Belfast Telegraph

Brian Kennaway

Ruth Dudley Edwards: Three inspiring Orangemen who fought the good fight for their Christian faith and for fairness 

I feel keenly the loss of three fine Orangemen. Michael Phelan and Brian Kennaway, who both became close friends, and Ian Wilson, with whom I had a very warm acquaintanceship. They were inspirational and towering figures respectively in England, Ireland and Scotland, and all people of deep faith who fought for the upholding of the best principles of Orangeism: Christianity, religious tolerance and civil rights for all.

Accusations: Willie Frazer

Eilis O’Hanlon: BBC NI’s The Troubles: A Secret History has produced some jaw-dropping revelations about the ‘dirty war’ ... but are younger viewers tuning in, or tuning out? 

People in Northern Ireland apparently watch fewer hours of TV each day than in any other part of the UK, so it’s probably reassuring that, in this age of on-demand streaming and a myriad of other distractions, so many people can still be enticed to sit down at a certain time each week and all watch the same programme.

I am currently in India where they do things differently, and this Thursday, the fourth day after the first full moon after the autumn equinox, is Husband Worship Day

Malachi O'Doherty: India could learn from Northern Ireland that the path to progress is not defined by religious belief 

I have had a most unusual invitation. A friend has asked me if I would like to see him being worshipped by his wife. By worshipped he does not mean being loved and adored in the normal way of a besotted young person enrapt by the charms of a lover. He means that she will go down on her knees and prostrate herself before him. Light a votive candle and raise it to him in the manner of an abject devotee offering a sacrifice to God. And she is not the only one.

Marlene Dietrich

Mary Kenny: Celebrities often feel they need cosmetic surgery - but for how long can you fight Father Time? 

Actresses - yes, some women in the performing arts still prefer not to be called "female actors" - and songstresses often avail of cosmetic surgery. Looking younger than they are is part of their job. So it isn't surprising that Debbie Harry, the American singer, actress, songwriter and model, now aged 74, has compared facelifts to a flu injection - just a regular procedure. In her profession, it is.

Prince Harry and wife Meghan during a visit to Johannesburg this week

Lindy McDowell: The Prince of Petulance needs to realise that the media are entitled to call out double standards 

It was, as Meghan herself would say, a game changer. Having accrued considerable positive publicity over their successful tour of southern Africa, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex should be winding up this week revelling in the warm glow of all those flattering accounts of their speeches, their highlighting of good causes, Archie's unveiling and Meghan's canny choice of shirt dresses.

Thousands protested in Northern Ireland against the proposed abortion law changes

Alban Maginness: Health service professionals who object to taking part in abortions must be protected 

The easiest thing to do when things become contentious in your working life is to keep your head down and your mouth shut. But remarkably last week, 815 doctors, nurses and midwives didn't do that, but sent a strongly worded letter of protest to Secretary of State Julian Smith expressing opposition to any change in the abortion legislation here. They are so incensed by the undemocratic imposition by Westminster of an extreme abortion regime on the health service in Northern Ireland that they had to speak out publicly.

Patrick Ryan speaking with BBC reporter Jennifer O’Leary

Nelson McCausland: Patrick Ryan is a fanatic for whom human life means nothing, but when did he cease to be a Catholic priest? 

In spite of its title, Spotlight on the Troubles: A Secret History, there was not as much "secret history" as the title suggests. Moreover, the presentation was somewhat disjointed. However, there were some compelling moments and one of those was the interview with Patrick Ryan, the notorious Tipperary-born priest who was an IRA "ambassador" and "had a hand in" some of the worst IRA atrocities.

Someone might be medically diagnosed with gender dysphoria and still retain the physical characteristics generally thought to apply mostly to people of the gender that person was originally mistaken to be. (nito100/Getty/PA)

Malachi O'Doherty: Whether it is in gender identity or politics, there is no point telling someone they're not who they are 

I was taking part in a panel discussion in east Belfast last week with two other men. A woman in the audience complained that there were no women on the panel. I was a little bemused by this, because, though I am absolutely opposed to gender discrimination (some of my best friends are women, actually), I don't think a small group of three is a sample large enough to imply that any discrimination was involved. You could easily get a three-to-none ratio by tossing a coin, so no conscious bias was inferable.


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