tullibody Inspiration

Reaching out to people and touching their lives, is not instinctive human activity. It is learned and practiced behaviour. Not all of us are capable of committing to it nor, indeed, do we   wish to have  any appreciable level of involvement in the lives of others.  Only

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NO SWEARING

NO SWEARING

Sajid Javid has proposed that all holders of public office should take an oath of allegiance to British values. What those values are, or represent, is not specifically defined but some ribald suggestions have surfaced on the internet  from warm pints of bitter to mushy peas. Given

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Whither Arlene, Ruth and Boris?

Whither Arlene, Ruth and Boris?

 Pupils seeking examples of irony for their Higher English prelims should forsake Shakespeare and read Tim Shipman’s book , ‘All Out War’; it is a Brexit tale  that deftly describes the deals, betrayals and broken promises that laid low much of the recognisable, political class in Britain.

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THE BRITISH EMPIRE – A MOSTLY BENIGN RULE?

THE BRITISH EMPIRE – A MOSTLY BENIGN RULE?

A newsletter in Church today carried a piece by a recently deceased priest on a French,  Trappist monk, Charles de Foucauld, who is a candidate for beatification and the  late author was one of those involved in the presentation of his cause to the Vatican. De Foucauld,

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Grammar Schools – the Great Divide

Grammar Schools – the Great Divide

‘ The Prime Minister should stop “obsessing” about grammar schools and order a massive expansion of vocational education to address skills shortages that will worsen after Brexit’; not my words but those of Michael Wilshaw, the Head of Ofsted, whose job is to advise the Government on standards

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BREXIT – Should I be rejoicing?

BREXIT – Should I be rejoicing?

Conflicted probably best summarises my thoughts in the aftermath of the Brexit Vote. Given the trajectory of my political and social development , I should be unspeakably delighted that GB jumped off a cliff into the mire on June 23rd; the very public humiliation of a British Prime

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Bishop Eddie Daly – a moral force against injustice

Bishop Eddie Daly – a moral force against injustice

Bishop Eddie Daly’s first ministry was as curate in St Patrick’s  Castlederg;  I began my   teaching career there at St Eugene’s Secondary School. He would have been very aware , as I was, of the extent of rural poverty and deprivation in the surrounding area. Nevertheless, his

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