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Paul Larkin

Chroniclers are privileged to enter where they list, to come and go through keyholes, to ride upon the wind, to overcome in their soarings up and down, all obstacles of distance, time and place.
Charles Dickens - Barnaby Rudge, Chapter The Ninth

Another murderous bomb in Omagh – does anyone in the dissident movement have a brain, never mind a political brain?

Leave aside, for the moment, the moral question of murdering a young Catholic police officer, which happened in a car bomb attack on Saturday afternoon - let us look at the overarching political thinking behind this murder. Or rather, the astounding lack of political thinking.

Ireland is in deep economic crisis – North and South. The left is talking about new initiatives to bring together those very large numbers of people who want to see a fairer and more just society. There is much work to do - campaigns need to be built around the scandal of the bank bailout - a bailout that has allowed the richest section of society to fly off into a new comfort zone to escape a meltdown which their own greed and avarice created. This is a golden chance to explain to a new generation why capitalism stinks. The anger of the Irish people was reflected in the recent election results which saw huge gains for the left.
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