Remembering the Holocaust and recalling why we could never vote SF
While we mark the liberation of Auschwitz, there are other ghosts who we will remember at the going down of the sun and in the morning
When you look back at your life and cringe at something you did, it's very often because your ego got in the way. Maybe if you'd left yourself out of it, you would have done it better.
I cringe when I remember the visit to Ireland in 1980 of Dr Karl Karstens, president of West Germany. He had been elected only a year earlier amid some controversy over his Nazi past - having joined Hitler's Brownshirt stormtroopers in the early 1930s.
He chose Ireland for his first state visit - an extraordinary courtesy. But I, by chance, came across a confidential Foreign Affairs briefing note to TDs.