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Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney (left) speaks with his Belgian counterpart Sophie Wilmes during a meeting of EU foreign ministers at the European Council building in Brussels yesterday. Photo: AP Photo/Virginia Mayo

Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney (left) speaks with his Belgian counterpart Sophie Wilmes during a meeting of EU foreign ministers at the European Council building in Brussels yesterday. Photo: AP Photo/Virginia Mayo

Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney (left) speaks with his Belgian counterpart Sophie Wilmes during a meeting of EU foreign ministers at the European Council building in Brussels yesterday. Photo: AP Photo/Virginia Mayo

It may be time to bring back the Skibbereen Eagle. In September 1898, the plucky publication from that west Cork town issued a stern warning to no less a target than the Tsar of Russia.

Their leader writer proclaimed that the paper would “keep its eye on the Emperor of Russia, and all such despotic enemies – whether at home or abroad – of human progression, and man’s natural rights”. 


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