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Martina Anderson

Ruth Dudley Edwards: 'Infamous five' I'd dump in dreary place so they could contemplate their failings 

Annually, after wide consultation, I provide a list of people I think Northern Ireland would be better off without. Since the object of this exercise is not to depopulate the place dangerously, I've had to rule out such sweeping suggestions as "all Stormont MLAs and their Spads", "anyone with more than one woodchip boiler", "all rude anti-Brexiteers" and "anyone who begins a sentence on the radio with the word 'So'".

‘Irish nationalism has always had an uneasy relationship with the forces of law and order’

Ruth Dudley Edwards: Why did the Irish Government decide to boycott commemoration of the police who were murdered? 

The hatred of police is still alive and well in the psyche of extreme Irish republicans and it still contaminates wider public attitudes. Thus, as the commentator Stephen Collins pointed out in the Irish Times, last week the Irish Government ignored an interdenominational service at a Dublin church to commemorate the more than 500 members of the Royal Irish Constabulary and the Dublin Metropolitan Police who were murdered between 1919 and 1922.

The shelled-out remains of the GPO after the Easter Rising

Ruth Dudley Edwards: Constance Markievicz was last night commemorated as the first woman elected to parliament... but how many gathered in the Commons knew she was almost certainly a cold-blooded killer? 

Yesterday provided another rather bizarre moment in the complex Anglo-Irish relationship when a portrait of Constance Markievicz - a photographic reproduction of an oil painting from Dublin City Gallery - was presented to the House of Commons Speaker John Bercow by his counterpart in the Dail, Ceann Comhairle Sean O Fearghail.

Gerry Adams

Ruth Dudley Edwards: Sinn Fein is just a pimple on the bottom of history... its irrelevance is becoming clear 

I'm writing at the close of a conference in Dublin hosted by the American Liberty Fund, where a small group intensively discussed 'Liberty, Nationalism and Revolution in Ireland'. I've been to all too many gatherings discussing our troubled history, but what made this one different was that the Liberty Fund takes a subject with far-reaching implications, invites people from a wide range of backgrounds and disciplines who may know nothing about it to read a few hundred pages of extracts from books, articles and speeches, and then holds sessions which everyone attends, in which there is animated discussion in an environment in which there is free speech but not a free-for-all.

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