Tribeca. Ainm amaideach ar fhorbraíocht amhrasach i gCeathrú na hArdeaglaise. Is ainm é nach léiríonn beag ná mór gné ar bith de stair Bhéal Feirste. Is ainm é atá in úsáid cheana féin ar cheantar uathúil, hip in Manhattan.
THE letter of Westminster Law has meant that Michelle O’Neill must accede to designating a Stormont department to administrate the injured victims’ payment scheme. She had delayed doing this due to issues of eligibility to and financing of the scheme, issues which remain unresolved.
WHAT’S now referred to as Golfgate must feel like a dagger in the heart of Micheál Martin. Granted, Micheál’s heart these days has standing room only for daggers, what with Barry Cowen’s drink-driving thing and senior figures in his party saying publicly he doesn’t know his asarum from his elbow. And the cherry on top, his very own Tánaiste Leo Varadkar dropping critical comments as well. But the Golfgate thing has moved Micheál’s woes to a whole new level.
I USED to have an old hard-backed copy of Nora Connolly O’Brien’s ‘Portrait Of A Rebel Father’. This wonderful account of James Connolly’s life, as recalled by his daughter, is a must-read for followers of the great man. I foolishly lent my copy to a comrade and that is the last I saw of it. But that’s another story.
You have to hand it to Boris Johnson. Sometimes we snigger at his remarks but most of us have to admit that he is unpredictable. Often when he makes a pronouncement the press have a field day and then all is forgotten until the next big story, which in many ways is a pity.
Ní haon Dome of Delight atá i Halla na Cathracha ach Cruinneachán Crá. Tá ceist na gcomharthaí sráidainmneacha dátheangacha ina cíor thuathail agus cluichí polaitíochta ag teacht idir pobal na Gaeilge agus ár gcearta.
THE new Police Ombudsman is a woman of substance. In her former role as the Public Services Ombudsman she was renowned as a tough cookie, being fastidious about due process. She also held the statutory offices of Local Government Commissioner for Standards and Judicial Appointments Ombudsman. She knows about processes of accountability, and she knows where people go to hide from accountability.
DONNA Rainey won’t wait for the authorities to protect our countryside – she knows it’ll be too late. As each year passes the things that make Irish nature so special are disappearing right before our eyes.
I MAKE no apologies about what i will say in the next sentence. Corporate leadership in any sector should be driven by a bit of empathy, not bombastic bragging. Yes, corporate entities are there to make profit, that is the baseline, but there comes a point when the means to the end is much more important than the end itself.
The DUP’s Peter Weir has the air of a slightly harassed headmaster. He also is closer to the liberal end of the DUP (if that’s not a contradiction in terms) rather than the raw-reactionary end. Unfortunately for him, he’s also the Minister for Education and so, after his u-turn on A-Levels, looks less like a headmaster and more like a man who’s kicked a hornet’s nest.