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Alone this Christmas

Thousands of older Irish people are facing the unpalatable prospect of spending Christmas Day alone this year.

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According to polling data from Age UK, 450,000 over-65s are at risk of being alone on December 25.

Sectarian comments condemned in Glasgow

Ugly divisions within Scottish society have been exposed by a spate of sectarian and racist remarks following the Clutha Bar helicopter crash.

Anti-Irish and anti-Catholic comments were among those to appear online as thousands came together to mourn the nine people who lost their lives in the tragedy.

‘Slaves’ freed from Traveller sites

Three men thought to have been kept as ‘slaves’ have been freed following police raids on Traveller sites at the weekend.

Detectives investigating forced labour and human trafficking stormed three sites, a business unit and a house in South Gloucestershire, as well as

Thatcher’s intransigence gave Sinn Féin valuable time, says ex-diplomat

The most ‘serious consequence’ of Britain’s handling of the hunger strikes in the North of Ireland was the rise of Sinn Féin as a political party.

Former diplomat Dáithí O’Ceallaigh, who was positioned in London from 1977- 82, believes Margaret Thatcher’s ‘inability’ to deal with the protestors in 1981 allowed Sinn Féin to organise itself politically.

Who’s The Boss?

Ronan Early, in a frank and forthright opinion piece,  argues why Enda Kenny trumps Westminster’s fresh faces.

 

IN ENTERTAINMENT

Back on the lash

As the band prepare to perform Rum, Sodomy & the Lash in full, James Fearnley of The Pogues tells Richard Purden about the classic album and opens up about the loss of the band’s guitarist, Phil Chevron

‘Not in a million years did I think singing would be my career’

Philomena Begley may be Ireland’s Queen of Country music, but that doesn’t mean she escapes the housework.

Joe Giltrap meets the Co. Tyrone lady

Re-igniting the Oswald conspiracy

Shane O’Sullivan’s film – Killing Oswald – does what historical documentary should, which is to ask awkward questions about the past, writes Steve Martin.

Comedy’s saving Grace

Enda Brady speaks to Brendan Grace, who is back with his hilarious comedy creation Bottler.

Lean on me brother

When Paul O’Brien left Birmingham for Canada a family of musicians was the last thing on his mind, he tells Joe Giltrap

 

IN SPORT

‘Nothing surprises me with that man’

The feud between Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane and Alex Ferguson has been reopened by a new documentary. Keane versus Vieira — Best of Enemies, broadcast on ITV4 on Sunday night, documented the uncompromising duel between the one-time Manchester United and Arsenal midfielders.

Murray Hession: In the frame for London job

The search for a London hurling boss continues but it is understood that Fullen Gaels manager Stan Murray Hession has been approached to discuss the appointment.

A native of Malahide, Co. Dublin, Murray Hession was on the management team of the Warwickshire side that won the Lory Meagher Cup in Croke Park last season.

Preview: All-Ireland quarter-final

London Champions Kingdom/Kerry Gaels face the formidable Ballinderry Shamrocks on Sunday, aiming to be the first team from this side of the water to make it to an All-Ireland semi-final.

The Irish Post Sport looks ahead to the fixture by checking in with manager Noel Dunning.

Irish soccer right to shun bookies and back players

That’s the view of Garry Doyle, who probes the dark side of the beautiful game.

Do Rangers lack the financial muscle to ever challenge Celtic again?

Celtic fans are split on whether or not they miss games against Rangers, argues Richard Purden.

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