The Dalriada Document -Professor Brendan O’Leary

31 07 2016



A very interesting document by political scientist Professor Brendan O’Leary, the following is from the introduction

“This document was written in a cottage very close to Dalriada Avenue in the village of Cushendall in the Glens of Antrim on the north-east coast of Northern Ireland. Across the North Channel the Mull of Kintyre is strikingly visible in good weather. Dál Riata, also known as Dalriada or Dalriata, was an Irish-speaking polity that included parts of western Scotland and northeastern Ireland. The argument advanced here is not a romantic fantasy that wills the resurrection of the ancient polity of Dalriada (or its language); instead the Dalriada Document responds to the fact that the present needs and mandates in historic Ulster and Scotland are in deep danger of being ignored in current political deliberations. What is sketched here is a multinational compromise of potential benefit to the peoples of these islands, and the peoples of the European Union. It respects the preferences democratically expressed in different parts of the two Unions that make up the United Kingdom and those expressed in Gibraltar in 2016, and those expressed in both parts of Ireland in 1998, and in Scotland in 1997 and 2014.”

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Special Lecture – Roger Casement – Realities and Illusions of Colonialism

27 07 2016

Casement Lecture

Tomorrow evening’s lecture will be in the Kenbane Lounge  of the Corrymeela Centre Ballycastle and will be given by John Gray former Librarian of the Linen Hall Library. John has written and broadcast extensively on Irish social and cultural history. Belfast. Amongst his publications are City in revolt: James Larkin & the Belfast dock strike of 1907 (1985), The Sans Culottes of Belfast: the United Irishmen and the men of no property (1998) and Troubled images: posters and images of the Northern Ireland conflict (2001). A Question and Answer session will follow. Please feel free to join us and bring a friend.


“Hand of history should be feeling somebody’s collar” 

8 07 2016


SDLP Foyle MP Mark Durkan has said it is clear that the invasion of Iraq was based on ‘a false premise and a false promise’ – and that the Chilcot report shows there was duplicity in the government’s overall presentation on this to the public and Parliament.

Strongly criticising Tony Blair’s decision to go to war, Mr Durkan also echoed the former PM’s remark ahead of signing the Good Friday Agreement by saying that “the hand of history should be feeling someone’s collar!” 

Addressing Prime Minister David Cameron during yesterday’s House of Commons debate on the Iraq inquiry, Mr Durkan said: “Those of us who come to the report scandalised anew by the duplicity of presentation and the paucity of preparation on such grave matters must nevertheless remember most those who are acutely burdened today by their cruel sense of futility of sacrifice in terms of lives lost, lives devastated and lives changed.

“The Prime Minister has rightly emphasised that lessons need to be learnt, but we must be careful not to turn the report into a greywash by converting it into a syllabus about foresight in government and oversight in Parliament.

“This is not a day for soundbites, but does the Prime Minister not agree that the hand of history should be feeling someone’s collar?”

David Cameron replied that he thought “there’s a huge amount to learn and I think everyone who has played a part in it has to take their responsibility for it”.