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Archbishop Eamon Martin took part in the funeral service for Martin McGuinness

Archbishop Eamon Martin took part in the funeral service for Martin McGuinness

Martin McGuinness

Martin McGuinness

Archbishop Eamon Martin took part in the funeral service for Martin McGuinness

Two recent happenings made an unexpected connection for me very recently. One was an intensification of the campaign to have the next Irish Government endorse the anti-Israel Occupied Territories Bill and its support by some vociferously anti-Israel Jews. The second was the reverential coverage of what would have been the late Martin McGuinness's 70th birthday on Saturday.

Now, I'm rather partial to the company of Jews, since no one could ever accuse them of having a herd mentality. Rather like Presbyterians, they argue with each other constantly.

Fond though I am of my native country the Republic of Ireland, its domination by a tribe that is culturally Catholic had the unfortunate result of encouraging groupthink.