The Budget from hell

Shortly before the Minister for Finance, Brian Lenihan, entered the Dail to deliver his budget speech on April 7th I witnessed three dramas which more eloquently described the state of Irish society than did the budget debate. In one, a man in a business suit standing beside me in a Dublin bar with three friends…

Border shopping will end partition!

A veteran republican friend of mine sighed sadly to me recently and said: “You know I’ve worked for Irish unity all my life and now it looks as though the supreme irony is that the Border will be removed by cross-border shopping!” My friend was concerned at the prospect that the loss to the Irish…