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

Secret state papers expose Sinn Féin collusion myth as the spook lie it is - time to admit the truth

- time for certain journalists and other groups to admit they were duped.

They never completely go away you know - the Union Jack flies over Dublin
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The real importance of Smithwick Tribunal is its outing of one News Int's key informants in Ireland

Meet serial spook, phone hacker and smear merchant Peter Keeley (aka Kevin Fulton) –

I have firm evidence that in 1998, Peter Keeley received a payment of £500 GBP in a Belfast hotel from a journalist working for Alex Marunchak. At that time, Marunchak was editor of The News of the World but by the early 2000s Marunchak had been promoted to overall executive for all News International operations in Ireland. Even in today’s money, five hundred pounds sterling is a decent amount but in 1998 it was a hefty fee. Not only that, Keeley was told by Marunchak that he had done good work and there was more to come.
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Smithwick – RTÉ nails its political colours to the mast - the now discredited RUC are the good guys and the IRA is the “enemy”

A depressingly necessary preamble -

What I say below does not for a moment mean that I am insensitive to the pain of a family who has lost a loved one; be that police officers as in this case, or families of Irish republicans, or of pro British loyalists. It also goes without saying that the families of uninvolved civilians probably bear the worst pain of all from events provoked by the "Troubles". Only the out of touch - fossilised in Dublin 4 - Irish media makes a distinction – as we shall see, viewing the lives of RUC men as more deserving of investigation and commemoration than the thousands of victims of a sectarian state underpinned by successive British governments.
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The day I met one of Denmark's greatest ever chroniclers - Klaus Rifbjerg

Recently I put the finishing touches to the first draft of my translation of Den kroniske uskyld (Terminal Innocence in my English language version). Den kroniske uskyld is not only one of Danish writer Klaus Rifbjerg’s first works but also one of his finest novels. I then went to København – Copenhagen to pay homage to one of modern Europe’s greatest writers. Some readers will recall that I have already translated a short Rifbjerg essay – Arbejde – Work, which can be read here -
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