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Success Follows Hard Work and Then Some for Tom 'Red' Martin, BC Hockey Legend

By Greg O'Brien, special to the BIR, January 2, 2010

Tom Martin took to ice as a young boy as cod take to the sea. It was his lifeblood. In high school, he used to run to his Cambridge home backwards from Harvard Square, practicing the art of a pivot so he could perform the difficult maneuver without hesitation on ice. Read more

A Conversation in the Oval Office

By irishadmin, December 5, 2009

Senator John McCain and President Barack Obama are meeting in the Oval Office. Let's listen in on the conversation: Read more

'Hand' of Fate Ends Ireland's World Cup Hopes FIFA Allows Controversial Goal; French Say 'Non' to a Replay

By Ken Carty, special to the BIR, December 5, 2009

Paris is known for many things - wonderful walks along the Seine, breathtaking views from the Eiffel Tower, and relaxing afternoons in the city's innumerable cafes.

But for Irish soccer fans, none of that matters. Liberté, égalité and fraternité? Forget about it. Read more

Jim Hunt and Community Health Care: Combo That Spells Success - and Promise

By Greg O'Brien, special to the BIR, December 5, 2009

On the lip of a historic and yet contentious vote in the U.S. Senate on a health care reform bill that would extend health benefits to about 31 million uninsured Americans, James W. Hunt Jr., longtime president and CEO of the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers, a cornerstone of the health care reform push, is reminded of a comment from an old friend, the late Sen. Ted Kennedy: "If we didn't have community health centers, we'd have to invent them." Read more

E-mail and Politics: Uneasy Relationship

By Jim O'Sullivan, special to the BIR, December 5, 2009

In broad state government terms, this year so far has been largely about corruption allegations, and their fallout. Such outbursts are often cyclical, play themselves out, and fade away for a while. Read more

Now in charge, DUP's Robinson faces challenges with confidence

By Robert P. Connolly, special to the BIR, December 5, 2009

For decades, Peter Robinson was the man in the background, a key player in the world of hard-line unionism but almost entirely obscured by Ian Paisley's epic shadow. Read more

Terrorist Violence in North Putting Peace Process in Peril

By Joe Leary, special to the BIR, December 5, 2009

While they are striving mightily to attract new business investment to Northern Ireland and are encouraging tourists to visit, authorities, both elected and appointed, seem unable to stop the new terrorists (also called dissidents) and their many acts of violence. Given that, the threat of serious disruption of the peace process, and, therefore, the new government, is very real. Read more

A Pride of Lions from the Bay State

By Neil J. Savage, special to the BIR, November 1, 2009

The recounting of his tenure as a United States senator in the media's compelling coverage of the death of Ted Kennedy and the current successor campaign is more than the story of one man's growth and influence in that body; it is also the latest illustration of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts's unique contribution to the political history of the nation. Read more

Is Conscience a Reliable Guide?

By Anonymous, November 1, 2009

I had the pleasure of hearing Globe columnist and author James Carroll at a BC High lecture recently. The former Paulist priest's latest book is Practicing Catholic in which he explores the history and development of the institutional church and his concerns about the failure of renewal started at the Second Vatican Council. Read more

Irish Economy Still in Bind, but Horizon is Brightening

By Joe Leary, special to the BIR, November 1, 2009

Though the general economy in Ireland is causing severe problems today, two to three years from now we may be looking at a far stronger country than would be the case if the Irish had not gone through these difficult times. Read more

Officials in North Mull Brown's $1.6b 'Final Piece' in Peace Puzzle

By Robert P. Connolly, special to the BIR, November 1, 2009

It could be, as British Prime Minister Gordon Brown puts it, "the final piece in the jigsaw" puzzle. And, in this case, it is a rather expensive piece, indeed. If it is, however, the piece that makes the whole Northern puzzle knit together, then it will be well worth the cost. Read more

The Globe's Shaughnessy on Being a Lightning Rod: 'I Love My Job, and I'm Not in a Rush to Stop Doing It'

By Greg O'Brien, special to the BIR, October 9, 2009

In a perfect world, one might assume that when he was growing up, the celebrated Boston Globe sports columnist Dan Shaughnessy played catch with his dad every summer day and went to Fenway Park so often that the crease in his pants ran sideways. But Shaughnessy does not live in a perfect world, and never did, in spite of a career and celebrity for which many of us, in a weedy moment, might consider a Faustian pact. Read more

New Irish Consul General Michael Lonergan's Arrival Proved Memorable from Day One

By Peter F. Stevens, special to the BIR, October 1, 2009

Michael Lonergan, Ireland's new Consul General to Boston, began his tenure here in a way none of his predecessors in the post had experienced. In an interview at the Consulate, he sat down with the BIR to talk about his memorable first days on the job, his first impressions of his new post, and his goals in the months to come. Read more

'Yes' Vote on Lisbon Treaty Retains Ireland's Status in European Union

By Joe Leary, special to the BIR, October 1, 2009

Irish citizens faced a critical choice early this month and they bolstered the country's status in the European Union with a resounding vote in favor of accepting the "Lisbon Treaty" amendments to the European Union Charter just 16 months after rejecting the proposition and putting that status in peril. Read more

Right is Wrong

By Anonymous, October 1, 2009

I cannot understand the so-called "Christian Right." They profess to be Christians but their political philosophy strikes me as decidedly non-Christian. Read more