Muhammad Ali was a fascinating human being. So utterly charismatic, majestic and captivating. In a brilliant New Yorker piece documenting his life, David Remnick asked: What modern athlete, much less one at Ali’s level, has ever talked with such political complexity, ambiguity and engagement? I can’t think of one who came even close. Indeed, modern […]


The Spectator‘s Alex Massie penned an article last Tuesday entitled: “Jeremy Corbyn should not be allowed to rewrite the history of his support for the IRA”. Corbyn’s association with Sinn Féin – the political wing of the now-decommissioned (Provisional) Irish Republican Army – is a common line of attack used against him by his opponents. Whilst it is true that Corbyn has been happy to meet […]

Ken Livingstone (Annette Boutellier; CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons).

When I first heard British Labour Party MP Ken Livingstone‘s comments about Jews, Zionism and Adolf Hitler on Vanessa Feltz’ radio show, they instinctively struck me as problematic and offensive. The words of the exchange, which specifically related to remarks a fellow party MP, Naz Shah, had made about Jews and the state of Israel, were as […]


For months, Conservative health secretary Jeremy Hunt has been locked in a bitter dispute with the British Medical Association (BMA) over his plan to impose a new contract for NHS junior doctors in England. The BMA is a medical trade union that represents the national body of junior doctors, the overwhelming majority of whom deem the terms […]


My mother is from Connacht; it’s in the west of Ireland, but we from the north generally call that “down south”. My father is from Tyrone, which is north of the Irish border. I myself grew up along the Donegal-Derry stretch of the border, where the Laggan district meets Inishowen. I lived, was schooled and socialised between Derry city and […]


This is a follow-up to a piece I published last Thursday night in relation to the veracity of a “death-threat” allegation that was made by Regina Doherty of Fine Gael in the aftermath of a controversial radio discussion she had had with Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams last Monday. The segment of the conversation that […]


If their suspect conduct over the past number of weeks in the run-up to tomorrow’s Irish general election is anything by which to judge, the mainstream media in Ireland certainly won’t bother probing this, so I suppose I’d better… Last Tuesday, Regina Doherty, a TD for the centre-right governing-coalition party Fine Gael, alleged that she received an anonymous death-threat in the aftermath of […]