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OPINION – ANDRÉE MURPHY: Permission to take a break is a gift to yourself

THE past few weeks in this wonderful place we call home have been incredibly difficult for various reasons. The disappearance and then discovery of Noah Donohoe was an emotional trauma which at its heart sees a devastated mother and family but extends to a population in grief. The passing and funeral of Bobby Storey has […]

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OPINION – ANDRÉE MURPHY: Irish government was blind to our heartbreak over Noah

THERE are times when partition hits home in a most sickening way. The past week in the North has yielded unending sadness and trauma with the disappearance of Noah Donohoe and the discovery of his body. Across the north of Ireland our airwaves and social media platforms were convulsed as we physically and spiritually joined […]

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OPINION – ANDRÉE MURPHY: Ireland’s seat on UN Security Council should be platform for persecuted Palestinians

Last week Ireland was elected as a temporary member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and has the term for two years. The attempt to secure election has dominated the agenda of the Irish Department for Foreign Affairs (DFA) for the past two years. Fine Gael likes to be at the top table of […]

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OPINION – ANDRÉE MURPHY: British attempt to favour some victims over others is damningly predictable and devoid of civilised norms

THERE are lots of things this ‘peace process’ has thrown up I didn’t expect but these past few months have surely surpassed them all. Did you think 22 years after the signing the Good Friday Agreement that a former prisoner in a wheelchair would have to be expressing remorse to strangers before he would be […]

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OPINION- ANDRÉE MURPHY: Dark forces of British military intelligence tearing up legacy agreements

THERE are moments in the legacy debate when the issues at stake are lit up in lights. The past six months must be viewed as critical. We either take the soup or we demand our rights, it is as simple as that. December 2014 should have been when progress was made. All parties – and […]

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OPINION – Andrée Murphy: Our world is better for the stand taken by Black America

IN the US we are seeing events echo our experience of conflict. It is impossible for us to sit in Ireland and not recognise police brutality and state impunity, its intent and form. The first white question asked about George Floyd’s death was ‘What had he done?’ When announcing that he had ‘tried to pass […]

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