Pól Ó Lorcáin
Paul Larkin

Chroniclers are privileged to enter where they list, to come and go through keyholes, to ride upon the wind, to overcome in their soarings up and down, all obstacles of distance, time and place.
Charles Dickens - Barnaby Rudge, Chapter The Ninth

As another RTÉ personality stands for Fine Gael - we discover that George Lee was on Leave of Absence

RTÉ – The political wing of the Blueshirt state.

The real scandal about the George Lee affair has very little to do with the man himself, nor does it really affect Fine Gael, though neither party comes out unscathed from this political and journalistic débâcle. The Phoenix magazine has shown that Lee and Fine Gael had been loving up to each other for some time. No, the biggest cause for concern is that RTÉ, as the state broadcaster, has once again displayed its complete lack of independence and journalistic integrity.

Last month, I posted an article on the Cic Saor site lampooning the fact that the then Fine Gael politician George Lee had been a guest along with senior RTÉ journalist Charlie Bird on Miriam O’Callaghan’s Sunday morning radio show.

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The Long Drive To Peace

For Gerry Adams and Peter Robinson

Limbs still juddering from the drive
Riddled with machine gun gears and tyres

The cruel tarmac suddenly stopped
And we were home.

I stepped out under a vault of stars
And staggered to the end of the world

Orion shaping his once mighty sword
To a ploughshare over Gola island

Peace descending all about me
And the once Bloody Foreland

@ Paul Larkin
Carraic -Gaoth Dobhair


Stephen Collins and a parody of political analysis

In Saturday’s Irish Times (30th of January, 2010), political commentator Steven Collins served up possibly the worst example of political analysis I have ever seen in this our only ‘paper of record’ (allegedly). Stephen Collins does not like the Good Friday Agreement.

In fact his antipathy towards the Good Friday Agreement is so great that he does not even make a pretence of journalistic analysis but rather chooses to ignore the historical facts and vents his partitionist spleen at what he describes as pandering (I paraphrase) to the “extremes” of Northern politics. These extremes, needless to say, are Sinn Féin on the “Catholic” Side and Ian Paisley’s DUP on the Protestant side.

The article can be viewed here:

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