This week, a century ago, Lloyd George and Arthur Griffith found a way forward. Griffith and Collins thought that it would deliver an independent Irish state of 28 counties, including Tyrone and Fermanagh.
Thousands of Irish emigrants thronged Euston railway station in London. They came to support negotiators arriving by train from Holyhead. Bands played The Soldier’s Song and marched behind cars carrying Treaty delegates through cheering Irish crowds.
In September 1921, British p rime m inister Lloyd George went on a long fishing holiday in a remote Scottish glen. Yet he invited the Irish to meet him for Treaty talks nearby, at Inverness. But Dev laid down conditions.
It was, wrote one reporter, “the most memorable gathering that has been held in Dublin in our recent history”. The post-Truce Dáil met for the first time on August 16, 1921, in Dublin’s Mansion House. In a “pitiless downpour”, members of the public queued to be admitted and many had to be turned away. Inside a crowded Round Room, the new TDs stood up. They recited together an oath to “support and defend the Irish Republic”.
The first week of July 1921. At long last a truce looks likely. Weary from the War of Independence and the Black and Tans, people are hopeful. Sinn Féin is meeting southern unionists. Two men arrive for key peace talks at Dublin’s Mansion House.
Did Ireland's Central Bank break the criminal law by failing to report to the Garda certain behaviour by senior employees and Davy shareholders when they learnt of its general nature in 2014 and 2015? Why did Davy itself not report it?
Denis O'Brien is a successful Irish businessman and philanthropist who has invested heavily in the Irish media - more than €500m reportedly. But he made his fortune by winning the licence to operate Ireland's second mobile phone network, a victory still wrapped in controversy.
We were not all "at it". Not everyone let babies die cruelly in mother and child "homes". Just as we were not all responsible for the reckless behaviour that later broke banks and cost Ireland billions. Blaming society in general is a means of avoiding accountability.
Anyone who thinks that an Irish commissioner at the current EU Brexit talks can stop or radically influence the ultimate trade deal that our bigger European neighbours will hammer out with the UK in their own interests is a fantasist. Irish diplomats, officials and our EU commissioner will make our case and it will be taken into account - but only up to a point.
Denis O'Brien is a rich and influential man. Controversial, he has contradicted findings of the Moriarty Tribunal that impugn his character. He has successfully sued a newspaper for questioning his motives in helping the people of Haiti after its earthquake. Some people hate him.
The Irish media this weekend have decided not to report statements made by Catherine Murphy TD in the Dail. Those statements refer to billionaire Denis O'Brien, a major shareholder in Independent News & Media and other important companies in Ireland and abroad.
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