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PRESIDENT HIGGINS RIGHT NOT TO ATTEND SERVICE CELEBRATING PARTITION.

The President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, was invited to a church service in Northern Ireland to celebrate the PARTITION of Ireland and the SETTING UP of NORTHERN IRELAND.

Thats like asking the president of Israel to attend a service celebrating the anniversary of the establishment of Auschwitz.

Or asking a Balkan president to attend a church service to celebrate the establishment of ethnic cleansing.

The partition of Ireland, by the British, was the final blow in Britain’s 800 years of invasion and colonisation of Ireland.

No self-respecting Irish person should be happy with this invasion and colonisation achieved generally by barbaric means.

Certainly, an Irish president should ever attend such a ceremony.

PRESIDENT’S PROPER TITLE

When the organisers of this badly named church service wrote to President Higgins, calling him the PRESIDENT OF IRELAND.

The DUP then deliberately called him THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF IRELAND.

That is not President Higgins title. He is simple the PRESIDENT OF IRELAND.

In talking to him as they did the DUP deliberately tried to say that he had no role to play in Northern Ireland.

I am an Irish citizen living in Northern Ireland for 43 years.

I regard President Higgins as my president.

Currently in International Law Northern Ireland is part of the UK.

I would never attempt to insult Queen Elizabeth or indeed the UK flag or national anthem.

But we cannot ignore our history and eventually there must be a resolution on the island to the historic problem.

AMY MARTIN’S STUPIDITY;

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Amy is a Catholic from Derry’s Bogside and here he is throwing in his lot with the Brits and Unionists.

His forebears must be revolving in their graves.

165 replies on “PRESIDENT HIGGINS RIGHT NOT TO ATTEND SERVICE CELEBRATING PARTITION.”

Holding the service in a former Catholic cathedral seized by Scottish and English Planters is also an insult to the Irish Catholic indigenous population.

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I would not attend that service either because of Communicatio in sacris. Ould Miggeldy as an atheist was quiet right too, as it would be hypocrisy for him to attend any church service.

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No you should definitely stay away from any risk of communing in holy things and stick to Grindr, mister.

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I think the Church of England would happily return every pre-reformation church in England to the church of Rome. Good luck with their upkeep 😂

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Not like they’ve sucked a seminarian off on the altar, jizzed in a chalice and so on. Don’t be silly, mister.

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No the C of E can keep them now as they have already desecrated them over the years. They are tainted.

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11:27am
No mister you would know nothing about holy things you stick to what you know best Grindr. I’ll stick to what I know best. The Holy Sacrifice of The Mass. Which I’m sure you’re a stranger to, being usually occupied in filth.

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Most of the clergy who will be there are athiest too including the Protestant laymen dressed up as clergy.

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10:49, are you sure he in an atheist?
President Michael D Higgins said; “People have said that I am an atheist,”
“I have never described myself as an atheist, ever, ever.”
“I am not saying what I am, but I have never done that.”
The Pontiff said; “Today, I did not just meet a man, the president, I met a wise man of today.”
President Michael D Higgins is indeed a wise man.
Pax.

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Pat: one correction: President Higgins issued a statement clarifying that the Organisers referred to him – as they always have done – as President of Ireland. He said others, the DUP referred to him as President of the Republic of Ireland. This is important. On reflection, I am saddened that he chose not to attend and sadly he contributed to the controversy himself. I believe there is great merit in praying together ecumenically for HOPE. Too many politicians have used this occasion for personal agendas. Your analogies at beginning of your comments are absurd. I also think Archbishop Martin should have just accepted the President’s decision not to attend without using “unexpected”. The organisers are well intentioned. Let’s not debase their motivations. I have worries about the possibility for unity, healing and peace in our country. This is a most unfortunate controversy.

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10.55
Do not forget Archbishop Eamon is not doing this for the people he is doing it for HIS career as it was sent straight off to Vatican Communications by Long.
Eamon has only one wish and that being Sean Brady dead so it may speed up his red Beretta.
A man with 60 parishes and still young needing an Auxiliary Bishop is shocking and the time to sort out Dromore is shocking as well but what can you say about a careerist bureaucrat.

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Pat,
I don’t often agree with your views which at times I find offensive in the extreme, but you have a great ability to express things in a highly articulate and accurate way. This post on President Michael D. is a gem. Your comparison with the President of Israel being invited to celebrate the opening of Auschwitz is a clever analogy which makes an eloquent point. I too agree that our President is right to decline the invitation.
Pat, could I offer a further analogy: it would be like inviting the bishop of Down & Conor to celebrate with you your anniversary of occupying the house in Larne. 🙂
Do you think he’d come?

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You have to start this annual observance and invite him. May I suggest this would also be an opportune moment to start the tridentine rite?

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8.43 doesn’t distinguish between a (colloquial) oral register and a written one.

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8.56: But, would you ever invite the Bishop, Pat? After all you are in your home because of his Christian kindness and charity…and by extension the kind people of Down and Conor Diocese. An open air party would be nice….Let’s celebrate.

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Gloria it works both ways and that is the same as communications.
I understand totally the way Bishop Buckley was treated by Cardinal Daly however that is for the Lord to Judge him.
Has Bishop pat ever sent a letter or a simple email to Bishop Treanor saying Thank You for keeping me wind and water tight certainly NOT however he will be quick enough to contact Lisbreen for any leaks.
I do not every see both of them celebrating Holy Mass together however Bishop Treanor has respect for Bishop Pat and also do not forget Bishop Noel is a European Diplomat on behalf of the Irish Conference.

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In an unterview in Rome the President admitted to confusing matters y saying he was speaking about the DUP and not the Church Leaders re: Republic of Ireland. Pat: read the letter sent to Micgael D. and follow his clarifications. It is too easy to use misinformation to yet again, condemn Eamon Martin.

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Eamon Martin condemned himself by going on tv like the the big Wuss he is and appear to crticise the President. Useless piece of chaff.

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The British have always sought to influence the appointment to Armagh. Thatcher tried to stop the appointment of Tom Fee. However, they seemed very happy with his successor Cahal B, the wounded healer Brady and the current disaster that is Eamon Martin – I wonder why? All British Establishment patsies.

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Well done President Higgins. Thank God that Michael D is our president at this time of the decade of centenaries, rather than Mary Mc Aleese. She would have attended this event without any doubt. Michael D spent six months deliberating on it before declining the invite. That shows that he is not insulting anyone; instead he gave serious consideration to it and obviously looked at it from every angle. He is a credit to our country. He has culture, he speaks well and is a wonderful ambassador of Ireland. As a priest, I am so disappointed that Archbishop Martin is involved in commemorating the partition of our country.

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11.16: I think Michael D. Higgins was being unnecessarily aggressive, petulant and acting rather haughtily. I have some respect for his derp thinking and intellectual rigour but i believe he has, unintentionally, made bridge building a more difficult project.

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Frankly the island of Ireland would fare much better without religious interference be that Catholic or Protestant.

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The President has since corrected the record as the invitation actually referred to him as President of Ireland (and not the Republic). It was the DUP who kept referring to him in their comments as President of the Republic

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Dear Pat, just so you know, mr Higgins stated that the invitation had addressed him as ‘President of the Rep. Of Ireland ‘, which he is. He them had to roll back on that, as the invitation did not address him as that: the line now is the DUP have at times referred to him as the president of the republic of Ireland (which he is) (Irish Times interview on Thursday last) He is just being rude for the sake of being rude.

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This blog will inevitably be contentious with comments expressed largely influenced by cultural perspectives: opinions, in which, inevitably, and certainly in N. Ireland, religion, as linked to cultural identity, plays a major part.
So there’s no right or wrong to it, only opinions.
My own?
President Higgins has acted supremely correctly, courteously and entirely appropriately.
To “celebrate” the gerrymandered division of a small nation along religious lines was ill conceived, wrong, and ultimately is destined to fail.
I say this while fully acknowledging the perspectives of Unionists aligned to the UK.
But acknowledgement does not imply acceptance that the status quo must persist indefinitely.
There needs to be respectful accommodation of all our religious and cultural identities.
And there is a parallel here with the various branches of theistic belief organisations, especially the Christian ones.
MMM

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MMM the service wasn’t dubbed a celebration but to mark an historic event.
Part of it could have included repentence for the wrongs on all sides in the creation of NI and the subsequent history, including the gerrymandering, discrimination and state brutality, and the IRA terrorism as well. It could have been a moment of reconciliation but Higgins threw a metaphorical hand grenade into it, stirred up another row and confirmed unionist fears that they would be barely tolerated guests in any united Ireland.

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Catholics have been barely tolerated guests in this part of the Island for 100 years. That thankfully is changing and fast.

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10.32
I am so glad you have seen the Order of Service can you share it with us please so we give correct comments about the Archbishop.
He should be ashamed accepting an invite like that and yes both Archbishop of Armagh and excellent on unity but never a service like tis it is shocking to the core and will empty RCC more.

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10.32: How sad that so many politicians have used this controversy for their own agendas. Regrettably, the President has added to the sense among Unionists that the Irish don’t really care about them. It’s a very divisive issue caused as much by the President as the politicians. I believe it is a huge set back in establishing trust, harmony, tolerance and reconciliation, ultimate unity, on our entire land.

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1.00pm – the themes of the service are set out in the very polite letter addressed to him, NB, as President of Ireland.

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1.18, Higgins is completely correct to avoid mixing his position and what he represents with religion, with any specific format of ecumenism and with sentimentality.

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Pat, notwithstanding the fact that the phrase ‘priest-Ridden Ireland’ has a new coinage in our milieu, there is Amy dabbling in politics when he doesn’t want the Church investigated by the State for its unregulated, baby-selling, conventual torture chambers. At least for healthy children, adoption offered them a reprieve from an early, unmarked, grave. I wish that we were offered a reprieve from Amy’s grovelling, acquiescent, establishmentarianism. He will enjoy nothing better than making a chassé in his archiepiscopal purple and fine linen and if he calls out “yoo-hoo Lilibet”, he’s probably hailing one of his presbyterate, celebrating the partition of Ireland and all of the misery that ensued as a result, whilst offering a bended, quisling knee to Mrs. Windsor (not her fault, she has to go wherever she is sent; Amy does not), perhaps in the hope of being ennobled, or simply for a regular, guaranteed, invitation to future Palace garden parties, entertained by the ‘Three Priests’ O.B.E. Cardinal O’Fiach might have accepted the invitation, but he would have taken the reliqueried head of St. Oliver Plunkett with him; Cardinal Conway refused all invitations from the British Government on a neatly scripted, black-bordered card. Keep ‘er lit, President of Ireland (we could do with a man like you in Ara Coeli) and you’re right: the DUP boycotted every event that you attended in the North of (northern) Ireland and are now seeking to make petty, political capital out of your refusal to forget Ireland’s “old tradition of nationhood”, your history, forebears and countrymen, whilst the Bogside Boy forgets the bowl he was baked in.

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This is the whole thing right here.
The church always interferes but won’t have reasonable oversight from outside. One of the most disgraceful (in fact murderous) examples is the Mother Superior of Tyburn and Catholic Truth Scotland suggesting to people that the vaccine is more dangerous than the virus. At least this means natural selection will take out people fool enough to listen to them.

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President Higgins is a highly intelligent and compassionate man of principle, who has dedicated himself for many years to the cause of peace, reconciliation and a shared home for all on this island. He was completely right not to decline to attend.
I remember a few years ago Fr. Eugene O’Neill taking to the media to say that the seminarians at that time did not support reunification and the uproar it caused among the seminarians. The Roman Church is and always has been in the pocket of the British state, it always will be.
So well done to Uachtarán na hÉireann for his principled stance, the ever increasing majority support his decision even if loyalism and Romanism don’t.

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Hi Magna, sorry you’re back – “Romanism” is the clue. The blog was much better in your absence.

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ROFL like nobody else calls romanism romanism. Incidentally we call other bodies the Catholic or Christian Church.
Get there behind me Satan.

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Noone loves Romanism more than Magna! 😉
We all find out about people when we have to give them a genuine NO for an answer. If Magna’s contributions are genuine, he will dust himself down from having to take NO for an answer and he will resume genuine contributions.
Pax.

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you and me have both sussed him Seamus but in my case it’s YES BUT, always guaranteed to flummox his type (I doubted 2.18 was him in this instance as it’s not monotonous enough).

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https://mobile.twitter.com/peterlynas/status/1439124011213070337
Pat you got it wrong
Please read and share the letter . President was never referred to in that manner .
On another point – president of Ireland ? Sure I don’t have a vote in the election process because I live in Belfast . So how can I call him my president when I can’t vote for him ?
Hardly the president of all Ireland when almost 2 million people have the election outcome thrust upon us with no democratic say . And we can’t blame the brits on that – the Irish government still “ getting around to it “
He should attend and be the bigger man !!

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The asked him to attend a service celebrating the partition of Ireland !

Maybe In different as I was born in rhe South and have voted there?

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Hi Pat
This is definitely a question worth exploring – the title
President of Ireland.
Yet I can’t vote for him !
Perhaps he really is President of the Republic of Ireland??

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Would you want a million Unionists having a vote for Ireland’s president?

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You have no vote or influence in Belfast as to who is elected Prime Minister in England yet Boris Johnsin is still regarded as Prime Minister of the UK which includes Belfast.

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Not true. The Tories stand for election in Ulster. The Province sends MPs to the Mother of Parliaments. The PM is simply the person who is best able to secure a majority in the House of Commons.

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Sadly Michael D is playing the card used by the DUP often and playing into their sad depressing never politics!

It’s time to move on from the past and embrace Hope, by not attending he’s engulfed his office with conflict and controversy.

I lived through the Troubles with my door being kicked in on a weekly basis, house tore to pieces by the British Army and the bigoted RUC, I never want my family to witness such turmoil!
Grow up Michael D and embrace the ‘New Ireland’ by celebrating the past- a vision that Archbishop Eamon knows is just around the corner.

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We can all recount endless stories of how we experienced the troubles. President Higgins could never be compared to the narrow minded bigoted DUP. Partition is a failed project that brought us B Specials, RUC/UDR collusion in the murder of Catholics, no civil rights in the past, no jobs, no vote, no housing for Catholics. British State executions, torture, internment, the list goes on. Why on earth would anyone want to celebrate all of that in a religious service is beyond me. Maybe the should invite the relatives of the late Lord Brookeborough instead who once said he didn’t want to see a Catholic about the place.

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10.37am So Tories stand in Ulster in Counties Cavan, Monaghan and Donegal!! Not all North of Ireland MP’s take their seats in the Commons. Those who do don’t show up half of the time as their attendance/voting records will indicate.

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I didn’t know there were MPs in Donegal, which, last time I looked, is in the north of Ireland. You were, of course, referring to Northern Ireland, which is guaranteed by the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement to remain part of the UK unless or until a majority there vote otherwise.

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Yes Pat
If we truly want to embrace everyone on the island and make them feel part of our united Ireland aspiration – then yes !!

Sure we can’t even bite for our own UK Prime minister

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Ask Father Xxxxx of Armagh about the substances he smokes. Let’s put it this way, Xxxx is adventurous regarding intimate encounters and the variety of substances he inhales. Out Xxxx so blue🫂🏳️‍🌈

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The priest on Cocaine and having on line sex in from a diocese in the 26 counties.

Obviously, a number of priests are drug users.

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This is true Pat. Pat please write a Blog on the number of Armagh Clergy in rehabilitation for sex and drug abuse.

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Demographics and Brexit will bring about a United Ireland in a way that the Armalyte or Ballot Bix could never do.

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Many republics with their own head of state have remained in the commonwealth. Ireland was ejected from the commonwealth upon becoming a republic.
Should a United Ireland be a part of the commonwealth, like the other republics that have their own head of state?

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Jim S. slipped up badly by not informing readers that Archbishop Cushley had an audience with Holy Father Francis yesterday.

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9.00
I am delighted to read that you pay attention to the Vatican bulletins it is a shame you never mentioned it yesterday and you forgot to say he also met Cardinal Marc Ouellet.
Pope Francis and Archbishop Cushley speak regularly however Archbishop Cushley was over at Scots College and had a personal audience with Pope Francis.
Sadly Pope Francis is very concerned in the Church in Scotland and more so the state of the Dioceses and more so Glasgow and as Archbishop Cushley is the most talented Bishop in Scotland it is only correct he speaks the truth to Pope Francis.
The Glasgow appointment was supposed to have been made by now but delayed now it seems before Christmas.
Archbishop Cushley has Never placed his diary online and does not want parishes announcing his visitations as he does not wish to be seen as a Celebrity Bishop and having a “fan” club following him around just like Archbishop John Wilson has stated the same so out of respect it is only right to let Archbishop Cushley make his own announcements.

Everyone was informed he was going to Rome and that was all since yesterdays bulletin the talk at Mass last night was he is going to Glasgow or back to Rome only three people know Pope Francis, Marc Ouellet and Leo Cushley.

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12.23
Jim S, if you knew anything, you’d know the Pope meets Marc Ouellet every Saturday.

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11.32
And Vinnie said nothing to the Mother Superior of Tyburn and it did not surprise me that Bill Nolan (Galloway) or again Willie Crean (Cloyne) did not say anything to them, so it is sad that theses so called leaders did not call her into question.

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The country is described as the Republic of Ireland, in the Republic of Ireland Act, 1948, passed in the Oireachtas. In response, Parliament passed its Republic of Ireland Act, 1949, saying that the 26 counties were to be described as the Republic of Ireland or the Irish Republic.

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As President of Ireland, Mr Higgins is obliged under the constitution to take the advice of the Irish Government on this matter.

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Everyone on the island of Ireland of voting age should be able to vote for the President of Ireland.

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I agree with that as an ideal.

But how do you stop Unionists with bad intent messing around with votes and causing policical problems down south?

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Pat is there any way of fixing the discrepancy on the blog regarding the time indicated for the posting of some comments?
It’s difficult sometimes to follow the sequence.

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BP 10:23,
If you are approving comments on a secondary device as you go about your daily business, the following might be the cause of the timestamp problem;
1. The secondary device might be an hour behind.
2. The daylight savings current setting might not be correctly applied, thus causing some comments to be an hour older than the time they were submitted.
3. The incorrect timezone might be selected.

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People in loyal towns such as Larne will acknowledge that there is such a thing as the island of Ireland, but they won’t accept that champagne socialist/student landlord Higgins has any jurisdiction over Northern Ireland, so any insistence on the title President of Ireland harks back to the territorial claim over Northern Ireland that was dropped from the Irish constitution.

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I have to tell you that as a Brit I simply do not think of Northern Irelanders as British. They are first and foremost Northern Irish, or Irish, but certainly not British. We would be glad to be rid of them. Most NI people, especially the DUP Protestant types, are just trouble. Ireland is one island and had been for centuries, so it should be a single country. It will be one day. In the meantime, Higgins is quite right not to go and help the NI Protestants feel good about themselves for having lived in a fabricated, dysfunctional state for the last 100 years, where they engineered the oppression of anybody who was not of their frame of mind. Frankly, Unionist Northern Irelanders are just ridiculous. We laugh at them from this side of the Irish Sea. We long to see them off our hands. They have caused much grief and bloodshed, and they continue to cost us a lot of money.

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You are right 12:33 – England is heading for some difficult times. You already see in most cities that the population is increasingly Asian, predominantly of Pakistani Muslim origin, and they simply are not interested in integrating that much, and prefer their own ways. In to the bargain, they have more children than any other section of society, and it does not take long for a couple of generations to grow exponentially. The Muslim religion is an aggressive and crusading one, and no matter how much they might deny it, every Muslim believes that everybody else should be a Muslim or is outside salvation or acceptance. I am surprised that we have sleep walked in to such a situation and various governments have just let it happen. It is going to be one of the biggest changes to British society ever, and it has happened in 30 years. A British Caliphate is not an exaggeration.

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I believe that, in the future, many English people will come to NI as asylum seekers.

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11.44
Don’t you believe that the managers, at least from c.1500 who orchestrated much of the intervening history of these islands bear the lion’s share of responsibility for the situation that exists on the island and that that includes financial responsibility?
How did it happen that the Ireland of the Early Middle Ages c.500 – c. 900 which attracted thousands of students from Britain and continental Europe began to be culturally and fiscally decimated from Tudor times?
A very brief glimpse at the beaurocratic decisions required for the plantation of Ulster and the corresponding ethnic cleansing of those thereby dispossessed provides one example.
A second example is the vendetta relentlessly pursued in Wexford against those involved in the 1798 rebellion, well into the 1850’s.

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well said 12.45. And as a distraction from the dispossessing of poorer English also – the rest of whom got sent to other colonies to decimate the aborigines. “You too can be admitted to the oppressing classes”, yesterday’s topic exactly.

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Ireland should be given back to the Irish people, it is their country and not ours – simple as.

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Will the body or remains (to be more accurate) of Captain Robert Nairac ever be found and allow them the dignity of a Christian burial and some kind of closure, justice and healing?
Could you help Bishop Pat?
I think if Bobby Sands was alive today he would encourage those who know where the body is to let someone like Bishop Pat know where the remains are.
This isn’t a political or military issue anymore it’s humanitarian and pastoral one.

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Nope a body no longer exists. he was minced up in a pork factory handmade into hamburgers some of which were supplied under contract to the RUC and all the British Army bases. So I suppose in one way they did get the body back.

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Anonymous 12:29 is too ageist to be considered for elected office. He/she is ageist, ffs.
The president received enormous support and was re-elected with ease, with everyone fully aware of his age.
Pax.

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He has a younger mind than most… open to constant change and learning. He is a disciple of Socrates …. Consequently his respect for people.

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Bishops have to submit their resignation at 75 and cardinals use their conclave voting rights at 80. There has to be a suitable cut-off age, like we have for judges. Sleepy Joe is an example of a leader in his dotage.

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Michael Higgins – who is he?! What a damn stupid position. Scrap it altogether! There’s a well known PP who smokes cannabis in the north! #daisychainNI

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Ryan it sounds to me that you are the one on the cannabis from that silly post you submitted.

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Obviously it’s not to do with Higgins’ title, nor how much some GB or Ireland people think northern Ireland “protestants” or “catholics” “aren’t British”. The six counties got what the whole of Ireland wanted up to 1914. Not prosecuting the black & tans was a very bad “non-move”.

As for the shootings of children at home in 1969, and deliberate state backing for certain terror factions, it is not the footsoldiers that need prosecuting, it’s the very senior officers and overall commanders, some of whom are still about, together with the successors in office continuing to “legitimise” those actions.

Despite the (more or less irrelevant) very minor muddle over titles there’s no harm in declining an invite to this birthday of the worst possible mess.

Eamon should stop trying to be chaplain to the establishment and the establishment should stop leaning on religious personnel or parishioners to “legitimise” them and the same goes in every country. Bring back agnosticism.

Let people choose prayer and belief in privacy without being lumbered with political overtones by prelates OR politicians. My family for instance never wanted to join a “gang” and neither did those Irish who married in with us. Merging gangs makes the situation worse not better.

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COP26
Please Pray for the Success of COP26 and everyone attending will be safe.

Look at Our Beautiful City of Culture.

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Ryan from Armagh, we’ll hello. Ryan you have stopped partying with Brendan Marshall and your co Diocesan Emlyn. No more male one night stands. One shudders to think.

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What can I say? I’m a one night sort of man! I gotta leave them before they love me ya see 😉

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I find President Higgins to be endearing and he has a nice way with words when he speaks. A nice change from all the rash sounds the media exposes us to. I think he did the right thing in declining this invitation, which was his right to do. I don’t think any obligation exists to consult the government on matters of this sort. Anyways, with the pledge of the world redeemed as our Christian focus, maybe a celebration of inclusivity, unity and peace would have been a better way to go. “Unum corpus et unus spiritus inveniamur in Christo”
(That we may become one body, one spirit in Christ”)

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Politics is complicated. Higgie Wiggie did right in my opinion did right not to attend. The wee north is a strange product of history. We can only wish people of good will well. There is much to celebrate and much to lament

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Adrian VI …… Laudabiliter…..permission granted to Henry II …. to invade Ireland.
I have always found it amusing that when we Irish ( Republic of) cast off the British Monarchy…. Every time we met/ meet we pray for the Roman Emperor whose predecessor granted the land to the very same ! The irony of it all….As Churchill said; the farther backwards you can look, the further forward you are lightly to see.

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I listened to Eamonn Martin on RTE radio at 13.00 . His revisionism, in the context of what I blogged on Friday, is commendable. His tone and content was more akin to O Fiaich scholarship than comes naturally to him. However, he is worthy of compliment for the historical sensitivities he is now clearly reflective of…. Prayer should never be used to mask atrocity. The event should simply be cancelled under its present word format.

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Then the most erudite and learned of leaders could be invited again . Remembering that an invitation is simply that…. Many are behaving and commenting as if he had disobeyed an edict. Jeffery Donaldson does edict… don’t forget he’s the 3rd choice in his own party.

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Ryan, if he is the one I have in mind, is a very good man. Exceptionally talented. He has already suffered because of what he signed up to… he should not be bullied on this Blog.

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You are what they would call in Australia a “ Captain Catholic “ or as the Nazarene would have said; “ Weep not for me…………… “ Apply your sentiments closer to home !

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3.13pm
Body, remains, body part even, burying the dead with ritual and dignity is an ancient human right.
Captain Nairac and his family (his parents are dead) this modicum of dignity would be a sign of hope and humanity.
I find the very mention of Robert Nairac brings out the Tumbleweed and Silence the Stern Reply.
Which is odd because he was aCatholic and begged to see a priest before he died – this dignity, of course, was denied.
And even his murderers said he was a brave and courageous soldier.
I knew his parents and the pain of their loss haunts me.
The return of his remains would be an answer to prayer.

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Buy hamburgers from Northern Ireland. I suppose technically his DNA might still be on some part of a mincer

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Why do some comments have a star and a reply, whilst others just have a star?

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It’s because the system runs out of red boxes when it slants so far to the right, all we need do is take a note of the time you want to answer to and use the next red box above.

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Eamonn Martin only helps people in the context of its effects on himself. He never helped me.

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When he goes into his room at night and closes the door, there is nobody there!

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Your a liar, he did. We tried to help but at that stage you were beyond all help and had turned you’re back on us.

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Monasterboice is the equivalent of Jerusalem 4 to me…. As I blogged in 2018…. No accident it’s famous for a cross… many in it talented at crucifixion.. the followers of that Evil priest Hickey. Evil. Track him and his phychologist offsider i Sierra Leone. The Holy Ghosts/ Spiritans have fifty to one hundred years of exposure in front of them. A rotten lot. The people of Drum are under his witchcraft now.

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Hickey and that psychologist ( RIP) got a lot of U.N money to help ( child soldiers) their chosen work. Lots of questions.

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6.20 any relation to the Parakeets – John Feit did some work for them in Rhode Island, that was the story that broke before the story that broke before . . .

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Yes indeed, Spiritans / Holy Ghost are a shower of shites. They gave us McQuaid the voyeuristic pervert and denied DeVelera a vocation as he was a bastard and under Canon Law pre 1983 was banned from officially joining the worlds largest pedo ring, RCC.

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5.38 my ancestress did (and not to RC either) and she was alright (from what I heard) but then she didn’t try and found any nuns did she.

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5:38pm

Don’t be ridiculous Bileen, it is our Christian duty to convert them to Our Blessed Lord. Your comment tell us why you are, where you are now, in disgrace!

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Believe me lads, I’m not the Ryan you all think I am. But I feel for the poor bugger! Up the monarchy – they are equally as fucked up with tradition like the RCC!

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4.43: Thank you for that posting. Having been trained for 7 years in the 70’s and getting through college and seminary unscathed by any sexual abuse of any kind and never witnessing any untoward or suspicious behaviour by any staff or students, I am absolutely shocked – not unsurprisingly though – at the revelations in this video. There was a particular staff member who seemed to have an eye for particular types but such was the code of discipline between staff and students and between junior and senior students, that we were forever conscious of transgressing boundaries and the punishment that ciuld be meted out. I’m sure boundaries were crossed over the years but personally I didn’t witness any obvious wrongful, abusive approaches. Considering what’s unfolded in the Church worldwide in the past 25 years and of more recent years with the tsunami of reports and the gaze of the world upon the Church leadership, it is incomprehensible that any prelate or seminary formator would attempt to infringe personal boundaries of any kind for sexual gratification or that they would act in such a vile, reckless and criminal way. Do these present men – wolves in sheep’s clothing – not get it? All who are mentioned should face the courts of the land for this behaviour and abuse. They should all be laicised and salaries removed. I don’t believe in vindictiveness or vengeance but wrong is wrong and abuse is abuse. The behaviour of those mentioned – and others – is unequivocally, morally reprehensible. Pope Francis must act.

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7.27: Hmmmm….might I have fallen for you, Mr. Adonis? Disappointingly for you, I don’t share your orientation. Fully man and masculine. Played rugby!!!!

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+Pat you’re a wee head the ball so you are. You have reservations about the Unionists mucking around in a presidential election to elect the head of state in the Irish Republic. You vote for Sammy Wilson DUP.
Magoo is not the president of Ireland. He is president of the 26 counties that make up the Free State. The 26 should rejoin the Empire and have Dublin back as the second city like it was before a few terrorists decided to partition the 26 from the UK. They did so not via democratic means but by the bomb and the bullet. God Save Our Gracious Queen.

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Nice lot of comments, Bp Pat, but I don’t think his non-acceptance is justified. Perhaps he will change his mind or follow his government’s advice and attend the service. I hope you will write to +Amy about it.

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