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McCann: Eamonn McCann: On the GAA's attitude towards sexual predators

2017-11-10 16:19:00


David Walsh and Donal Og Cusack have both come under fire for providing character references for Tom Humphries - so why hasn't Tyrone manager Mickey Harte been similarly criticised for providing a character reference for a sex attacker?

McCann: Eamonn McCann: On emerging new Derry band Strength

2017-10-27 13:08:00


You may not have heard of a band called Strength, from Derry. But you will. They have just made a thoroughly remarkable album that covers League of Ireland football and the ethnic cleansing of aboriginals with equal flair.

McCann: Eamonn McCann: Patriarchy in the UK

2017-10-02 16:48:00


Persecuted for her political and social views, the treatment of activist Edith Lanchester highlighted sexist male attitudes in Victorian London – some of which still persist today.

McCann: Eamonn McCann - On fucking up the arms trade

2017-09-19 12:00:00


People who make fortunes from bloodshed attended the International Arms Fair in the Docklands, London in their droves. It is time to think: how can we fuck them up?

McCann: Eamonn McCann: Students are in the vanguard of modern politics

2017-09-05 14:48:00


The strong showing of both Bernie Sanders and Jeremy Corbyn was a result of a new militancy on the part of students. All that – and why Latin is still cool...

McCann: Eamonn McCann: Chelsea Manning is taking no nonsense from transphobic 'patriots'

2017-08-21 10:07:00


The Wikileaks whistleblower has, since her release from prison, refused to bow to bigots or so-called patriots.

McCann: Eamonn McCann: What late night American commentators get wrong about Trump presidency

2017-08-04 11:37:00


The popular US late-night commentator Bill Maher had a nice phrase for the section of US society represented by Donald Trump: “knuckle-drag America.”

McCann: Eamonn McCann on Daniel Jeanrenaud, abortions in NI, and the Corbyn/Shelley connection

2017-07-21 14:58:00


Why Daniel Jeanrenaud – beloved of legends like Amy Winehouse, Noel Gallagher and Jack White – is one of rock’s great unsung heroes. Plus reflections on the recent abortion controversy in the UK and Jeremy Corbyn’s already iconic Glasto speech

McCann: Eamonn McCann: A Night at the Opera

2017-07-10 16:11:00


An evening at the Neapolitan Opera House has our columnist in raptures...

McCann: Eamonn McCann Reflects on 1977, the Year of Hot Press' Birth

2017-06-09 12:21:00


What a difference 40 years makes. Our columnist looks back to 1977, a year of death and tragedy but illuminated by chinks of light, (such as the birth of Hot Press)

McCann: Eamonn McCann tackles Orange Disorder, the EU Commission, and the Fine Gael Leadership Race

2017-05-26 11:28:00


Our columnist sets some Orange men right on the correct recitation of their ceremonial toast. Plus: the misplaced admiration for Jean-Claude Juncker and thoughts on the Fine Gael leadership race.

McCann: Eamonn McCann: To Protect and Self-Serve

2017-05-12 16:04:00


The Templemore affair is just the latest in a long line of controversies to have rocked the Gardaí in recent times. When do we say enough is enough?

McCann: Why Do Liberals Suddenly Love Donald Trump?

2017-04-27 16:34:00


When Donald Trump dropped bombs in Syria, the liberal media applauded. For some, at least, we expected better...

McCann: Eamonn McCann: Onwards and Upwards...

2017-04-14 11:20:00


...Was the resounding message to our correspondent from supporters after recently losing his seat at Stormont. Plus reflections on the Tuam scandal.

McCann: Eamonn McCann: The Point the Media Missed About Martin McGuinness

2017-03-31 16:28:00


Amidst the widespread coverage of Martin McGuinness’s funeral, its ideological significance was overlooked by virtually all commentators.

McCann: Eamonn McCann: What Trump Gets Right About The Media

2017-03-06 13:06:00


The liberal elite is aghast at American’s Boor-in-Chief. But the President is on the money in criticising a hopelessly biased media establishment.

McCann: Eamonn McCann: The Chimes of Freedom

2017-02-17 11:53:00


When more than four million women marched in the US, the day after the inauguration of Donald Trump, it was a collective statement that they would resist the rotten terms of his presidency. Therein lies hope for the future...

McCann: Eamonn McCann: The North and Abortion

2017-02-03 12:32:00


A recent case once again highlights NI's repressive abortion laws. Plus an inside view on the dramatic upheavals at Stormont.

Frontlines: Has Jools Lost His Touch?

2017-01-25 10:20:00


Plus: the ugly side of the pro-Israel lobby has again reared its head, this time in the controversy surrounding a recent UCC debate.

Frontlines: Decree Will Rock You: Woman Priests in the Catholic Church

2016-11-18 10:54:00


There's been dismay Pope Francis saying that there will never be women priests in the Catholic Church. But did he really say it?

Frontlines: What's Up, Doc?: A Glance into the Politics of Mental Health

2016-10-24 12:40:00


The retention of the DSM by the American medical establishment has resulted in the continued persecution of transgender people.

Reports: 20 Years Of Arsene Wenger At Arsenal

2016-10-05 16:05:00


…That Arsene Wenger and his sidekick Bobo Primorac joined Arsenal, having pointed out the corruption in French football. Two decades later, they’re still keeping the dream alive.

Frontlines: Why Abortion Has Been Ignored In Northern Irish Politics

2016-09-20 11:12:00


The complexities of the Good Friday Agreement mean abortion has been shamefully relegated to the sidelines in Northern Ireland.

McCann: Democracy Now? Eamonn McCann weighs in on the US Presidential Election

2016-08-23 14:21:00


Wikileaks serves democracy better than the US presidential election.

McCann: As Brexit Descends, The Continental Divide Widens

2016-07-28 14:29:00


Those looking for a re-run of the Brexit referendum have shown remarkable contempt for Leave voters.

McCann: Eamonn McCann Proves That There's Power in Numbers

2016-07-12 13:01:00


Pro-choice campaigners have been spurred into action following a recent case in the North, and their reaction heralds a long overdue shift in thinking on abortion.

McCann: Front Lines: McCann On Hilary Clinton

2016-05-24 12:11:00


Think a Clinton Presidency would wash all the ills of the world away? Think again...

McCann: Bananas: The End is Nigh

2016-05-09 14:16:00


A virulent parasite may be about to decimate banana crops. But that is just one of many enormous challenges, which threaten life on earth as we know it...

McCann: People have the power

2016-04-14 16:29:00


Pro-choice campaigners have been spurred into action following a recent case in the North, and their reaction heralds a long overdue shift in thinking on abortion.

McCann: Boris Johnson’s Great Rock ‘n Roll Swindle

2016-04-06 16:18:00


Rock rebels everywhere should be appalled at the British establishment’s attempt to appropriate punk rock

McCann: How long must we sing this song? Eamonn McCann on the illegality of the abortion pill in Ireland

2016-03-08 12:31:00


Using abortion pills could see you slung into prison for 14 years. How is this insane situation allowed to persist?

McCann: Ballot Boxing Clever: Is voting a worthwhile exercise? Eamonn McCann gets to the nub of the matter

2016-02-24 12:29:00


It would be glib to suggest that we shouldn’t vote because it only encourages them. But there’s a kernel of truth there.

McCann: McCann: The Anti-Gop Consortium

2016-02-01 17:38:00


Perhaps the most significant new thing to come our way in 2015 was the confirmation that Islam is no more a religion of peace than Christianity, Judaism, or any other organised system of superstitious belief.

McCann: Golden Years

2015-09-11 15:11:00


Reflections on a time when no fees and decent grants made student life considerably easier.

McCann: Pope Francis: Salesman or Smiley Face of Liberal Catholicism?

2015-08-05 10:08:00


Pope Francis is far from the progressive figure some influential media commentators would have you believe.

McCann: Casual Racism In Australia

2015-05-05 16:39:00


It is weird to hear the routine contempt for Aboriginals in a country where people are generally so friendly and helpful...

McCann: Lower Insurance Premiums for Dope Heads

2015-04-15 13:33:00


An article in the official magazine of the American Academy of Actuaries makes a splendid case as to how it should be so… Plus: (Sing it) There’s only one Joey Barton…

McCann: Verse Case Scenario

2015-03-31 12:34:00


Why the public made the wrong choice in selecting the best Irish poem of the 20th century.

McCann: Gerry Adams' Naked Truth

2015-03-12 13:34:00


Why did Gerry Adams tell the world about his passion for naked trampolining? Why can’t the West face up to its history of genocide? And why won’t our leaders force the Church to relax its death grip on our schools?

McCann: Paddy's Day: New York Parade Should Be Boycotted

2015-03-03 12:53:00


The attempt by the Ancient Order of Homophobes to pretend that there is no such thing as an Irish gay is a grotesque embarrassment...

McCann: Beautiful Noise: Music and MLK

2015-02-19 12:07:00


The essential role music played in spreading the message of Martin Luther King Jr. has been overlooked.

McCann: McCann: Nightmare Before Christmas

2014-12-05 12:03:00


As the Israel-Palestine conflict rumbles on, there is precious little festive goodwill to be found in Bethlehem right now.

McCann: McCann: Street Fighting Man

2014-11-20 10:54:00


How the legalisation of marijuana in states across America has vindicated one man’s lifelong struggle.

McCann: McCann: The Lesson Of Captain John

2014-11-07 10:23:00


When our columnist put his money on Now What, he expected a better result. This setback, neo-liberalism and U2 are all on the agenda...

McCann: Foul Play: What's The Problem With Islam?

2014-10-24 12:24:00


All religions are fundamentally insane. There is no reason to believe Islam per se is any better or worse than the others...

McCann: Front Lines: The Politics Of Mental Illness

2014-10-13 11:47:00


Psychiatry has always had a taste for pathologising perfectly normal behaviour. After all, being gay was once listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

McCann: Frontlines: Hillary Clinton: The Truth

2014-09-26 17:19:00


A millionaire who bellyaches about being broke; an enthusiastic supporter of Israel’s ceaseless extermination of Palestinians; and a whole lot more besides. So why are so many self-proclaimed lefties and liberals still so determined to think highly of Hillary Clinton, hot favourite to be next President of the United States?

McCann: Frontlines: Time To Stop Listening to the Dopes

2014-09-15 11:00:00


Marijuana is far less harmful than booze or cigarettes – that it remains criminalised is one of the true absurdities of modern Ireland

McCann: Frontlines: Murder Most Foul

2014-08-18 10:03:00


Horrific crimes committed in the Republic continue to go unpunished. Meanwhile, Israel carries on doing as it has always done...

McCann: No Ordinary Joe

2014-08-06 15:55:00


The Labour reshuffle was utterly underwhelming - apart from the demotion of Joe Costello, a brave man willing to champion unfashionable causes

McCann: McCann: In A Muddle Over The Middle East

2014-07-21 10:34:00


Our columnist’s thoughts on the Israel/Palestine conflict have drawn ire from far afield – meanwhile, the Catholic Church continues to show greater interest in exorcising demons than dealing with the skeletons in its closet

McCann: Frontlines: Troubled Waters needs to build a bridge

2014-05-01 12:56:00


The former Irish Times columnist is far from being the bigot some have portrayed him as - but in the age of facebook and twitter there's no hiding from the haters

McCann: Frontlines: The dark side of the force

2014-04-25 12:34:00


The 'few bad apples' theory doesn't hold up when it comes to the gardai. Repeated scandals have demonstrated that the entire organisation has been compromised by corruption and indiscipline. And nothing is being done about it.

McCann: Frontlines: A Saint we can believe in

2014-04-10 13:16:00


While Ireland goes overboard to pay tribute to St Paddy, Italy has struck upon a more mature way to honour its patron saint

McCann: Cricket, Colonoscopies & War Criminals

2014-04-02 17:04:00


A routine health procedure sets our correspondent thinking about test cricket. Meanwhile, torturer and war criminal General McChrystal remains a free man...

McCann: McCann: Goodtime Charlie's got the blues

2014-03-19 10:16:00


A dancing British royal, a charity worker, a slimy ex-Prime Minister and a bloodthirsty US general - which one of this quartet is currently incarcerated without trial? Go on, take a wild guess...

McCann: Homosexuality will protect us from natural disaster

2014-02-27 12:30:00


We're not kidding. We have scientifically proved beyond doubt that one hurricane is no match for a thousand lesbians. Read on...

Live: Other Voices

2014-02-24 17:32:00


McCann: McCann: Rocking in the Free World

2014-02-17 11:57:00


A folk-rock band has offered a compelling take on the writings of James Connolly

McCann: The Poppy is an emblem of imperialist slaughter

2014-02-04 12:18:00


How long before people get it into their heads that the Poppy has nothing to do with peace?

McCann: McCann: Bad Hairdryer Day

2013-12-16 11:44:00


Forget the hype, listen to the reviews – Fergie’s tell-all tells us very little new indeed

McCann: Burn After Reed-Ing

2013-11-29 13:45:00


Behind his grumpy exterior, Lou Reed knew a life-time of pain – much of it dating back to his teenage ‘treatment’ for sexual ‘deviancy’

McCann: The Hypocrisy of Poppy Day

2013-11-15 13:13:00


The annual riot of craw-thumping jingoism that is British Poppy Season is upon us. Is this really the best way to celebrate the tragedy of World War I?

McCann: Keeping It In The Family

2013-11-01 11:22:00


The gulf between Ireland’s Gaelic past and Britain’s Royal present isn’t as yawning as you might imagine

McCann: McCann: The End Of The World Is Nigh

2013-10-18 17:24:00


Why those who deny the reality of global warming must be exposed at every turn — and why those who say ‘there’s nothing we can do about it’ are completely wrong.

McCann: McCann: The Fraud Squad

2013-10-03 13:13:00


America has always been happy to go to war on trumped-up grounds. It is something we should keep in mind as the Syrian crisis lurches ever onwards

McCann: Ireland Should Take A Cannabis Leaf Out Of Uruguay's Book

2013-09-17 00:00:00


The State has taken over the production and distribution of the plant, which sounds like a very good idea...

Live: Stendhal Festival

2013-09-10 00:00:00


McCann: Derry As UK City of Culture: Why No Darkness At The Edge Of Town?

2013-09-05 00:00:00


It’s wonderful that Derry has been named UK City of Culture. But it’s a shame that the event doesn’t have more of an edge – the better to convey a sense of the ‘real’ city.

McCann: McCann: On Mickey Harte

2013-08-21 00:00:00


Joe Brolly’s outburst against Sean Cavanagh has once again thrown a light on Mickey Harte’s use of his exalted status in the GAA...

McCann: McCann: Nasty Habits

2013-08-07 00:00:00


Evil nuns, Rod Stewart, Glasgowbury and phallic entanglement are but a few of the topics on our man’s mind this fortnight....

McCann: To Protect And To Splurge

2013-07-24 00:00:00


PSNI Chief Constable Matt Baggott continues to fritter away public money on unnecessary security operations...

McCann: Where ‘Pro-life’ Logic Leads

2013-07-10 00:00:00


A conservative commentator has tried to tease out what he regards as the absurdity of the government’s proposed, very limited abortion legislation - but only highlighted the contradictions of the anti-choice movement...

McCann: No Thanks to Mickey Harte

2013-06-26 00:00:00


A Derry woman was brutally raped and dumped in the street. So why did so called ‘pro-lifer’ Mickey Harte speak strongly in favour of the attacker?...

McCann: American Horror Story

2013-06-12 00:00:00


Everybody’s favourite trendy US President is slaughtering innocent men, women and children in other people’s countries — and people who jumped up and down raging about Nixon, Reagan and Bush are staying oddly silent about it...

McCann: Confucian Reigns

2013-05-29 00:00:00


A visit by the Dalai Lama sews chaos and chagrin up north.

McCann: McCann: The Power Of Numbers

2013-05-15 00:00:00


We like to believe in destiny and the power of the human spirit. But in the end everything just comes down to pluses and minuses, ones and zeroes – as a fascinating study by an Irish writer demonstrates...

McCann: How Elvis Made Ireland Shake, Rattle & Roll

2013-05-01 00:00:00


Everything you ever wanted to know about Elvis’ role in the making of modern Ireland but were too shy to ask. Plus stuff you really didn’t know...

McCann: Stick It Up Your Junta

2013-04-03 00:00:00


The new Pope has not fully answered questions about what he did or didn’t do during the Argentine dictatorship – but that isn’t to say it’s not too late for him to find redemption. For that, actions rather than words are required...

McCann: British Cardinal A Victim Of Catholic Hypocrisy

2013-03-20 00:00:00


One of Britain’s most senior clerics has had to resign after accusations of inappropriate behaviour towards other priests. Given the litany of child abuse in the Church, isn’t that a bit rich?

McCann: Seeing Sense In The War On Drugs

2013-03-11 00:00:00


A small developing nation is the latest to point out the futility of trying to ban substances that are readily available to millions...

McCann: Pro-Lifers And The Death Of Common Sense

2013-03-01 00:00:00


An American scandal gives us a chilling insight into the twisted logic of the self-styled ‘pro-life’ lobby.

McCann: Foetal Attractions

2013-02-06 00:00:00


Time to pick apart the absurdities and contradictions of the ‘pro-life’ debate

McCann: Beyond Belief

2013-01-23 00:00:00


Spare a thought for all those downtrodden true believers, whose medieval view of the universe is, so we are told, under attack from all corners in modern Ireland.

McCann: Telling it like it is

2012-12-18 00:00:00


The truth about Jesus and abortion: why the savior was pro choice

McCann: FIGHT THE POWER

2012-11-07 00:00:00


Four years into Barack Obama’s presidency, the USA remains remarkably similar to the way it was pre-2008. Remember where you read it first?

McCann: THE POPE’S IMPRIMATUR FOR LIES AND COVER-UPS

2012-10-24 00:00:00


When the Bishop of Clonfert John Kirby failed to tell the truth about sex abuse cover-ups, he did so with the benediction of Pope Benedict...

McCann: What a 19th century Uprising tells us about the modern arab world

2012-10-05 00:00:00


Anti-Western violence in the Middle East is, at its heart, a backlash against decades of neo-Imperalism.

McCann: They Haven't Gone Away, You Know

2012-10-02 00:00:00


DUP gay-phobia is reaching out into Europe through the aegis of the self-styled Caleban.

McCann: Rebel Pride

2012-09-10 00:00:00


Triple All-Ireland winning hurler, the openly gay Donal Og Cusack, gave a mighty address at the recent Derry Pride, drawing parallels between the gay-rights struggle and the fight against institutionalised sectarian discrimination in Norn Iron..

McCann: One Size Tall

2012-08-31 00:00:00


In relation to covering up child sex abuse, other religions are just as culpable as the Roman Catholic Church.

McCann: Pride Is Great, But Where's The Anger?

2012-08-27 00:00:00


Gay Pride is a celebration of sexual diversity – but it is important not to forget the need for a clenched fist

McCann: Bothered By The God Botherers

2012-07-03 00:00:00


It’s not enough that they believe in an imaginary deity. They want the rest of us to as well...

McCann: Stupidity reigns in Derry drugs campaign

2012-06-20 00:00:00


The PSNI have begun to compete with Republican Action Against Drugs in the stupidity and ignorance of their ani-drugs raids. Plus: simpering about the Queen...

Interview: True Bro-mance

2012-06-13 00:00:00


She’s a busy actor with a Hollywood career of long-standing. So how did Bronagh Gallagher find the time to record a cracking new solo record?

McCann: Murder In An Irish Town

2012-06-12 00:00:00


In September 1988, John Gallagher drove to Lifford, collected a rifle from behind the wardrobe in his father’s bedroom and headed for Sligo, where he murdered his ex-girlfriend Anne Gillespie, and her mother Annie. When the case came to court John Gallagher pleaded – and was found – guilty but insane and he was remanded to the Central Mental Hospital in Dundrum. In July 2000, Gallagher successfully escaped from Dundrum and absconded to England, before returning to Northern Ireland, where he was able to live freely, because of the unique absence of an extradition treaty for people in his position. Earlier this month, in a bizarre twist, apparently in the hope of taking advantage of a bequest from his father, Gallagher turned up at the Central Mental Hospital and handed himself in. It’s open to him to apply to the Health Review Board for release on the grounds that he does not now suffer from a mental illness. The Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter, has already acknowledged the possibility that he might be released within a matter of weeks. But as far back as 1991, in a special investigation carried out for Hot Press, Eamonn McCann questioned the original verdict of the court – and whether Gallagher was ever ‘insane’ within the meaning intended by the act. In the light of the growing controversy about the case, we reprint here in full the extraordinary story as it was originally published in Hot Press.

McCann: The Crucifixion of Joey Barton

2012-06-06 00:00:00


The hate directed at the QPR player tells us all we need to know about the hypocrisy of the media in Britain and Ireland.

McCann: Remembering Eileen Flynn

2012-05-29 00:00:00


In 1982, she was sacked from the school in County Wexford where she taught. Irish politicians have colluded since then in protecting religious-based discrimination on the statute books.

McCann: The ghouls in RAAD are still at it

2012-05-24 00:00:00


Some people may tell you that the violence in the North is over. But Republican Action Against Drugs are continuing their vicious campaign...

McCann: Cartoon world

2012-05-17 00:00:00


The joys of Doonesbury, Family Guy and Jules Feiffer

McCann: The Real Evil Within

2012-04-11 00:00:00


The venal, rotten truth about Irish politics has been exposed for the world to see – but what about the far more serious crimes perpetuated against children by the Catholic church? How can those who were party to such outrages continue to go unpunished?

McCann: What's The Problem With Gay Marriage

2012-03-28 00:00:00


Plus: the Champions League is decadent and depraved...

McCann: How Drugs Hysteria Helps Paramailitaries

2012-02-29 00:00:00


The demonisation of drug-taking gives self-appointed vigilante groups impunity to execute those they accuse of dabbling in the trade.

McCann: Tart of Gold

2012-02-15 00:00:00


She was a chav icon and slapper pin-up, but, oh, how we will miss Corrie’s Becky McDonald.

McCann: Still Making A Hash Of Things

2012-02-01 00:00:00


We all know that marijuana is less harmful than booze or cigarettes. In the face of incontrovertible evidence, why do Irish politicians continue to insist otherwise?

McCann: The Other Israel

2012-01-18 00:00:00


A newspaper editorial about the Armenian genocide – perhaps holocaust is a better word – shows just how contradictory a place Israel can be.

McCann: Let England Shake In 2012

2012-01-06 00:00:00


What the London riot really tell us about the modern UK – and why the issue isn’t as black and white as we are led believe.

McCann: Mitt Buster?

2011-12-07 00:00:00


Could Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith sink his chances of running for US President on the Republican Party ticket?

McCann: The True Story Of Rudolph The Red

2011-12-02 00:00:00


A Christmas parable. By the Rev. Eamonn McCann

McCann: Lady Gaga The Bounty Of Peace

2011-11-23 00:00:00


Reflections on the MTV Awards, the Greedy Bag – plus Tiger Woods and racism in the club.

McCann: A Beauty Impossible To Believe

2011-11-09 00:00:00


An area of outstanding natural beauty is under grave threat, having been earmarked by rapacious planners as ripe for ‘development’. Who will shout stop?

McCann: A Beauty Impossible To Believe

2011-10-28 00:00:00


An area of outstanding natural beauty is under grave threat, having been earmarked by rapacious planners as ripe for ‘development’. Who will shout stop?

McCann: Peter Doherty, Archbishop Martin – And Knickers For Drink

2011-10-12 00:00:00


A silly drinks promotion and two men to be reckoned with. It's all in a fortnight's reflections...

McCann: A Cunning Plan

2011-10-03 00:00:00


According to constitutional experts, if Bertie makes the Aras he can’t be sent to jail. Unfortunately for him, his dreams of winning the Presidency appear to be mostly a fantasy on his part.

McCann: Long live the king

2011-09-14 00:00:00


Martin Luther King was a ferocious opponent of US war-mongering and imperialism, a fact conveniently overlooked by those who pose today as his spiritual heirs..

McCann: Justice for smiley

2011-08-30 00:00:00


It’s time the London police answered hard questions over the death of UK reggae and rap figure Smiley Culture.

McCann: Free Charlie Gilmour

2011-08-25 00:00:00


A good kid is behind bars while cops roam free. Plus: why the Church won’t ever change; and religious discrimination in Israeli sport.

McCann: A Fond farewell to a true original

2011-08-22 00:00:00


The death of Northern Ireland blues singer Ottilie Patterson has gone largely unnoticed. But she was a genuinely revolutionary force in the staid sixties.

McCann: Woman Overboard

2011-07-13 00:00:00


Feminist campaigner and literary critic Germaine Greer is still taking stick for suggesting that British soldiers involved in war might be capable of rape.

McCann: Hash and ecstasy should not be illegal

2011-06-22 00:00:00


Kofi Annan is just one of many global dignitaries urging cannabis and ecstasy be legalised. Plus, why rumours of Iran’s nuclear programme amount to so many lies

McCann: How good is Gaga?

2011-06-08 00:00:00


As good as Madonna? Or Beyoncé? All this – and how the USA makes a mockery of the International Criminal Court.

McCann: Gagging Orders

2011-06-01 00:00:00


Military Intelligence analyst Bradley Manning has been shackled, drugged and kept in solitary confinement at Quantico for the last year for supplying damning video footage of US war crimes to Wikileaks.

McCann: The Murder Machines

2011-05-10 00:00:00


Unspeak labels it collateral damage, but murder is murder. Remote operated drone missiles shot from Nevada have killed an estimated 2000-plus Pakistani civilians in the last five years.

McCann: Rocking The Vote

2011-04-27 00:00:00


Why our columnist is part of The Clash of local politics. And more on wrecking the Royal Wedding!

McCann: Spirited Away

2011-04-13 00:00:00


An encounter with the Reverend Jesse Jackson provokes a spot of musing on matters spiritual...

McCann: So Who Really Spawned Elizabeth Windsor?

2011-03-30 00:00:00


The parentage of Great Britain’s sovereign monarch is a matter of some speculation...

McCann: When I Met Qadhafi...

2011-03-16 00:00:00


The Libyan leader may have seriously lost his way, but he’s not the one-dimensional, mad despot he’s been made out to be by the Western media.

McCann: Roads To Nowhere

2011-03-02 00:00:00


Criss-crossing the North with unnecessary roads was always a waste of money. With the economy cratering both sides of the border, perhaps the folly will finally be abandoned.

McCann: White Man Speakes With Forked Tongue

2011-02-16 00:00:00


The King’s Speech might work well as feel-good fodder, but its portrait of George VI is fraudulent. On the other hand, Pat Robertson’s gone pro-pot...

McCann: He's Got Friends In Low Places

2011-02-02 00:00:00


Now that the arse has fallen out of his property empire, whither Sean Dunne’s well-connected chums?

McCann: Legal Drugs Are Ireland's Real Killers

2011-01-19 00:00:00


When it comes to premature death in Northern Ireland, heroin and cocaine area in the halfpenny place beside tranquilisers and anti-depressants

McCann: Was Jesus A Stoner?

2010-12-08 00:00:00


It’s now widely accepted in scholarly circles that a sizable proportion of other gods born to virgins around December 25 used dope. But was the man from Bethlehem of the same dreamy mind?

McCann: The Savage Eye

2010-11-25 00:00:00


Lily Savage has been urging revolution in the UK, and she may well have a point

McCann: The Wonders Of Wimbledon

2010-11-10 00:00:00


The true and amazing story of the little Wimbledon club that could. Plus, Paula Meehan’s requiem for Jean McConville.

McCann: Where Dead Voices Gather

2010-11-03 00:00:00


Palestine and Bono, a salute to Betty Doherty and an elegy for Solomon Burke...

McCann: Manual Relief

2010-11-03 00:00:00


Six hand shandies a week heads off cancer at the pass.. And what precisely are we to make of Peter Sutherland?

McCann: Are You On The Bus?

2010-11-01 00:00:00


What ensues when a posse of serious men and women of letters pay a visit to a rock festival?

McCann: Marching Season with a difference

2010-09-27 00:00:00


Usually when you see a bunch of brightly dressed men in funny hats poncing around Derry, the Orange Order is involved. This year, however, the local Gay Pride Community was getting in on the act for the first time. And no one discriminated against women!

McCann: The war on free expression

2010-07-29 00:00:00


In the same year that the findings of the Saville Inquiry into Bloody Sunday were finally published, how ironic that the powers-that-be in the North should try to clamp down on the public’s right to protest.

McCann: Candid Cameron?

2010-07-14 00:00:00


It took the British government 38 years to apologise for the massacre in Derry. Meanwhile, they're going all-out to obscure the truth about a far more recent massacre in Basra...

McCann: It's about the oil, stupid

2010-06-28 00:00:00


Why are so many nations so reluctant to challenge Israel? Plus, the Catholic church gets its gaydar working. Pity it won’t work on paedophiles.

McCann: You can't fight the rot

2010-06-14 00:00:00


Diarmuid Martin was wrong when he said 'forces' within the Church are covering up sex abuse cases. When it comes to clerical scandals, the entire edifice of Catholicism is corrupt

McCann: Golden Discs

2010-05-12 00:00:00


Our correspondent takes a few minutes off from weightier issues in order to savour the delights of Derry’s finest record store, Cool Discs.

McCann: Happy Days Are Here Again

2010-04-28 00:00:00


Once he fronted The Screaming Bin Lids and The Whole Tribe Sings. Now ace songwriter Paddy Nash is back with the Happy Enchiladas.

McCann: Grin And Blair It

2010-04-14 00:00:00


It’s official. The Brits are as bad as the Irish when it comes to sleaze. Plus, the delirious genius of And So I Watch You From Afar

McCann: How Long Must We Sing This Song?

2010-04-13 00:00:00


Why the wound left by Bloody Sunday will ache for as long as the State refuses to acknowledge the truth of what happened that fateful day.

McCann: Oscar Bravo? Don't Believe It For A Minute

2010-03-31 00:00:00


The Hurt Locker is the toast of Hollywood, with a slew of Academy Awards under its belt. But why are we rushing to cheer a film which so fundamentally distorts the truth about the Iraq war?

McCann: A New Testament To Stupidity?

2010-03-19 00:00:00


As if we were in any doubt whose side Jesus is on, the bearded bringer of fishes and loaves has apparently given his blessing to one of the companies who furnish the US military with bullets. Go get ‘em tough guy.

McCann: Suffer Little Children

2010-03-05 00:00:00


Why the Catholic Church went out of its way to protect, rather then punish, the countless clerics who were raping and abusing innocent children.

McCann: About Adams

2010-03-04 00:00:00


There appears to be a double-standard at work in the press coverage of the Bishop Martin Drennan and Gerry Adams stories.

McCann: Lies and cover-ups

2010-02-18 00:00:00


Why the wrong-headed hysteria being drummed up against legal highs is putting lives at risk. Also, fresh revelations about Brendan Smyth’s trail of abuse shows just how deeply corrupt the Catholic Church really is...

McCann: The Strange Story of the UDA, the President's Husband and £10 million

2010-02-11 00:00:00


Plus: Raytheon pull out of Derry. And Cardinal Cahal Daly – what he really knew...

McCann: Christmas: A Time For Robbery

2009-12-11 00:00:00


Not to mention self-pleasuring. Plus: a very good joke that you can tell at the Christmas parties and pretend it’s your own...

McCann: Still Kissing the Bishop's Ring

2009-11-26 00:00:00


It’s widely believed that the Irish State no longer fears the Catholic Church. But it still fears facing up to State collusion with Church criminality.

McCann: Some Like It Pot

2009-11-12 00:00:00


An American newspaper has started reviewing locally available varieties of cannabis – what chances publications here might follow suit?

McCann: Mass Appeal

2009-10-29 00:00:00


Did you know it was illegal to sell mass cards not authorised by the Catholic Church? Only in a banana republic.

McCann: Wood You Believe It?

2009-09-03 00:00:00


Forget the Virgin Mary appearing on a tree stump in Rathkeale - our columnist had a miraculous experience of his own in Lebanon two years ago.

McCann: Protest & Survive

2009-08-25 00:00:00


Rip-off Ireland is dead. We’re broke and no one else is gonna fix it but us chickens. Time to agitate, educate, organise...

McCann: The Misuse of Music Act

2009-08-06 00:00:00


A new organisation of musicians has written to Barack Obama protesting against the use of music to torture detainees. Also: a closer look at the individuals behind the recent An Bord Snip report, which recommends systematic fleecing of the poor in order to keep fat-cats in the style to which they’re accustomed.

McCann: Poor Little Rich Kids

2009-07-22 00:00:00


It isn't the wealthy we should be concerned about, but the people who have lost their jobs and their homes.

Reports: McCann Telling It Like It Is: Holy Terrors

2009-07-09 00:00:00


In the aftermath of the horrific report into institutional child abuse, let us not forget that the higher echelons of the Catholic Church was perfectly aware of the evil being perpetrated in its name – and refused to do anything.

McCann: Bootboy: Come the revolution

2009-06-26 00:00:00


Our columnist continues to be inspired by the possibilities offered up by radical left-wing politics.

Reports: McCann Telling It Like It Is: Friday on my mind

2009-06-24 00:00:00


If George Best was football's Beatle, Robin Friday was its Rolling Stone.

McCann: I read the news today, oh boy

2009-05-12 00:00:00


Our man is distinctly unimpressed with the quality of insight on offer in the Sunday broadsheets...

McCann: Gloomtown Rats

2009-04-24 00:00:00


There’s no honour in snitching on your neighbour for diddling the dole, no matter what Mary Hanafin and Margaret Ritchie say.

McCann: Whatever happened to Pat Kenny?

2009-03-03 00:00:00


The Late Late Show presenter didn’t exactly cover himself in glory with his recent Pete Doherty interview...

McCann: Got to admit it's getting better

2009-02-25 00:00:00


Bono must be doing something right if the Sindo are on his back. Also: why is the church still considered immune from civil law?

McCann: Blair: Forgotten But Not Gone

2008-12-11 00:00:00


Having dragged Britain into war, former Prime Minister Tony Blair is now touting his services as a peace-dealer in the middle east. With Christmas on the way, no wonder he's looking crazier than ever before

McCann: Meet the New Boss...

2008-11-26 00:00:00


The election of Barack Obama inspired much gushing in the press. But power always corrupts...

McCann: Sheer Torture- Irish Style

2008-11-12 00:00:00


They're happy screwing the old and the needy, but Biffo's mob seem rather less keen on taking on CIA torturers who use Ireland as a staging post.

McCann: Mother Inferior

2008-11-04 00:00:00


Could the US election see Mother Teresa barred from heaven? And if so, who should be thanked for this miracle on high?

McCann: Left Behind?

2008-10-23 00:00:00


When the Northern powder keg went off, the conflict was painted as an ethno-religious one, rather than as a clash of political principles. But what was really going on remains unfinished business...

Live: A Tribute to Jimmy Faulkner live at the Olympia Theatre

2008-10-22 00:00:00


Over 50 artists came together to pay their respects to Jimmy Faulkner in an unforgettable show of more than four hours of emotionally-charged performances.

McCann: Head of state

2008-09-17 00:00:00


The joys of poetry: Abby Oliviera enlivens Pride Week with a little ditty about her Highness's oral expertise. Are you sure Willy Wordsworth did it this way?

McCann: The missionary position

2008-09-08 00:00:00


There’s nothing more pathetic than a rheumy-eyed hack reading over a sentence scribbled half a lifetime ago and drooling, ‘Jeez, that was a good one right enough.’

McCann: Ireland - Where Wrongdoers Get a Free Pass

2008-08-27 00:00:00


Bertie Ahern lied in public about his finances - but is still looked on with fondness by the public. What does this say about our attitudes towards wrongdoing?

Live: Glasgowbury, Eagle's Rock, Draperstown, Derry

2008-08-26 00:00:00


We arrived just in time for Ham Sandwich – soft vibes, floating vocals, bass-player with the best rhythmic leg scratch in Ireland. It might have been the midges.

McCann: The Jong remains inflamed

2008-07-24 00:00:00


Is Erica Jong a free speech martyr in the making or just another paranoid android?

McCann: The rotters' club

2008-07-11 00:00:00


Hob-nobbing with dictators, robbing graves and shaking hands with the devil - it's just another week in politics

McCann: Watch Your Language

2008-06-25 00:00:00


Why the English-speaking world can think the Irish for some of its most distinctive words and phrases.

McCann: Watching Politicians Dance

2008-06-16 00:00:00


The embarrassing spectacle of David Cameron and Gordon Brown pretending to dig Arctic Monkeys and The Jam should terrify us all...

McCann: Hypocritic oafs

2008-05-29 00:00:00


Women in Northern Ireland are three more likely to have a late abortion than British women. But that doesn't matter to the tribal elders...

McCann: It's a mad, mad, mad, mad, mad world

2008-05-12 00:00:00


In which John Waters writes a love letter to the Pope, and Hillary Clinton threaten Iran with obliteration. Crazy, man, crazy.

McCann: The Situation Is Terminal

2008-05-01 00:00:00


Shouldn't those who hailed the appointment of Willie Walsh as British Airways boss be cringing with embarrassment after the airline's part in the recent Heathrow Terminal 5 debacle?

McCann: That's Terri, with one I

2008-04-16 00:00:00


Eamonn McCann salutes a true Irish musical legend, Good Vibes man Terri Hooley, and argues that music should be free.

McCann: The millionaires are revolting

2008-04-01 00:00:00


Why the ultra-rich, and their media mouthpieces, don't like the thought of lowly proles sticking their noses into the ruling class's financial jiggery-pokery...

McCann: The holy blood and the holy grail

2008-03-19 00:00:00


Following the exhumation of Padre Pio's body, two teenaged entrepreneurs are asking ten grand for a phial of what they say is the bearded bi-locationist's blood.

McCann: People have the power

2008-03-05 00:00:00


How Ian Paisley's own community came to deem him surplus to requirements.

McCann: Sometimes Satan comes as a (wo)man of peace

2008-02-20 00:00:00


Hillary Clinton has been selling herself as a peacemaker on the back of a bogus Troubles anecdote. Plus: more hot dope on drugs

McCann: Why has no-one been charged with the murder of these men?

2008-02-13 00:00:00


Eleven cannabis dealers have been murdered in Northern Ireland, victims of the IRA’s Direct Action Against Drugs vigilante killings. So far, no one has even been questioned in relation to the killings...

McCann: Norn Iron born again

2008-01-23 00:00:00


Pet sounds of Ulster: Kharma 45, The Undertones, Triggerman, Red Organ Serpent Sound and the late great Billy Browne. Not to mention masturbating monkeys.

Live: Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band at the Odyssey Arena, Belfast

2008-01-18 00:00:00


"We pile out to collude in exotic cigarettes along the fairy-lit Lagan and argue whether this was really the best gig ever-ever. Maybe."

McCann: Church of the poison mind

2007-12-18 00:00:00


Why have our political leaders debased themselves by queueing up to genuflect before Archbishop Brady in Rome?

McCann: Stormin' Norman

2007-12-05 00:00:00


A salute to the raging bull of American intellectualism, Norman Mailer.

McCann: Crushed to the brink

2007-11-28 00:00:00


There should be an international outcry over Tel Aviv’s latest assault on the rights of Palestinians. Instead the world looks on in mute collusion.

McCann: Why the british honours system is a cruel joke

2007-11-07 00:00:00


Ian Botham is thrilled to be made a Knight, saying it makes him proud to be British. Shows what he knows.

McCann: Hezbollah and homophobia: the truth

2007-10-30 00:00:00


Among the many media lies being peddled about Hezbollah, you may have heard them described as violently homophobic. It’s not true...

McCann: Brownian Commotion

2007-10-15 00:00:00


At last a pop star is prepared to tell the blunt truth about third world poverty. And no, his name isn't Bono.

McCann: General Sir Mike Jackson and the art of cover-up

2007-09-26 00:00:00


Is it credible that the man who commanded the British Army in Iraq never voiced his misgivings about the war to the British Prime Minister, Tony Blair?

McCann: Get up, stand up

2007-09-18 00:00:00


Why fans at rock gigs have become far too well-behaved, and should strive harder to incite riot and revolution.

McCann: Oh, Mandy

2007-09-04 00:00:00


A gobsmacking performance heralds the arrival of a major new talent.

McCann: “I Screamed And Screamed But No One Answered...”

2007-08-28 00:00:00


When 28 people died in an Israeli massacre at Qana, Lebanon, the Derry Anti-War Coalition occupied Derry's Raytheon Plant. Eamon McCann reports on their visit to Qana.

McCann: The campaign against cannabis is dangerous and dishonest

2007-08-14 00:00:00


In recent weeks, we have been subjected to a slew of new headlines announcing the alleged dangers of cannabis. But this is just blatant scare-mongering...

McCann: Barbed ire

2007-07-31 00:00:00


Whinging Streisand fans got what they deserved. They should’ve saved their squids for Joan As Policewoman in Letterkenny.

McCann: The North shall rise up

2007-07-16 00:00:00


Northern Ireland’s rock scene is bursting at the seams with great new talent. Plus, why commentators are attempting to re-write history on Iraq.

McCann: The wind beneath the Wangs

2007-07-11 00:00:00


There’s just too many Wangs in the world, according to the Chinese Government. But first, conclusive proof that the war on Iraq was launched on a lie.

McCann: How long must we sing this song?

2007-06-22 00:00:00


30th Anniversary Retrospective: Thirty years ago, the USA was engaged in a bloody and illegal war, and led by a discredited President with no compunction about breaking domestic or international law. Sound familiar?

McCann: Was King Billy homosexual?

2007-06-18 00:00:00


So they say. And so too was David, who slew Goliath in the bible. In fact, there is ample reason to believe that key characters involved in two pillars of the DUP’s view of the world would be deeply offended at recent remarks by Ian Paisley Jnr in Hot Press.

McCann: Wolfowitz in sheep's clothing

2007-05-22 00:00:00


Why has Bono not withdrawn his endorsement of cronyist World Bank boss Paul Wolfowitz?

McCann: The wrong arm of the law

2007-05-08 00:00:00


Garda corruption resulted in a Donegal publican’s false imprisonment under horrifying circumstances. But the input of Republican vigilantes in the framing of an innocent man should not be forgotten.

McCann: Knight errant

2007-04-24 00:00:00


Why Bono’s decision to fawningly accept the honours of Empire constitutes grave moral vacuity... and the strange tale of Able Seacat Simon.

McCann: Police state

2007-04-17 00:00:00


Bomb materials made in Northern Ireland are killing people in the Middle East while the PSNI arrest protesters against the manufacturers, including this HotPress columnist.

McCann: Hey Joe

2007-04-13 00:00:00


While Holmes and Foreman prosper, the great Smokin’ Joe Frazier is boxing history’s forgotten legend, never forgiven for his 1971 victory over Ali.

McCann: Helen freezes over

2007-03-27 00:00:00


Or how Helen Mirren, formerly a feisty republican, sold out for the Queen’s jewellery. words Eamon McCann

McCann: Songs they don't play on the radio

2007-03-13 00:00:00


In which our correspondent uncovers a secret history of great lost songs.

McCann: Cop out

2007-02-27 00:00:00


Former subversives urging the faithful to support their local police force. And it’s not even April 1st.

McCann: Bury me deep in love

2007-02-13 00:00:00


Romance ain’t dead, but Saint Valentine is buried in Dublin.

McCann: Suffer little children

2007-01-30 00:00:00


Nobody’s talking about how most of the North’s children are being sidelined by the St Andrew’s agreement.

McCann: Unnatural selection

2007-01-16 00:00:00


Semi-literates campaigning for the preservation of elite schools? Catholic journals displaying ignorance of the core elements of Catholicism? Where will it all end?

McCann: The drugs policy don't work

2007-01-08 00:00:00


It’ll only be a happy Christmas when the war on drugs is over.

McCann: The way we war

2006-11-07 00:00:00


Why it’s high time Ireland faces up to the sacrifices made by its sons in the Great War.

McCann: The misinformation war rages on

2006-10-24 00:00:00


Why the western media isn’t telling us the full truth about the conflict in Israel and Lebanon.

McCann: Have we got snooze for you

2006-10-10 00:00:00


Looking for some informed comment about world-shaking events? Stay clear of the newspapers then.

McCann: The man who stared at goats

2006-09-26 00:00:00


The gospel according to Engels: when the capitalist shit hits the ecological fan, the goats shall inherit the earth. Also, the unpleasantly Gore-y details.

McCann: Christians and cannibals

2006-09-12 00:00:00


Irish Times science columnist admits possibility of God. The end is nigh.

McCann: It's only rock'n'roll but I like it

2006-08-29 00:00:00


With politicians up in arms about flower-beds while Raytheon helps destroy Lebanon, it’s enough to make even Tony Blair frown. Thank god we still have rock.

McCann: From a scream to a whisper

2006-08-15 00:00:00


Agit-prop star David Rovics kicks against the pricks while Radio Ulster DJ and songwriter Eamon Friel beguiles.

McCann: The kids are alright - shame about the parents

2006-08-01 00:00:00


The kids at St Eithne’s have a dazzling take on today’s world – a blessed relief when saintly politicians take bribes for no reason and self-styled worthies line up to celebrate the slaughter at the Somme.

McCann: Panel beating

2006-07-18 00:00:00


Forget the party line. Ireland's World Cup pundits are all too fallible, especially when it comes to Beckham-bashing.

McCann: The get-fresh fish flesh fest

2006-07-04 00:00:00


Female guppies are so sick of being pestered by their sex-crazed male counterparts, they often prefer to take their chances in dangerous predator-filled waters. Another Saturday night in Temple Bar then. Also: our columnist is mobbed by Boss-obsessed anoraks.

Frontlines: How Peter Hain made a hames of the Parades Commission

2006-06-30 00:00:00


When the Northern Ireland Secretary Peter Hain appointed two members of the Orange Order to the Parades Commission, he set himself up for a political bruising. But worse than that, he may have fatally undermined the ability of the organisation to function.

McCann: Spy me to the moon

2006-06-20 00:00:00


Why those who believe Martin McGuinness was a British agent are on a day-trip from reality

McCann: Give us this day our daily red

2006-06-07 00:00:00


Bono's Red campaign is making waves - but whatever happened to Make Poverty History?

McCann: Guilty Secret

2006-05-30 00:00:00


In which the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima causes our columnist to flashback to the one that got away...

Live: Bruce Springsteen live at The Point, Dublin

2006-05-19 00:00:00


Bruce and his army of musicians made like this night in Dublin was the night of their lives – and maybe it was.

McCann: For Pete's sake

2006-05-16 00:00:00


The media obsession with Pete Doherty is ghoulish and unbecoming.

McCann: Dutch courage

2006-04-21 00:00:00


Why was the media so slow to question the over-the-top conviction of Patrick Dutchy Holland?

McCann: Just who are those masked men?

2006-04-06 00:00:00


Remembering the days when Scottish pros played Donegal nixers in disguise. Plus: how power-sharing deadlines are a moveable feast.

McCann: Hypocrisy in high places

2006-03-22 00:00:00


Why is Israel permitted to develop nuclear weapons when Iran is not?

McCann: Black is the colour

2006-03-09 00:00:00


... Sported on the lapels of those who’ll protest Irish collusion with the invasion of Iraq this Patrick’s Day.

McCann: One 'flu over the cuckoo's nest

2006-02-23 00:00:00


According to Ben Bradshaw, if you lie down with the birds you get up with disease.

McCann: Where the guns are hidden

2006-02-09 00:00:00


Why was testimony on the Bridgend arms cache omittted from the 2004 Morris report?

McCann: Beware the guys of march

2006-01-27 00:00:00


Or how the Christian right detected family values in the sex lives of penguins. But only the heterosexual ones. Plus: the bizarre parable of the Eyeballs In The Sky.

McCann: Who's the real rogue state?

2006-01-12 00:00:00


Why Lebanese politician Rafik Hariri has been posthumously hailed as a hero of peace.

Frontlines: JUSTICE: Who will guard the guards?

2005-12-20 00:00:00


Annual article: A year in the world of justice reviewed.

McCann: Bono and the Wolf

2005-12-20 00:00:00


Annual article: Injustice was as rampant in 2005 as ever before, to no-one’s surprise.

McCann: Deathsember 25th

2005-12-06 00:00:00


At Christmas, no-one can hear you scream.

McCann: Sheela-na-jig

2005-11-17 00:00:00


If Catholicism was a thin veneer grafted onto the skin of pagan Ireland post-Famine, then the oppression of women was a similarly late development.

McCann: Snake bite

2005-11-03 00:00:00


Red Organ Serpent Soundare bringing their ten-legged groove machine to an Ambassador near you. And the cross and burn atrocity policy that never was.

McCann: Give 'em enough robe

2005-10-20 00:00:00


What the well dressed Pontiff is wearing this season. Also: Katrina brings out the crazies

McCann: Never gonna give you up

2005-10-06 00:00:00


How the Catholic Church is sheltering the man who led the ‘ethnic cleansing’ of Krajina.

McCann: Howard's dead end

2005-09-22 00:00:00


Why Ron Howard’s new biopic of world heavyweight champ James J. Braddock is a whitewash.

McCann: Arizona Dream

2005-09-08 00:00:00


Militant sounds from Civilian. Also, Camp Thunderbird - the feelgood story of the summer.

McCann: Hey Preacher - Leave Those Kids Alone

2005-08-25 00:00:00


Why the church should stop telling parents how to raise their children.

McCann: Married alive

2005-08-16 00:00:00


Why gay marriage is fool’s gold. Also, Lance Armstrong pedalling peace.

McCann: Suffer Little Children

2005-08-03 00:00:00


The Legionaries of Christ has a dark secret in its past. But the new Pope is unwilling to confront it.

McCann: Live 8: What's The Deal

2005-07-18 00:00:00


The small print behind Drop The Debt. Also: When Old Blue Eyes was a Red.

McCann: All That Jazz

2005-07-11 00:00:00


Why Donegal may have given jazz its name, and the struggle for democracy in Egypt.

McCann: Me And The Devil Blues

2005-06-23 00:00:00


The enduring appeal of exorcism, and that terrifying winged demon, Mick O’Leary.

Frontlines: Go, Move, Shift

2005-06-21 00:00:00


Travellers have been barred from the town of Larne in Northern Ireland, in what amounts to one of the most extreme uses of an ASBO yet under UK law. Report by Eamonn McCann.

McCann: Oh Dear Lord

2005-06-10 00:00:00


Lord Laird’s chequered past and unsavoury acquaintances make his criticism of Phil Flynn somewhat strange. Plus: Our columnist recalls a difficult meeting with Van Morrison and explores the origins of the singer’s legendary pugnacity.

Frontlines: Video Violence

2005-05-30 00:00:00


Police brutality in the Waterside, and getting the Sachs from the Dunphy Show

McCann: Sex, Violence And Celtic - The Secret History Of The Papacy

2005-05-16 00:00:00


Bearing in mind the chequered history of his predecessors, Eamonn McCann reckons Pope Benedict XVI may be letting himself in for a hell of a lot more than he bargained for.

McCann: Left Wing Cross

2005-04-26 00:00:00


Football fans in North Korea enjoy a good deal more freedom than many might have suspected. Plus: The story behind John Hume and David Trimble’s decision to bring arms manufacturer Raytheon to Derry and why Skruf are one of the bands to look out for in 2005.

McCann: Dangerous Liaisons

2005-04-15 00:00:00


A question mark continues to hang over Bono's motivations for associating with sundry right-wing politicians. Plus: why there has to be an alternative to the dogmatic positions adopted by the Provos and the Indo on the Northern issue.

McCann: Papal Bull

2005-03-30 00:00:00


Parishioners and priests alike have responded angrily to attempts by the Bishop of Derry to surreptitiously impose a levy aimed at covering the costs of clerical sex abuse cases. Plus: The different face Sinn Fein presents in the US and the hypocrisy of Cardinal Cormac Murphy O-Connor.

McCann: All Dat Jazz

2005-03-18 00:00:00


The secret history of how the Irish invented jazz, and skullduggery at the Morris Tribunal.

McCann: Pope, John & Paul

2005-02-28 00:00:00


The hitherto undisclosed links between 'Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds' and Our Lady Of Fatima. Plus: Why the current impasse in the Peace Process reveals the fatal flaw in the Good Friday Agreement.

McCann: The Day The Music Died

2005-02-11 00:00:00


Why aren’t more artists protesting against the US government’s refusal to grant visas to Cuban musicians? Plus: The inside story on Mark E. Smith’s infamous appearance on Newsnight and why the controversy over Derry airport has exposed the hypocrisy of Michael O’Leary.

McCann: Out Of Africa

2005-02-04 00:00:00


Our columnist wasn’t exactly popping open the champagne at the news that Mark Thatcher had escaped with a suspended sentence for his part in the attempted coup in Equatorial Guinea. Plus: why Bono’s gushing endorsement at the Labour Party Conference has allowed Blair and Brown to continue to get away with murder.

McCann: Clerical Errors

2005-01-20 00:00:00


Religious leaders have reached new levels of bolloxology in their attempts to explain the tsunami in South East Asia. Plus: the unlamented demise of Fr. Martin Tierney and why documentarist and author Jon Ronson is in a field of his own.

McCann: State Sanctioned Suicide: The Whole Hog's 2004

2004-12-21 00:00:00


It was the year Annie Kelly posthumously made her mark on the Northern Prison system and Janet Jackson caused uproar with her mammary moment at the Super Bowl. All in all, 2004 was a weird but not always wonderful 12 months.

McCann: State Sanctioned Suicide

2004-12-20 00:00:00


It was the year Annie Kelly posthumously made her mark on the Northern Prison system and Janet Jackson caused uproar with her mammary moment at the Super Bowl. All in all, 2004 was a weird but not always wonderful 12 months.

McCann: A Confederacy of Dunces

2004-12-03 00:00:00


Mainstream opinion on Third World debt as espoused by Geldof, Blair et al is grievously wrong. Plus reflections on the many bitter ironies at the heart of the Bloody Sunday inquiry.

Live: At The Helix, Dublin

2004-11-25 00:00:00


Anybody who came hoping for an extended howl of cathartic defiance will have come away unfulfilled. This was a subdued performance from the non-pareil mistress of politically-charged, polymorphous folk-funk.

McCann: Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Park

2004-11-23 00:00:00


Our columnist recalls the elegant prose of literary craftsmen and footballer Percy M. Young. Plus: The unlamented resignation of EU commissioner Rocco Butiglione and why the American public is perhaps more radical than the recent election results indicated.

McCann: Sinn Fein and Fianna Fail – the perfect match?

2004-11-05 00:00:00


Why the similarities between FF and SF may be greater than first anticipated. Plus: linguistic weirditude on The Irish Times letters page and our columnist launches a new book which gleefully satirises the Northern political process.

McCann: Domestic Strife

2004-10-29 00:00:00


Bigotry is alive and kicking in 21st-century Ireland – in the form of anti-traveller discrimination. Plus: why croquet is more genuinely Irish than Gaelic football.

McCann: What's law got to do with it?

2004-10-12 00:00:00


Wise parables, working your way up in the meat industry, how to get deported and how to get paid to go to a gig.

McCann: The price of education

2004-10-01 00:00:00


The increasing privatisation of third-level colleges is a cause for concern.

McCann: The strange case of the Belfast 5

2004-09-08 00:00:00


Plus the dissident Republican they’re trying to frame. and whatever happened to Kevin Boyle?

McCann: Army dreamers

2004-08-18 00:00:00


What Brando, Reagan and Bush have – and don’t have in common. And why anti-semitism and Zionism are complementary ideologies.

McCann: The bishop's new clothes

2004-08-06 00:00:00


Sex, purity and cover-up in Donegal; and how Michael Moore got it right and wrong.

McCann: Missing the mark

2004-07-23 00:00:00


How a brace of bullish media commentators got it badly wrong on Iraq – yet still brazenly claim victory.

McCann: The Horses of the Apocalypse

2004-07-13 00:00:00


The equine casualties of the IRA’s Hyde Park bomb of 1982 (pictured) have never been forgotten – but none of the names of the human dead have achieved iconic status. plus: computer war games.

McCann: The party of the red sea

2004-06-24 00:00:00


with the north’s rock elite behind him, our columnist goes in search of the euro vote (but not before dissing mel gibson and gm crops).

McCann: Iraq is the issue of the age

2004-06-14 00:00:00


If we can force the Western armies out of Iraq then we will have put a halt to the gallop of those who are using the might of the US military to impose their brute agenda on the world.

McCann: Bono, Blair, Prince and the war

2004-05-25 00:00:00


What does it mean when you sup with Mr.Man? These and other intriguing questions are yours to ponder.

McCann: Mary, not so contrary

2004-05-12 00:00:00


While Mary Robinson falls foul of the new accepted definition of “anti-semitism” in America, in dear old Ireland a republican can joke about “the black ’n’ prams”.

McCann: Sitting Orders

2004-04-27 00:00:00


Why Derry city fans can no longer stand up to be counted; why the rich are so disgusting; and why we haven’t heard much about the British-Al Qaida plot to kill Gadafi.

McCann: Lying liars and the shinners who won't say boo to Bush

2004-04-16 00:00:00


Anti-imperialist on the one hand, god bless america on the other – it was ever thus with republicanism, all the way back to Dev.

McCann: Return of the Maharishi

2004-03-30 00:00:00


Eoghan Harris is the latest disciple of ayurvedic medicine – the origins of the currently popular version of which go back, via Deepak Chopra, all the way to the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

Live: Live in Derry

2004-03-29 00:00:00


This is a band bubbling and bristling with intelligent musical and literary references. Bowie, the Stripes, Cockney Rebel, Madness, D. H. Lawrence, the Wasp and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

McCann: Doing it by the book

2004-03-18 00:00:00


If Mel Gibson’s The Passion of The Christ is to be true to the bible then it has no alternative to be anti-semitic. Plus: why Sir Bob and Bono are on the wrong side.

McCann: Are you wrong there Michael?

2004-03-11 00:00:00


Eamonn McCann throws down a challenge to Ryanair.

McCann: An each- way bet

2004-03-02 00:00:00


Why there can be no loser – and, for that matter, no winner – if Fergie and Magnier do battle in court.

McCann: Jacko: born to be Wilde

2004-02-24 00:00:00


Why, for some people, R. Kelly, “the pied piper of R&B, is the hero to Michael Jackson’s villain; and the chance to reclaim dead prods for the true faith!

McCann: Exclusive: Hitler not a mormon

2004-02-10 00:00:00


Proxy baptism causes a growing rift between Mormons and Jews; and the strange connection between a recent suicide bomber and Padraig Pearse’s ma.

McCann: Barking Mad

2004-01-19 00:00:00


Why the royal mutts take after the royal family and why Mother Teresa was a scheming liar, hypocrite and fraud. words Eamonn McCann

McCann:

2004-01-06 00:00:00


Eamonn McCann reflects on a tumultuous twelve months in which anti-Bush sentiment reached unprecedented levels of intensity, Dr. David Kelly’s suicide opened a can of worms, and, at home, the stem-cell debate swung into full flow .

McCann: The importance of being other

2003-12-04 00:00:00


“There’s no sense running for election unless first you suspend all sense of shame.” From that starting point, Eamonn McCann went on to exceed all expectations in the Northern Ireland election. Here, he recalls the highs and lows of the campaign.

McCann: The importance of being other

2003-12-04 00:00:00


“There’s no sense running for election unless first you suspend all sense of shame.” From that starting point, Eamonn McCann went on to exceed all expectations in the Northern Ireland election. Here, he recalls the highs and lows of the campaign.

McCann: Racism in the halls of academia

2003-12-01 00:00:00


Some deeply suspect theories are being propagated by an emeritas of one of the most renowned universities in the north.

McCann: This is the s.e.a.

2003-11-13 00:00:00


That's the socialist environmental alliance. Eamonn McCann explains why you should vote for him, and them, in the Northern elections

McCann: News update: there is no god

2003-10-31 00:00:00


Why the notion of god is plain silly; the north’s war on drugs; and pop eats itself again.

McCann: When One Tribe Goes To War

2003-10-14 00:00:00


While the provisional IRA might not have a British licence to murder, they might be allowed a certain leeway when it comes to tackling dissident Republicans.

McCann: The Colour Code

2003-09-29 00:00:00


Hints for a career in racist bigotry; a doper’s great escape; and why Sinn Fein’s nationalism makes for unpleasant bed-sharing.

Frontlines: The Firing Ceased, There Were White Handkerchiefs. Then A Moment Later, People Started Screaming...

2003-09-25 00:00:00


The evidence of two British soldiers about the shooting of unarmed civilians, heard in public for the first time, but largely overlooked in coverage of the Saville inquiry, is a direct challenge to the “official” line on bloody sunday which has held for more than 30 years.

McCann: The Blair Witch Project

2003-09-05 00:00:00


From rebirthing to feng shui – the crucial evidence which suggests that britain’s first couple have gone mad. words Eamonn McCann

McCann: Joining America's Disappeared

2003-08-20 00:00:00


I’m sorry to hear of an old acquaintance, John Eddie McNicholl, taking a hit from the Bush regime, and even sorrier to note the reaction of an influential element of Irish-America.

McCann: No accounting for it

2003-08-01 00:00:00


Too many gardai with guns; the international role of the soldiers of bigotry; and a potentially significant advance in abortion law in Northern Ireland.

McCann: God is dead – but Ani DiFranco is very much alive

2003-06-25 00:00:00


The Catholic Church may snatch the bodies of non-believers and dodge responsibility for child sex abuse, behind a cloud of legal obfuscation – but the heathens are growing in strength.

McCann: Spy game

2003-06-13 00:00:00


British espionage, cover ups and collusion – 30 years of a tangled web.

McCann: Lies, the media and the outing of ‘Stakeknife’

2003-05-28 00:00:00


Only one thing is certain , amid the murk of the ‘Stakeknife’ controversy: security ‘sources’ deliberately lied to the media. Now isn’t that strange?

McCann: Guns n’ rosen

2003-05-15 00:00:00


As the dust settles on the war in Iraq, the US government are said to have roped in Recording Industry Association Of aAmerica CEO, Hilary Rosen, to help draft copyright law for the new Iraqi administration.

McCann: Raising the ’tones

2003-05-14 00:00:00


The definitive sound of summer from Derry. And how Peter Sutherland waltzed away from a potential PR disaster.

McCann: The secret is out

2003-04-30 00:00:00


Fatima for slow learners. Plus: the dirty war and how to confound an evangelist.

McCann: Send in the clowns

2003-04-16 00:00:00


The Bush administration’s Manson family values. Also: the abolition of sin in Strabane.

McCann: Waging war on women

2003-04-02 00:00:00


Prayer as the best remedy for pre-menstrual tension? So says one of Bush’s boys as misogyny stalks the US establishment. Plus: the passing of the great writer and activist Howard Fast.

McCann: Getting it taped

2003-03-19 00:00:00


Hysteria sells well in the US; “the gentle, much-maligned torquemada”; Bin Laden’s reading habits; and the importance of thinking globally and acting locally.

McCann: A shot in the arms

2003-03-05 00:00:00


Why Derry’s often warring politicians are happy to link arms; why John Hogan is bigger than Bono (in St. Lucia); and the lie of the decade award

McCann: The name calling game

2003-02-18 00:00:00


why unionists and nationalists helplessly wring their hands at job losses but go on the offensive over a city's name; the origin of the "axis of evil"; and a hail of abuse to the chief

McCann:

2003-02-18 00:00:00


why unionists and nationalists helplessly wring their hands at job losses but go on the offensive over a city's name; the origin of the "axis of evil"; and a hail of abuse to the chief

McCann: Today Alabama, tomorrow Ballymena

2003-02-05 00:00:00


It’s official: the more gays a place has, the less likely it is to be battered by tornados. However, if an area has a lot of protestants…

McCann: The ethnic cleansing of Diego Garcia

2003-01-22 00:00:00


In 1972, the British government “swept clean” the Chagos Islands and handed the biggest – a tropical paradise called Diego Garcia – over to the US. 30 years later no one seems to care what happened to the natives who were uprooted and exiled. words Eamonn McCann

McCann: Mass deception

2003-01-13 00:00:00


Clerical sex abuse, an upper crust whistle blower and privatising western thuggery

McCann: America rules the waves

2002-12-11 00:00:00


The global thoughts of Richard Haass and life inside the parachute regiment

McCann: Eminem: journalist of the year

2002-11-27 00:00:00


The genius of Marshall Mathers and new Virgin Mary statue madness in Australia.

McCann: It’s not an Irish thing, it’s not a Catholic thing, it’s a religion thing

2002-11-12 00:00:00


Clerical abuse, the tribunal bandwagon and the extraordinary life and times of Charlie McGuinness

McCann: Rock in the hard place

2002-10-30 00:00:00


The US army graverobs Hendrix… the death of the man who exposed the Turin Shroud… the international court hamstrung at birth… the lonely death of Annie Kelly

McCann: Saints alive

2002-10-16 00:00:00


The Catholic Church has added Pope John Paul I to the long list of deceased pontiffs who are being considered for canonisation, so does sainthood now come with the job?

Live: Oasis

2002-10-04 00:00:00


Oasis lacked energy, aggression, focus, freshness

McCann: Oh, what a lovely war

2002-10-02 00:00:00


Or how bombing Iraq can be good for Bush, business and beef exports

McCann: Another brick in the peace wall

2002-08-07 00:00:00


Why the Belfast Agreement has led to an entrenchment of sectarian positions. Plus: the hero of the fortnight is a deaf man in a Brisbane court

McCann: The Colombia one

2002-05-21 00:00:00


Why aren’t more people asking Peter Sutherland about his company's activities in South America?

McCann: The coup fighters

2002-05-08 00:00:00


Dancing to the revolution; the devil in Ballymena; and holy water in Ferns

McCann: SPLIFF ONLY....

1993-07-28 00:00:00


EVENTUALLY, spliffs will be freely on sale in supermarkets and record stores, and from vending machines in public places.

Frontlines: THE PROTECTION RACKET

1993-07-28 00:00:00


Eamonn McCann explains how Féile '93 became a condom-free zone.

McCann: PC: The Backlash against the Backlash

1993-07-14 00:00:00


You pick up your newspaper or switch on the television these days and there's a good chance you'll encounter an attack on political correctness - or "PC".

McCann: PARA FOR THE COURSE

1993-06-02 00:00:00


The conflict in the North is commonly analysed in terms of the kind of people involved in the violence. Paramilitaries, for example, are frequently explained, or explained away, as psychopaths or racketeers.

McCann: All Saint's Day

1993-06-30 00:00:00


OMAR KHAYAM knew about libel lawyers. Remember how he put it? "The moving finger writes and, having writ, moves on in elaborate circumlocutions." So I'm not about to say anything too straight or overly explicit about the case of Gay Byrne, the popular media personality who, at the time of writing, might be banged up at any moment in Mountjoy on account of having broadcast an item about the 1976 Sallins mail train robbery - the so-called "Nicky Kelly case".

McCann: An overdose of hysteria

2002-09-18 00:00:00


The role of politicians and the media in drug phobia; what Churchill and Saddam have in common; and the devil fails to get his due in US prisons

Frontlines: On a collusion course

2002-07-23 00:00:00


Important questions of the Stevens inquiry team were left unasked by the recent Panorama investigation into collusion between loyalist paramilitaries and the security forces, and the murder of Pat Finucane

McCann: Security alert

2002-07-23 00:00:00


The link between sacked airport workers in Belfast and Israeli intelligence; and the controversy surrounding Alex Maskey's wreath-laying at the war memorial

McCann: Such a parcel of rogues

2002-07-09 00:00:00


Unfortunately, it may mean the US getting into a huddle with "rogue states" but the important business of keeping women and gays in their place has seen the creation of an unlikely Islamic-Christian alliance

McCann: The falling

2002-08-21 00:00:00


Wwhy, despite his best efforts, Bruce Springsteen's take on September 11 is ultimately a let-down; and how the Catholic Church in the US is experiencing simultaneous accountancy problems and sex abuse scandals

Frontlines: Vote for the dissenters

2002-05-10 00:00:00


What we need in Leinster House are representatives of discontent says Eamonn McCann

Interview: Ani are you okay?

2002-06-24 00:00:00


The ever-righteous, incorruptible folkstress brings her eloquent brain to bear on music, politics, 9/11 and America's corporate delinquency

McCann: Father queer father

2002-06-19 00:00:00


Gay men have traditionally sought sanctuary within the catholic church but at what price?

McCann: Church of the poisoned mind

2002-05-29 00:00:00


Why the recent summit in Rome on clerical child sex abuse was a total failure, and a lovely letter from a fan

McCann: Police and thieves

2002-05-24 00:00:00


As with street demonstrators, there are diverse groupings within our Garda Siochána, some more transparent than others

McCann: Blowing smoke

2002-04-24 00:00:00


The Catholic Church is still refusing to face up to its responsibilities in the area of child sex abuse

McCann: Adams: part of the family

2002-04-10 00:00:00


Sinn Fein’s role in the war on terrorism; New York attack cops walk free; and how the is kidnapping international suspects

McCann: The screwed system

2002-03-13 00:00:00


It's racism at the top not lack of resources that is leading to the construction of fortress Europe

McCann: The camp X-Files

2002-02-27 00:00:00


Thumbs down for Joe Klein, thumbs up for Larry Flynt and a high five for the atheists

McCann: Freedom's just another word

2002-02-13 00:00:00


How Bush and Blair are redefining democracy and why Bairbre De Brun may be bad for your health

McCann: Who killed Buddy?

2002-01-17 00:00:00


The mysterious death of Bill Clinton's dog. Plus: biblical homophobia and American anthrax

Frontlines: Bloody reality

2002-01-17 00:00:00


While they may disagree about context and certain details, the two new television documentaries about Bloody Sunday, far from being the "bloody fantasy" alleged by critics, offer accurate and powerful recreations of the events of that tragic and pivotal day. EAMONN McCANN, an eye-witness on Bloody Sunday, reports

McCann: Person of the year

2001-12-14 00:00:00


No competition: it’s got to be righteous babe, Ani Difranco

McCann: You are for us or against us

2001-12-06 00:00:00


The hypocrisy of the us war on terrorism and a nice new church just in time for christmas

McCann: All round the houses

2001-11-29 00:00:00


The Belfast Agreement appears to offer stability at the price of sectarian stalemate

McCann: Pass the sick bag, Alice Cooper

2001-11-08 00:00:00


From Sir Paul to Mother Teresa, the devil is in the detail

McCann: Same as it ever was

2001-10-25 00:00:00


While history repeats itself in Afghanistan, at home, the Catholic Church continues to obstruct investigations into alleged child abuse

McCann: A world turned upside down

2001-10-11 00:00:00


As the US wages war on the forces it helped create, Bertie waffles, Castro urges calm and the ghost of Vietnam returns

McCann: With God on their side

2001-09-27 00:00:00


Religion and politics: the worst are full of passionate intensity

McCann: With God on their side

2001-09-27 00:00:00


Religion and politics: the worst are full of passionate intensity

McCann: A bit rich

2001-09-13 00:00:00


It’s a woman’s, woman’s, woman’s world? putting JOHN WATERS’ sources to the test

McCann: Wheeling and Dealing

2001-08-30 00:00:00


I see that the editor of the Irish Catholic, David Quinn, has been showing his ignorance of Catholic teaching again.

Frontlines: The holy genocide

2001-08-16 00:00:00


EAMONN McCANN reports on detailed, eye-witness claims of the Catholic Church’s involvement in the Rwandan genocide of 1994 – and of the Vatican’s efforts to protect the guilty

McCann: Doing things by the book

2001-08-16 00:00:00


A strange tale of The Bible, bashing and beating the bookies. Plus "Taxi" repeats and a fairly stale princess

McCann: Violent trends

2001-08-02 00:00:00


Violence in Genoa, visiting a legend in London and Bono’s odd choice of friends

McCann: Seeing Is Believing

2001-07-19 00:00:00


See Change is a campaign to limit the vatican’s influence on UN policy. Plus: the Sinn Féin sell-out and flagging up sectarian hatred

McCann: Tri, tri and tri again

2001-07-05 00:00:00


Trilateral thinking, Mary Robinson and the secret rulers of the world

McCann: The life of O'Reilly

2001-06-21 00:00:00


Fond memories of Tony O'Reilly before he stood alongside Nelson Mandela

Frontlines: A master of war

2001-06-07 00:00:00


Why hasn’t Henry Kissinger been banged up long ago?

McCann: Church of the poisoned minds

2001-05-24 00:00:00


Thinking of making peace with the Catholic Church of your childhood? Think again…

McCann: Houses of the Unholy

1998-08-05 00:00:00


“Bigots obsessed with men’s bums”. That was one commentator’s apt description of the galoots who gathered in the House of Lords at Westminster last month to vote down a proposal to equalise the age of consent for gays.

McCann: Sects and Violence

1998-07-08 00:00:00


The world is full of well-meaning people making things worse. After the murder of the three Quinn children, well-meaners jammed the lines to phone-in programmes with suggestions, for example, that a covered walk-way should be constructed along the length of the Garvaghy Road

McCann: Time to rage against racism

1998-07-22 00:00:00


There are fewer refugees living in Ireland than there are Irish emigrants in Munich, but that hasn’t stopped Justice Minister John O’Donoghue, however inadvertently, whipping up race hate on the refugee issue.

Frontlines: TOO CLEVER BY HALF

1995-02-22 00:00:00


PROFESSOR RICHARD LYNN of the University Of Ulster has produced a body of research designed to prove that ‘blacks’ are less intelligent than ‘whites’. A major influence on the authors of the controversial bible of the New Right The Bell Curve, Lynn now stands accused of “a truly venomous racism, combined with scandalous disregard for scientific objectivity.” Report: Eamonn McCann.

McCann: SECTARIANISM: THE OPIUM OF THE WORKING CLASSES

1995-02-22 00:00:00


SECTARIANISM: THE OPIUM OF THE WORKING CLASSES

McCann: SECTARIANISM: THE OPIUM OF THE WORKING CLASSES

1995-02-22 00:00:00


The people Northern Catholics should be looking to for support are Northern Protestants. And the Protestant working class should ensure in their own interests that the Catholics don’t look to them in vain.

McCann: TALES OF THE PARA NORMAL

1995-02-08 00:00:00


“The best four million pounds I ever spent,” beamed Dermot Desmond last month from the front page of Celtic View, the official magazine of Glasgow Celtic FC.

McCann: THE PEACE PROCESS CAN DELIVER NOTHING WORTHWHILE

1995-01-25 00:00:00


Peer through the murk keenly and you can see the general shape of the settlement promised by the “peace process” that nobody, on pain of being perceived as a bigoted violent bastard, is permitted to oppose. You can even, I think, plot the rough course of the negotiations which might bring it about.

McCann: In the LINE of FIRE

1995-01-11 00:00:00


I’m dandering down the Strand Road the other night wondering whether Jacky is on in Mullen’s and, if he is, whether the chances of him advancing me another sub to see me through to the weekend are good, bad or indifferent to the circumstances I find myself in following the inexplicable failure of Queen’s Consul to do the business at Southwell, when who do I encounter but three citizens by the names of Robbo Terry, Barricade Joe and Rosemount Tom and all of them with expressions upon their faces suggesting that they are anticipating this very evening an occasion of passionate joy.

Frontlines: THE CHURCH AND CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE

1994-12-14 00:00:00


1994 was the year when paedophile priests were finally forced out of the closet. But the Church is still refusing to answer the vital questions. Report: Eamonn McCann.

Commentary: ALL IN THE PAST

1994-12-14 00:00:00


CHRISTMAS FICTION A PARABLE BY EAMONN McCANN

McCann: LEGAL WEAPONS

1994-11-30 00:00:00


Should the illegal arms be handed over? The Northern Ireland Secretary, Sir Patrick Mayhew, was, understandably, very anxious about the answer to that question. And he’s probably even more anxious now as he awaits publication of the report of the Scott Inquiry into arms-related sales to Iraq.

McCann: Sex and the city

2001-04-12 00:00:00


Catholics, Clinton and the crash.

McCann: DEDICATED FOLLOWER OF FASCISM

1994-11-16 00:00:00


Richard Lynn is the University of Ulster’s dirty secret. He is Professor of Psychology at the university’s Coleraine campus. The authorities there hope that he will go away quietly when his tenure ends next year.

McCann: GETTING AWAY WITH BLOODY MURDER

1994-11-02 00:00:00


It took some old duffer in the House of Lords last week to bring back to mind one of the great crimes of recent years – the deaths of more than nine hundred people when the roll-on roll-off car ferry Estonia went down in the Baltic at the beginning of October.

McCann: DRUGS RAID IN INISHOWEN

1994-10-19 00:00:00


BLOWING THE WHISTLE ON THE GARDAI

McCann: THE JUDGE, THE THIEF, HIS BEEF AND SUSAN O’KEEFE

1994-10-05 00:00:00


What’s come over Eamonn Dunphy that he’s writing sensible? A fortnight ago on the back page of the Sunday Indo, he lashed out at Liam Hamilton, the man who wrote the report of the Beef Tribunal and was soon afterwards appointed Chief Justice by Albert Reynolds’ Government.

McCann: HISTORY IN THE RE-MAKING

1994-09-21 00:00:00


There was great consternation at government buildings on the day a few weeks back when Albert Reynolds, as he saw it, welcomed Gerry Adams into the constitutional fold as the de Valera of the 1990s.

McCann: PRESUMED GUILTY

1994-09-07 00:00:00


A note dropped through the letter-box last week from the British Home Secretary Michael Howard, telling me that I’m not welcome at his place any more, which was a surprise and a sore disappointment, since not only has there been a cease-fire in the meantime but I was welcomed in by kind strangers the last time I called.

Frontlines: Let’s Talk About Peace

1994-09-07 00:00:00


Over the past decade in ‘The Hot Press Political Interview’ the subject of Northern Ireland has, not surprisingly, surfaced time and time again. What follows is but a small selection of these quotes, specifically those that look to the future rather than to the past.

McCann: IN THE NAME OF JUSTICE

1994-02-09 00:00:00


With a bit of luck, the release in Britain this week of In The Name Of The Father will help focus attention on the case of Patrick McLaughlin.

McCann: ALBERT’S YELLOW STREAK

1994-08-24 00:00:00


REMEMBER the Beef Tribunal? Forget it. There were other issues, too, which might have brought Reynolds to grief before now, and didn’t. But he could well come a cropper even yet, over Parkingate.

McCann: IT COULDN’T HAPPEN HERE...

1994-03-09 00:00:00


A very eminent British QC was passing through town recently so we finished up in the Dungloe Bar listening to the Jim Armstrong Band singeing the ceiling with John Lee Hooker, Eddie Boyd and Eric Clapton (eh?) numbers, and getting drunk. Us that is, not the band, necessarily.

McCann: PEACE WILL COME . . . NOT

1993-12-15 00:00:00


As 1993 draws to a close, considerable optimism is being expressed about the possibility of bringing peace to Northern Ireland. But no process or initiative grounded in Catholic Nationalism can bring about enduring peace, says Eamonn McCann.

McCann: The Faking of a Statesman

1994-01-12 00:00:00


Down in Dublin for a couple of days a fortnight ago, I bumped into a rubicund retired diplomat in a Merrion Row pub. How long will Albert the Statesman last? he enquired. And we had a warm chuckle to ourselves over hot ports and brandy.

McCann: THE TRUTH ABOUT LIES

1994-01-26 00:00:00


Controversy rages about whether the papers should have published the story about Michael Cleary being a da. What fun. Some say The Phoenix was way out of line printing the yarn when his corpse wasn’t cold in the grave. Others engage in earnest disputation as to whether the story is actually true.

McCann: THE HEART OF DARKNESS

1993-12-01 00:00:00


What do you feel, what do you say, what do you do, when someone you love – in this case a Loyalist gunman – is accused of deliberate, cold-blooded premeditated multiple murders? The conflict in the North has generated thousands of stories of the brutalisation of innocent victims. This is just one of them.

McCann: EAMONN McCANN’S CHRISTMAS HAMPER!

1993-12-15 00:00:00


In this year’s special Xmas gift-pack L Interdenominational Sex L L Festival Fun L L Plus The Virgin Birth and all that baloney L

McCann: ACROSS THE GREAT DIVIDE

1993-11-17 00:00:00


It hasn’t been an easy time to raise political arguments. I was on UTV’s Counterpoint programme the Thursday after the Greysteel massacre and had sharpened my thoughts in advance for cut-and-thrust interplay with ex-UDA chief Glen Barr, Gregory Campbell of the Democratic Unionists and Mark Durkin of the SDLP.

McCann: SUFFER LITTLE CHILDREN

1993-10-20 00:00:00


THE CATHOLIC hierarchy won't get away for much longer with its lack of response to the rush of revelations about physical, sexual and psychological abuse done to children placed in its care.

Frontlines: All the fun of the Fenians

1993-10-06 00:00:00


Speaking as a holder of the Sam Maguire Cup, I can only concur in one GAA correspondent's description of the triumph by Henry Downey's heroes at Croke Park on September 19th as "the dawn of a new era".

McCann: CRUISE'S MISGUIDED MISSILE

1993-09-22 00:00:00


On August 22nd the Sunday Independent carried a number of articles attacking Michael D. Higgins for remarks he had made in an interview in Hot Press. One of these articles was by Conor Cruise O'Brien. I want to comment on it.

McCann: SMELL THE GLOVE

1993-10-06 00:00:00


Any day now a hombre called Padre Alessio Parente will arrive on these shores to whip up support for the canonisation of an Italian madman who called himself "Padre Pio."

McCann: FUNDAMENTAL AS ANYTHING

1998-06-10 00:00:00


The jazz trumpeter Willy Hasson is probably on the British security services' list of dangerous Islamic extremists.

McCann: 'OL RED EYES

1998-06-10 00:00:00


None of the obituaries to Frank Sinatra that I read mentioned that he'd been accused by Senator Joseph McCarthy's House Un-American Activities Committee of being a communist. Maybe few are interested in the political aspect of Sinatra's complex and colourful life. But to ignore it entirely is to miss a salient dimension of the man.

McCann: aSSEMBLY LINE POLITICS

1998-06-24 00:00:00


It's been a difficult birth and the infant institution remains weak. But at least the Assembly is alive at last, and fitfully kicking. With a bit of luck we can look forward to real politics.

McCann: There should be a law against it

1998-06-10 00:00:00


The Garda Commissioner Pat Byrne is worried that the "Blue Flu" business has "brought the law into public disrepute". Oh, I don't know. I heard Brendan from Rialto on The Last Word saying that the public should treat the striking gardai the way gardai sometimes treat strikers. If they demonstrate, kick the fuck out of them, and don't worry if they complain, they'll be denounced in the O'Reilly press as troublemakers who weren't hit half hard enough.

McCann: IT'S THE SAME DIFFERENCE

1993-09-08 00:00:00


THE USUAL people have been spluttering the usual outrage since the revelation in the Sunday Tribune (August 29th) that a former senior civil servant, Michael Lillis, met Gerry Adams on two occasions earlier this year to discuss peace in the North.

McCann: Putting their foot in it

2001-03-29 00:00:00


As the foot and mouth crisis deepens, politicians are guilty of the spread of contagious irrationality

McCann: Outing Maggie

2001-03-01 00:00:00


The secret actions of the British military in Northern Ireland are about as funny as Carry On Sergeant

McCann: Ireland's World Beaters

1993-08-25 00:00:00


I think I know how Ireland could win more gold medals at athletics. The thought struck me as I watched the wondrous performances of the Kenyan squad at Stuttgart, and recalled both the role played in Kenyan athletic success by the Irish Catholic clergy and the rather different role played at home by the Christian Brothers.

McCann: Prickly Questions

2001-02-01 00:00:00


I was listening to a TV discussion of sexuality the other night when one of those women comedians with a sharp line in anti-man routines said, "The trouble with men is that they can't control their penises", which was maybe the hundredth time I'd heard the same point made by the same sort of person but the first time it ever occurred to me that, as a matter of fact, it's true.

McCann: Lies about the prize

2001-02-01 00:00:00


MARTIN LUTHER KING is constantly commemmorated in a way that glosses over his true radicalism

McCann: FALLING DOWN GETS YOU ACCEPTED

1993-08-11 00:00:00


Bowling down through the centre of the country on Friday afternoon en route from Derry to fabled Thurles I tune in to 2FM and hear that there are many thousands of folk already foregathered for the Féile. Also I hear the chief of the local gardai saying that so far the behaviour of all concerned has been 'perfect'.

McCann: Red hat, red face, red card

2001-03-15 00:00:00


The so-called experts got it wrong yet again on the subject of Ireland's new cardinal receiving "the red hat"

McCann: THE CASE FOR RULE

1998-05-27 00:00:00


To make the case against State forces for the murder of Aidan McAnespie is not to give expression to Catholic Nationalism. To show unconcern about the matter is not to express the thinking or the interests of Protestants.

McCann: JOHN, I'M ONLY COUNTING . . .

1998-05-27 00:00:00


Monica McWilliams of the Women's Coalition says that Northern Irish society is "immature" and that this can be put down to the domination of politics and public life by people of the male persuasion. Something to that effect. I'm told John Hume is livid.

Frontlines: THE YES MEN

1998-04-29 00:00:00


Even if the Peace Agreement is accepted it might not work and will almost certainly result in the alienation of many northern citizens. The politicians, however, will have us believe that a No vote would automatically mean a return to all-out war. Eamonn McCann thinks otherwise. Pics: PETER MATTHEWS

McCann: A PLAY for TODAY

1998-04-29 00:00:00


Rev. James Porter was a Presbyterian Minister who wrote savage satirical tracts for the United Irishmen's newspaper in 1798 - and was hanged for his efforts. There's a lesson in his story, 200 years on, for Catholic, Protestant and dissenter alike.

McCann: "This man raped and terrorised me and then did the same to my sisters. And yet when I go down home, he's able to jeer at me

1998-05-13 00:00:00


I've known Mary Murphy (not her real name) for about two years now. I think by this stage we are good friends. She's 24 and lives with her husband and four children on one of Dublin's biggest housing estates.

McCann: Are The Pro-Lifers Anti-God?

1998-04-15 00:00:00


I see that the "pro-lifers" are issuing death threats. Not that they condone violence. But "it is inevitable, given the nature of abortion".

McCann: WHAT PONTIUS PIUS REALLY KNEW

1998-04-15 00:00:00


There was an item on the RTE Nine O'Clock News a couple of weeks back about the Vatican's sort-of apology for the failure of Pope Pius XII forthrightly to condemn the crimes of the Nazis. The programme which followed was the second part of John Bowman's documentary on the life and times of the late Archbishop of Dublin, John Charles McQuaid.

Interview: Down All The Days

1988-03-24 00:00:00


Philip Chevron's career has been nothing if not varied. From the early days with the Radiators through his collaborations with people like Agnes Bernelle and right up to his current work with The Pogues, he has proved himself to be a consistently fine songwriter and performer. In the first part of a lengthy and intense interview, he talks to Eamonn McCann about his childhood, his love of Broadway musicals, the Horslips connection, the genesis of the Radiators and his fleeting career as a journalist.

McCann: Not Seeing The Wood For The Trees

1999-12-22 00:00:00


EAMONN McCANN reports on the battle to save an ancient wood in Co. Donegal.

Live: Ace of Hearts

1997-06-11 00:00:00


MOVING HEARTS in the BAGGOT INN, three nights a week - EAMON MC CANN recalls the greatest residency ever.

Interview: Celtic Soul Brotherhood

1988-01-14 00:00:00


Eamonn McCann accompanies The Pogues across the sea to Scotland s centre of Irishness, Glasgow, and enters a complex world of fiercely divided loyalties, joyous celebration and soccer madness.

Interview: The Bogey Boys

1989-04-06 00:00:00


In all of Ireland s hydra-headed entertainment industry, no other act simultaneously inspires as much love and loathing as The Wolfe Tones, a band who, annually, attract huge support at Siamsa Cois Laoi, while, no less vociferously, their detractors continue to dismiss them as the musical wing of the IRA, and worse. On the occasion of The Wolfe Tones celebrating 25 years together as a group, Eamon McCann went to meet them.

McCann: Sects Maniac

1999-11-24 00:00:00


Not for the first time, the mainstream christian churches are expressing concern about religious cults. EAMON McCANN reckons they have a cheek.

McCann: Rich Man, Poor Man

2001-01-17 00:00:00


Searching in vain for the most explosive book of the century

McCann: A Holy Show

1999-10-27 00:00:00


EAMON McCANN on why BONO and BOB were wrong to kow-tow to THE POPE.

Interview: Hello Com' Men

1999-09-29 00:00:00


EAMONN McCANN on the boardroom shenanigans at Telecom Eireann.

McCann: Losing Their Marbles

2000-12-15 00:00:00


Police forces are dangerously out of touch with the public they serve

Frontlines: Sluts and Hypocrites

1999-09-29 00:00:00


When Fr Friel called Sonia O Sullivan a slut he was simply following the logic of Catholic teaching, writes EAMONN McCANN.

McCann: The WC Is Not Out Of Order

2000-12-07 00:00:00


A contentious political issue may yet unite traditions and borders

McCann: Abuse-Will The Truth Out?

1999-09-15 00:00:00


Despite protestations, the Church s response to child abuse is still characterised by deviousness and concealment, writes EAMONN McCANN.

McCann: MARCH, DONNACHA, MARCH!

1998-04-01 00:00:00


My latest plan for educating the Northern masses in mutual understanding and harmony has had a vice versa effect in some quarters.

McCann: Paul Bearer

1998-04-01 00:00:00


There will be a secret meeting in Belfast next Thursday (April 23rd) to mark the centenary of the birth of Paul Robeson, the prototype for Muhammad Ali.

Frontlines: EVERYTHING MUST GO?

1998-04-01 00:00:00


As the dust settles in the wake of the Stormont Settlement, eamonn Mccann assesses the situation and wonders just how much of their ideology Republicans are in the process of jettisoning.

Frontlines: Death On The Doorstep

1999-09-15 00:00:00


RAYTHEON, the armament-technology firm which manufactured Patriot and Sidewinder missiles, is establishing a plant in Derry and the local politicians couldn t be happier. EAMONN McCANN reports.

McCann: Bury My Heart

2000-11-23 00:00:00


A good education can be expensive a bad one even more so

McCann: The ABUSE EXCUSE

1998-02-04 00:00:00


More than four years ago, Hot Press called for a Tribunal of Inquiry into the Catholic Church s handling of the issue of child-sex abuse by priests. We have regularly repeated the call since. Now it has been taken up in another publication. Maybe we are getting somewhere.

McCann: Tomorrow s World Today

2000-10-26 00:00:00


Hydrogen fuel cells in cars, human brain stem cells grown in dishes and yet it seems they can stll do nothing about Jackie Healy-Rae s hair!

McCann: No Part Of The Union

2000-10-26 00:00:00


Papers released through the Bloody Sunday Inquiry show that, as far back as 1972, even a Tory government in Britain could contemplate the idea of a united Ireland. EAMONN McCANN reports on bad news for the Unionists

McCann: RHYME and TREASON

1998-03-04 00:00:00


The inner life of the alienated Catholic intellectual is something else again. Take the late Monsignor de Brun of Maynooth College, a Limerick man, you might say, who may never have set foot in the place.

McCann: YANKEE DOODLE PADDY

1998-03-04 00:00:00


Well, there s another Paddy s Day gone, and good riddance. What an embarrassment. Even a stroll around town with a hand-spray of weed-killer for squirting on shamrock didn t ease my sense of mortification.

McCann: NEW LABOUR PAINS

1998-03-18 00:00:00


All the lobby correspondents at Westminster seem agreed that Paymaster General Geoffrey Robinson is for the chop. The urbane member for Coventry, they say, is soon to be shifted to a less high-profile position.

McCann: moon over manhattan

1998-03-18 00:00:00


I m surprised that more hasn t been made of the Irish Times picture of Albert Moonie on Fifth Avenue on St. Patrick s Day.

McCann: It Happened To A Bishop

2000-11-09 00:00:00


Far from boring but curiously incomplete that s Dr Edward Daly s autobiography

McCann: Waiting For The Reaper

1999-09-01 00:00:00


EAMONN McCANN looks on, bemused, at media preparatoins for the Queen Mother s death.

McCann: Eirheads

2000-09-28 00:00:00


Our columnist finds it difficult to stifle schadenfreudean mirth at the Eircom debacle

McCann: The Stuart Of Christendom?

1998-01-21 00:00:00


Strange-looking cove, Francis Stuart, the 97-year-old author who broke cover a couple of weeks back to deny he d ever backed the Nazis.

McCann: Legalise it

2000-10-12 00:00:00


There s no reason remaining for a ban on the abortion pill in Ireland.

McCann: Rich Nitpicking

2000-08-31 00:00:00


Or why Ireland s fabulously wealthy aren t in favour of tribunals

McCann: a walk on the WILDE SIDE

1997-10-15 00:00:00


Oh who is that young sinner with the handcuffs on his wrist? And what has he been after that they groan and shake their fists? And wherefore is he wearing such a conscience-stricken air? Oh they re taking him to prison for the colour of his hair.

McCann: 'DUTCHY' HOLLAND AND THE PRESUMPTION OF INNOCENCE

1997-12-10 00:00:00


PATRICK EUGENE 'Dutchy' Holland has never been charged with killing Veronica Guerin - but he seems to be serving time for her murder.

McCann: A Good Year for the Crazies!

1997-12-10 00:00:00


From the nun on the bun to Allah on a training shoe, blessed eamonn mccann says 'Amen' to the unholy year of 1997 with all the news that fits through the eye of a needle.

McCann: A Toxic Bomb

2000-08-17 00:00:00


Why Eminem and the Celebrity Bigots of the US cannot be excused or justified

McCann: All At Sea

1999-07-21 00:00:00


EAMONN McCANN wonders why the Catholic Church is represented at the United Nations.

McCann: Writing Wronged

1999-08-04 00:00:00


EAMONN McCANN pays tribute to controversial playwright JIM ALLEN.

McCann: Ask Not What Mo Mowlam has Done For Northern Ireland But What Northern Ireland has done For Her

1999-08-18 00:00:00


One man went to Mo, and quoted Hot House Flowers. Don t go.

McCann: Take To The Streets

2000-08-31 00:00:00


It s time to take protest to the IMF

McCann: Live Adi!

1997-10-01 00:00:00


Found this in the Guardian, tucked away anonymously, page 29, Sept. 19th: Goodbye Elton John, though we never liked you all that much, You inspired Diana, even though you were hardly butch And it seemed to me you lived your life like a candle in the wind, your hair never knowing what to cling to When the rain set in. And though we would have liked to love you, It would be a great big fib. Your talent burned out long before Your chutzpah ever did.

Main Event: Remembering Billy Brown

1999-07-07 00:00:00


EAMONN McCANN pays tribute to a beautiful writer, musician of genius, lovely man.

McCann: Lies, Damned Lies And Polemic

1999-07-07 00:00:00


Down in Sandino s, just back from the High Court in London where named Bloody Sunday Paras were looking for anonymity, I had my routine off to a T within hours of the Nato liberators going into Kosovo. But the Paras were too quick for me.

McCann: Playing House

1997-10-01 00:00:00


I spent two hours cleaning the cooker this morning. I have not done this before in my life. I wonder how much time other people spend cleaning their cooker. Do you wipe it clean after each time you?ve cooked? Do you do a weekly blitz on all the kitchen, including the cooker? Or do you simply wait for years until something inside you goes ?ping?? Answers on a postcard please.

McCann: Staring Genocide In The Face

1999-05-26 00:00:00


The horror of Rwanda shows how hatred between people can be contrived with murderous results, says EAMONN McCANN.

Frontlines: time Is Running Out For Republicanism

1999-05-26 00:00:00


Between the unattractive alternatives of the Belfast Agreement and a return to war, there has to be a new way forward for the Republican movement. So says former IRA man and respected Republican TOMMY McKEARNEY. Interview: EAMONN McCANN PICS: CATHAL DAWSON

McCann: Padre Pio's Awfully Big Adventure

1999-05-12 00:00:00


Padre Pio is to be declared blessed this Sunday. What fun.

Frontlines: Tony The Tory

1999-02-03 00:00:00


New Labour s Project is an empty and cynical enterprise, says EAMONN McCANN

McCann: Can We Clone God?

1999-02-03 00:00:00


Could we organise the Second Coming for January 1st 2000? Yes. We have the technology, in the fields of embryology, genetic engineering and the application of DNA to the study of miracles.

Frontlines: Someone Shouted Stop

1997-07-23 00:00:00


As Gerry Adams and friends bask in the glory of another public relations triumph, EAMONN McCANN analyses the historical context of the current ceasefire, and assesses the scepticism surrounding the IRA s motives in calling it.

McCann: the writing on the wall

1997-07-23 00:00:00


Jimmy Mulhall is in the Joy for writing on walls while Charlie Haughey roams the streets in broad daylight. The reason is that Jimmy is a decent man who lives in Rutland Cottages in inner-city Dublin while Charlie Haughey is a liar with two luxury homes. This is representative of the way justice works in Ireland.

McCann: church child abuse the next TRIBUNAL

1997-08-06 00:00:00


The powers and remit of proposed cross-border bodies will be one of the knottier problems negotiators will face when the Northern talks resume next month. But I have an idea which might help.

McCann: elvis the truth is out there

1997-09-03 00:00:00


Or: why you should investigate crime writer supreme, Gordon De Marco.

McCann: The Politics Of Opportunism

1999-02-17 00:00:00


The perception of Bill Clinton as an OK guy with weaknesses is far removed from reality, writes EAMONN McCANN.

Frontlines: World Domnation

1999-04-28 00:00:00


The bombing of Serbia is not about the fate of Kosovar Albanians. Rather, the colossal NATO military machine has been unleashed to establish the right of the United States, as the sole remaining superpower, to impose its will on the world. By EAMONN McCANN. Pics Courtesy: The Star

McCann: Balancing The scales

1999-04-28 00:00:00


The last untouched institution of State has finally come under media scrutiny", the Sunday Tribune told us on April 4th, apropos the Philip Sheedy affair.

McCann: The Backlash

1999-04-14 00:00:00


Eamonn McCann on ladism , post-feminism and violence against women

McCann: Going Off The Rails

2000-08-03 00:00:00


Divorced Catholics who remarry are banned from receiving communion. However, it seems The Pope has no real objection to a fling or a one-night stand

McCann: HOBSON'S CHOICE

1997-08-20 00:00:00


With Dana and Albert Reynolds leading the charge, the Presidential race is looking like a non-starter.

Frontlines: A Crying Shame

1997-09-03 00:00:00


Eamon McCann resists the urge to get sentimental about the life and death of Princess Diana

McCann: A Guy Called Gerald

1997-03-05 00:00:00


Eamonn McCann discovers a great lost Irish writer who was also a priest

McCann: A Fantasist Comments . . .

1999-03-03 00:00:00


I suppose I should say I am sorry. It s just that I find their music completely devoid of humour. So says David Baddiel, one of the two least funny men in the world, the other being his partner in cringe, Frank Skinner.

McCann: French Fried

2000-07-20 00:00:00


The illuminating tale of the monsieur who got cheesed off with Big Macs

McCann: Till God Do Us Part

2000-07-06 00:00:00


Christian marriages are more likely to end in divorce than atheist marriages! That's the latest on the family values front.

McCann: BLAIR AND ADAMS: SPOT THE DIFFERENCE

1997-04-30 00:00:00


That s it, then. Or will be by the time most of you read this. Five more years of conservative government. Logical enough that most political journos from across the water that I talk to tell me to expect no change. One man who went to Mo reports back that Mowlam follows the straight Mayhew line: her security advisers will be the arbiters of any new ceasefire.

McCann: Animal Lightweight

1997-04-16 00:00:00


Rosa Luxemburg once wrote that anyone who steps needlessly on a worm on the road to revolution has committed a crime. But even she might be dismayed by how daft the British media sometimes go about animals.

McCann: Is Bill Clinton A Rapist?

1999-03-31 00:00:00


It is a measure of how far Bill Clinton has dragged the US down that so much of the media remained paralysed for months over the Juanita Broaddrick story.

McCann: Abortion And The North

1999-03-17 00:00:00


It s easy to assume that attitudes in the North never change, but the pro-lifers don t think so, and they re right.

McCann: Tell The Truth And Don t Shame The Devil

1997-03-19 00:00:00


GIVE the devil his due , we say. But we don t. A county Carlow priest has spoken of his fears that local teenagers are practising devil worship . Fr Edward Dowling (PP, retired) last month told church-goers in Bagenalstown to be permanently vigilant for signs of involvement in the occult by local youngsters.

McCann: Black Sabbath

1997-01-22 00:00:00


25 YEARS ago this month, on January 30th, 1972, Bloody Sunday, British soldiers stormed up the street where I was born and shot 13 people dead. I watched some of it happen.

McCann: We re so sorry UNCLE ALBERT

1997-01-08 00:00:00


THINGS TO look forward to in 1997 . . . number one, the re-run of the Albert Reynolds versus Sunday Times libel trial.

McCann: Mother teresa: to expire or not to expire

1997-01-08 00:00:00


Another thing to anticipate in 97 is Mother Teresa dying. I can t see her making it through another year.

McCann: Church And State: Brothers In Arms

1996-12-02 00:00:00


ANY notion that the days were over when Irish politicians were hand-in-glove with the Catholic Church should have been dispelled a few weeks back when the education minister, Niamh Breathnach, led an eleven-strong parliamentary delegation to Rome for the beatification of Edmund Ignatius Rice, the founder of the Christian Brothers. Perhaps we hadn t realised just how deeply the hand is, again, snuggled into the glove.

McCann: San Francisco Dreaming?

2000-03-02 00:00:00


EAMONN McCANN journeys to America s west coast and encounters the same GLOBAL issues of bigotry and prejudice. To compensate, though, he also savours the pleasures, musical, cultural and alcoholic, of San Fran.

McCann: No Laughing Matter

1997-02-19 00:00:00


Did you know that seven out of ten people don t believe in surveys? Very sensible of them, too.

McCann: HARRY S gAME

1997-06-25 00:00:00


Among new TDs converging on Dublin this week is Harry Blaney, the seventysomething Finn Harps fan who won a seat in Donegal North East.

McCann: Crime Lines

2000-06-22 00:00:00


Why crime correspondents need a well-developed scepticism towards State institutions and the police in particular

McCann: Crime Lines

2000-06-22 00:00:00


Why crime correspondents need a well-developed scepticism towards State institutions and the police in particular

McCann: Murderers In The Military

1999-03-03 00:00:00


EAMONN McCANN looks on perplexed as Catholic fundamentalists criticse the hierarchy for deviating from the views of The Holy Father .

McCann: Orange Disorder

1997-07-09 00:00:00


EAMONN McCANN surveys the wreckage of DRUMCREE III, and points the finger of blame firmly at Orange intransigence.

McCann: Bashing The Bishops

1999-03-03 00:00:00


EAMONN McCANN looks on perplexed as Catholic fundamentalists criticse the hierarchy for deviating from the views of The Holy Father .

McCann: Guns, Injustice And The Police

2000-06-08 00:00:00


The recent record of British police shows that the issue of extra-judicial killings isn t confined to the north

McCann: ON THE MARCH

2000-05-25 00:00:00


Thousands of anti-racism protesters take to the streets of Dublin

McCann: One Law For The Rich

2000-04-27 00:00:00


EAMONN McCANN on the lessons he learned from the comeback of Paddy Gallagher

McCann: LIFE AFTER DEBT

2000-05-11 00:00:00


EAMONN McCANN reckons Bono could learn a few lessons from Chumbawumba and Rage Against The Machine

McCann: Pros And Cons

2000-04-13 00:00:00


EAMONN McCANN has all the latest news from the wild and wacky worlds of sex, prostitution, death cults and wildest and wackiest by far mainstream religion.

McCann: LAW AND ORDURE

2000-03-02 00:00:00


Considerable as the controvery has been over the decision of Judge Kevin Haugh to send questionnaires to the 1,100 potential jurors in Charles Haughey case, one significant factor has been missed.

McCann: What A Difference A Jay Made

2000-03-02 00:00:00


I haven t a clue where I was when John F. Kennedy died, but I remember hearing Screamin Jay Hawkins for the first time.

McCann: Finding The Smoking Gun

2000-03-16 00:00:00


EAMONN McCANN reports that the journalist/broadcaster MICHAEL MOORE has the real story about America s latest gun horror.

McCann: There Is No God

2000-03-30 00:00:00


Replacing religion with atheism would improve society. A modest proposal by EAMONN McCANN.

McCann: Kow-Towing To Clinton

2000-03-30 00:00:00


EAMONN McCANN casts a critical eye over the record of the US president, and the claims made on behalf of the man who wants to succeed him.

McCann: CAUGHT OUT IN THE NET

2000-02-17 00:00:00


Eamonn mccann reckons it s more a case of dot.con than dot.com

McCann: AIDS And The Priesthood

2000-02-17 00:00:00


Eamonn McCann on an American survey which suggests the rate of AIDS deaths among US priests is four times greater than among the average population.

McCann: Dalai Drama

2000-01-20 00:00:00


McCann: The Past Is Another Country?

2000-01-20 00:00:00


RUAIRI QUINN's can snipe at Sinn Fein's "conservatism", but to do so he must be forgetting his own party's record, writes EAMONN McCANN.

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