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2109, 2017

Halawa’s acquittal a ray of hope in an otherwise bleak landscape

The news this week that Ibrahim Halawa was acquitted in Egypt of all charges against him caught many of us by surprise. After so many false hopes in his farcical [...]

1205, 2017

My weekly inspiration

I'm inspired by the French vote for liberalism over extremism, protectionism & racism. As I was away on holidays last week I didn’t get a chance to write about Emmanuel Macron’s [...]

1005, 2017

Trump’s firing of Comey “terrifying” “Nixonian” “thuggish”

When I turned on the radio this morning I nearly fell out of bed when I heard the news headlines announcing the bombshell that Donald Trump had fired the American [...]

2504, 2017

Macron win won’t alleviate massive voter dissatisfaction

The French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron did very well last weekend after receiving almost 24% of the vote in the first round of France’s presidential elections. But the far-right candidate [...]

2204, 2017

My weekly inspiration

My weekly inspiration this week are the families of the 4 courageous Coast Guard Helicopter crew who lost their lives when Rescue 116 crashed off the Mayo coast last month. [...]

2104, 2017

Will terrorist attacks increase Le Pen vote?

I’m afraid Thursday’s terrorist attack in Paris could lead to an increase in support for France’s far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen in Sunday’s first-round of elections. Her recent vow [...]

1804, 2017

Theresa May’s election gamble

This morning I was all ready to write about Turkey’s slide towards an increasing dictatorship following Sunday’s referendum that will give even more power to the Turkish president Recep Tayyip [...]

1304, 2017

My weekly Inspiration

My inspiration this week is Saffiyah Khan the young British woman of Bosnian and Pakistani background who calmly stood up to a bully from the EDL (English Defence League) during [...]

1304, 2017

A fabulous new theatre for Galway

Today I’m back in my office in Galway after a frenetic four week schedule jetting back and forth from Ireland to various parts of Europe. I love returning home after [...]

2202, 2017

Politics of ‘demonisation’ creating divided and dangerous world – Amnesty

Amnesty International today released its annual report on the state of human rights across the world. It makes for grim reading and it is a damning indictment of leaders, governments, [...]

2401, 2017

Trump and his world of alternative facts by Karen Coleman

Donald Trump has only been in the White House a few days but already his presidency is gearing up to be as belligerent and aggressive as the tone of his [...]

1101, 2017

Trump’s campaign manager defends her boss

Watch this video of Donald Trump's incoming White House counsellor Kellyanne Conway defending her boss over those allegations from the so-called Russian dossier reports. She's being grilled by NBC's Seth Meyers [...]

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