Boycott of An Taoiseach by Boston Cathlolic Hierarchy

We will, in the coming weeks, be celebrating the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s visit to Ireland. Also coming up soon is the 53rd anniversary of the speech President Kennedy made to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association when he was running for the presidency of the United States. He made his speech in September 1960, … Continue reading

Thoughtfulness helped Obama turn US around


President’s re-election represents a triumph for analytical politics over blind ideology On assuming office in 2009, Barack Obama was dealt a terrible set of cards, and has done a generally admirable job of damage limitation, while attempting to address the economic, political and international calamities that he inherited from his predecessor. By way of contrast, … Continue reading

Santorum should be careful what he wishes for. . .

Secularism gives minorities a chance to thrive. Others are far less fortunate. Rick Santorum is in a predicament of the most exceptional awkwardness. The devoutly Roman Catholic US Republican presidential candidate hopeful is desperately courting the mainly southern and mid-western conservative vote, a constituency which is disproportionately evangelical Protestant and historically, anti-Catholic. While fundamentalist Catholics … Continue reading

Penny has dropped: political talent pool is far too shallow

Published in the Sunday Independent on 10th May, 2009 The system needs to change so that the right people can find their way into the Dail. There has never been a time when the world needed talented political leadership more than it does now. The set of global challenges which will face our children and … Continue reading

A Second Republic could cure our ills

Published in the Sunday Independent on 1st February, 2009 Radical change in our political system, including a new Constitution, could encourage real leadership. “The fault dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves, that we are underlings.” — Shakespeare THE words spoken by Cassius in Julius Caesar were a warning to his friend … Continue reading

At last, a black man may get the keys to the White House

Published in the Sunday Independent on 2nd November, 2008 Despite a history of racial division, US voters are ready to elect their first black president. I HAVE many happy memories of my Irish-American childhood in Brooklyn. I played baseball in the street, planted watermelon seeds in the cracks between the paving stones, and pranced through … Continue reading

Traditional tribalism means we always hang with our own

Published in the Sunday Independent on 6th January, 2008 We are a nation of few ideals served by two main parties with practically identical ideologies, writes John Crown Deputy Martin Mansergh’s recent “unattributed re-iteration” of the famous Benjamin Franklin line (originally uttered by that great American patriot and polymath after he and his revolutionary colleagues … Continue reading