IN THIS WEEK’S IRISH POST
IN the week of Margaret Thatcher’s funeral, the Iron Lady’s legacy has continued to highlight huge divisions in communities across Britain and Ireland.
This week’s Irish Post takes a look at what she had to say about Ireland and what the Irish had to say about her.
Meanwhile, our columnist Joe Horgan talks about life as a young man during Thatcher’s time as Prime Minister. “In Margaret’s world you were never low down on the economic pile because of inequality, or lack of opportunity, or mere circumstance,” he says. “You were there because you were not good enough and in that way you deserved to be treated with the disdain that she herself expressed.”
RTÉ to charge Irish abroad
RTÉ has outlined plans to turn the Irish abroad into its latest cash cow by charging overseas users by the end of the year.
A spokesperson for the Irish broadcaster answers The Irish Post’s questions about what this means for Irish people living in Britain.
Ireland’s disdain for the Irish with English accents
Following our popular series on the second generation Irish, Rob Brennan talks to Irish people who have grown up in Britain about the reaction they get to their accent back home.
“No question, my accent was the reason kids wanted to fight me when I used to go back to Ireland, especially in my early teenage years,” says south Londoner Ricky Dunne, whose parents are from Tipperary and Limerick.
“They used to call me a black b****** because of the black and tans…”
Abuse victim calls for action from Irish Government
A SURVIVOR of clerical sex abuse waives his right to anonymity to tell The Irish Post that he is calling on the Irish Government to release the final censored chapter of the Murphy Report in full.
Chapter 20 remains heavily redacted and without its full release, he says he will never be able to find closure.
Travellers put bounty on Derby fire dad’s head
IRISH Travellers who gave Mick Philpott a gift of £3,000 to bury his six children before it emerged that they died in a fire he started are now prepared to pay to have him killed or maimed in prison.
Ready to rally
IRISH Post editor Siobhan Breatnach reports from Nottingham, where a rally driver was crowned as the city’s first Rose for 13 years.
Pensioners’ Project in search for new home after notice to quit
A ticking clock has been placed on Southwark Irish Pensioners’ Project by the local council, starting the countdown until the popular Irish charity is forced from its current home, The Irish Post has learned.