Sunday Independent (Ireland) - - COMMENT -

His­tory is the study of the fu­ture. Al­most ev­ery­thing has hap­pened be­fore. Let his­tory be our guide but let us never be its pris­oner. Taoiseach Leo Varad­kar ad­dresses his de­ci­sion to wear the sham­rock poppy, which is dis­trib­uted by the Irish branch of the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion.

It’s off. The trip to North Korea, it is not gov­ern­ment pol­icy and we are not do­ing any­thing which is in breach of gov­ern­ment pol­icy. This arose when we were in op­po­si­tion many years ago, John, Finian and I spoke reg­u­larly about mak­ing trips abroad and do­ing things which were con­struc­tive, it was just an idea. Trans­port Min­is­ter Shane Ross con­firms that he and two other mem­bers of the In­de­pen­dent Al­liance will not travel to North Korea for a pro­posed peace trip.

We need to throw out the ‘just war’ the­ory, a phony piece of moral­ity. In­stead, we can de­velop a new the­ol­ogy of peace and non-vi­o­lence and ar­tic­u­late a clear, un­am­bigu­ous re­jec­tion of vi­o­lence. Re­li­gion can­not be used to jus­tify war or armed strug­gle. No­bel Peace lau­re­ate Mairead Maguire.

This may sound stupid, but I don’t find it at all dif­fi­cult to not be hand­some. Ac­tor Robert Pat­tin­son.

To do these dances, you have to warm up, you can’t just go and do them. When you’re older it takes a bit longer. There is a process of stretches and warm-ups — it usu­ally takes about an hour to get my body to where I need it. You don’t have time to do it prop­erly on Satur­days, so I am much colder when I do the dance for that show than any other time. Deb­bie McGee (59), a con­tes­tant on Strictly Come Danc­ing.

I want you to lis­ten closely be­cause I’ve thought very care­fully about how I would de­scribe it — in a word, yuk! Lady An­to­nia Fraser’s opin­ion of the BBC Guy Fawkes drama Gun­pow­der.

I had five houses, two boats, three cars and I got rid of the lot. You only need one house to sleep in. Tony Adams, for­mer Arse­nal cap­tain.

One can­not be half in and half out of the sin­gle market. One can­not end the free move­ment of peo­ple while hold­ing on to the free move­ment of goods, ser­vices and cap­i­tal. There is no rea­son — none, I say — why the sin­gle market should be weak­ened by the de­par­ture of a mem­ber state. Michel Barnier, the EU chief ne­go­tia­tor in the Brexit talks.

We just need to stay mad. TV pro­ducer Amy Sher­manPal­ladino, say­ing that women must keep up the fight for equal­ity.

I’m not in­ter­ested in catch­ing peo­ple out on sta­tis­tics or lay­ing them low with past quo­ta­tions. I want to hear from peo­ple of ideas and an­swers, with some­thing pos­i­tive to con­trib­ute. Scot­land’s for­mer first min­is­ter Alex Sal­mond, who is to host a chat show on RT, the state-owned Rus­sian broad­caster.

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