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OPINION – JUDE COLLINS: RTÉ aping its BBC betters shows how far we have yet to travel

I READ a newspaper column by Fintan O’Toole. In it he argued that the handling of the pandemic by the southern state had been a turning point. “If Covid-19 had struck the world even five years ago, one of the first questions on the minds of Irish officials would have been: what is Britain doing?” […]

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OPINION – JUDE COLLINS: A rule of thumb for judging whether statues should stand or fall

Here, guess who said this: “We deny that it is a crime, or a wrong, or even a peccadillo to hold slaves, to buy slaves, to keep slaves to their work by flogging or other needful correction. We wish we had a good plantation well-stocked with healthy negroes in Alabama.” Right first time: John Mitchel, […]

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OPINION – Jude Collins: Presidential pomp undermines Michael D’s message of solidarity

A MENTAL itch that I’ve carried for decades has flared up in recent days. The people responsible for the flare-up are the clappers: you know, the people who stood outside their door Thursday nights and clapped the NHS workers.  Am I saying that NHS workers don’t deserve a clap? Of course not – but I […]

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OPINION – JUDE COLLINS: Gerrymandering hasn’t gone away, you know

I DID a Zoom interview last week with Colm Gildernew MLA (yes, Virginia, brother of the more famous Michelle G) on the subject of electoral boundaries.  I’d talked to him about this subject a couple of years ago, so it was interesting to see how this most sensitive of topics had developed since. To begin […]

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OPINION – JUDE COLLINS: My advice to parents worried about their children’s homeschooling: Chill

SO – how’s your lockdown going? Assuming you’re not one of those brave men and women who are out there working as shop assistants, check-out people, food-supply drivers, health workers of all kinds. The rest of us are at home, on our own or with our partner or with our family. And it has been […]

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OPINION – JUDE COLLINS: Lectures from Leo on food bank photo-ops should be taken with pinch of salt

Thank you Johnny a great video put together. Showing how our Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey was well received within Strabane today 👏👏 Posted by Michaela Boyle on Friday, 15 May 2020 SO, should Sinn Féin ministers in the north  have posted images of themselves delivering food parcels to vulnerable and elderly people? Well, no, not if […]

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