In fairness, it's difficult to miss the Dublin actress and her French counterpart, who are posing up a storm in the lobby of hip city centre hotel The Alex - but if bemused onlookers are wondering who the pair in their glittery finest could be, they'll be familiar with their faces very soon. That's because Rafferty and Maïga are two of the stars of Taken Down, the new six-part crime drama from the pen of Love/Hate creator Stuart Carolan and bestselling novelist Jo Spain - which means they are set to follow in the footsteps of Nidge, Fran and co by becoming firm favourites with Irish TV-watching audiences. Eagle-eyed viewers will already know Rafferty from her role as Nadine - the long-suffering girlfriend of Aido - in the aforementioned Love/Hate, but she'll take on her biggest part to date when she plays hard-nosed Detective Jen Rooney, who is thrust into a "twilight world of the new Ireland" when she investigates the violent death of a young Nigerian migrant close to a … [Read more...] about Grit & Glamour: Meet the stars of the new RTE detective thriller Taken Down
Criticism of the new deal
John McCain was the military’s biggest booster — and one of its fiercest critics. During his three-decade run in the U.S. Senate, McCain would often urge his colleagues to approve eye-popping increases in defense spending one minute, then admonish the military brass and their civilian bosses for wasting taxpayers’ dollars the next. The Arizona Republican, who died Saturday after a battle with brain cancer, served four years in the House and 31 in the Senate, where he always had a seat on the Armed Services Committee. The former Navy aviator and ex-prisoner of war in Vietnam chaired the committee during his final three years as a senator, the pinnacle of his congressional career following two unsuccessful bids for the presidency. The self-styled “maverick,” known for his hawkish foreign policy views and blunt talk, wielded an outsize influence in national security debates — advocating a muscular military, urging more defense spending and spotlighting … [Read more...] about John McCain: Champion — and critic — of the military
Last call for the Championship flight. Sup your 5am airport pint and climb aboard for another season of in-flight entertainment, no doubt interrupted by a spot of turbulence as we go. Of course, it is the silly season yet again, and there are clear lines of demarcation between what comes out of the club and some of the noises being made by some of the fans.If the first line on their CV isn’t “pestering Sharpey and Alan Nixon on Twitter”, then it certainly should be.The lines of demarcation between on-field and off-field activity are less well-defined, though, and it is hard to provide a clear distinction given the ongoing uncertainty over ownership and funding, as clearly one is impacting the other.The new owners are hardly sending out the message which inspires confidence given the time it has taken to progress the takeover, and the intent so far shows no signs of the proposed incoming billionaires some people were championing.I’m not even sure how I feel about … [Read more...] about The 12th Man: Wigan Athletic fans have their say ahead of the new season!
Amid criticism of the Chequers plan, should we get a second referendum to vote on the deal? Yes – Justine Greening is the Conservative MP for Putney. The Prime Minister’s Brexit deal is a fudge that offers the worst of both worlds. It drags Remainers out of the EU, while not delivering the proper break that Leavers want. We will comply with many EU rules, but have no say in shaping them. Parliament has had over two years to respond to the referendum result – yet still no way forward has emerged. Brexit continues to cross all party lines, divisions are as deep as ever on the issues, and an impasse has now been reached. That simply is the reality. The only solution is to take the final decision away from stalemated politicians and backroom deals. It must be given back to the people. This new referendum shouldn’t be a divisive, binary choice. The public should choose between the Prime Minister’s final negotiated Brexit deal, staying in the EU, or a clean … [Read more...] about Debate: Amid criticism of the Chequers plan, should we get a second referendum to vote on the deal?
WASHINGTON — He’s done it. After years of condemning the Iran nuclear deal, President Donald Trump dealt a perhaps-fatal blow Tuesday to the tattered accord, declaring it “defective at its core” and announcing his intent to withdraw from the 2015 agreement. “This was a horrible one-sided deal that should have never, ever been made,” Trump said. “It didn’t bring calm, it didn’t bring peace, and it never will.” Specifically, the president pledged to re-impose some of the previous U.S. sanctions on Iran, the indispensable step in terminating one of the most contentious arms control agreements in recent history. The controversy is sure to go on, with the deal’s defenders warning that Trump’s decision could lead to the collapse of U.S. relationships in Europe, spiking oil prices, or even war in the Middle East. From the outset, the JCPOA contained the seeds of its own destruction. More likely, after all the noise dies … [Read more...] about Trump pulled out of the Iran deal. What now?