Periscopeby Niall O'Dowd
- Profile in Irish fighting courage - Heffernan’s campaign for respite care for families dealing with fatal rare illnesses such as Batten’s disease
- Senator Schumer says Irish deserve a separate deal for visas because of 1965 shutout - Says “Schumer visas” set to give Ireland 10,500 visas a year for the future
- Prospects for immigration reform bill are 50-50 say the pols privately - House seen as major obstacle as Senate gets closer to a vote
- Chilling testimony before congressional hearing on Pat Finucane death - New hearings told how informer was murdered before he could give evidence
- U.S. Tourism Ireland chief Joe Byrne says goodbye and hello again to massive acclaim - Popular Carlow native led tourist figures to Ireland to historic heights
His points are thought provoking.
Essentially, he says the reason the matter of child abuse got out of hand can be found at the very kernel of the meaning of being a Catholic priest.
The church in Ireland has long been divided between the Celtic and Roman affiliations.
The Celtic church adherents stress the pastoral nature of the church, the need to be at one with their flock and deal with the problems that arise on the pastoral level. It is locally based and grounded.
I hope it passes and in the US Senate too.
The diversity visas, known as the Schumer visas after Senator Charles Schumer, originally started out as a visa system to help more Irish come legally to America after they were frozen out by the 1965 immigration act.
In Ireland the Prime Minister Enda Kenny gave the most courageous speech arguably in the country's history when he confronted the Vatican with the fallout from their benighted policy of covering up child sexual abuse.
This is a country remember, where until relatively recently the "special position of the Catholic Church" was enshrined in the constitution.
That seems to be the gist of today's New York Times article which examined migraines in deep detail and appears to indicate that Bachmann may have a problem.
To which I say bullbleep.
Dissident IRA groups are seeking a foothold once again in America and are making a major push according to reliable sources.
In recent months they have focused on Irish American civil rights activists, many of whom have attended at nationalists events aimed at stopping Orange marchers going through their neighborhoods.
In January 1994 complete details of a conversation I had with Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams were reported some of it verbatim in the London Sunday Times owned by Murdoch.
Clearly someone was hacking or wiretapping the phone of Gerry Adams.
His selection throws the race for president of Ireland wide open again.
It was Fine Gael's to lose and they may just have.
The hacking scandal in Britain will be that country's Watergate I predict, a spreading scandal and cancer that will eat away at the heart of the Britihs political, law enforcement and media establishment.
It may well take down Rupert Murdoch, described as the most power man in Britain since Winston Churchhill and the Prime Minister David Cameron as well.
The Murdoch question comes down to ala Watergate what did he know and when did he know it?
The newspaper simply crossed the line between tabloid journalism and criminal behavior and it had to go.
Known universally as 'The News of the Screws' for its focus on sex scandals and the like, it was a classic Murdoch newspaper, full of tits and tattle masquerading as the conscience of British society.
She understands better than most the ambivalence in Ireland towards emigrants and those who leave the country.
She has just written a thought provoking piece for
July 4th, Independence Day, that we celebrate today, transformed the world forever.
The divine right of kings, the old order, foundered never to return in the same strength.
That is exactly what top Republican strategist Matthew Dowd is advocating in National Journal this week.
Dowd writes "Before Rory McIlroy’s triumph fades in our memories, it’s worth considering the lessons the young Irishman’s U.S. Open victory offers for the 2012 presidential race.
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