Willie O’Reilly: We must keep our eye on despotic enemies to the east

The hijacking of a Ryanair flight by Belarusian state operatives and the hacking of the HSE show us that Ireland is regarded as fair game by forces at work in former Soviet republics

28th May, 2021
Willie O’Reilly: We must keep our eye on despotic enemies to the east
Belarus president Aleksandr Lukashenko’s grounding of a Ryanair plane in Minsk reveals how little regard he has for a questioning media. Picture: Andrei Stasevich/BelTA/TASS

Smarter people than me will estimate the impact of Donald Trump’s US presidency on world affairs. But from the perspective of someone working in the media, his most appalling legacy is the way he lied and lied again, and got away with it. He was never repentant, even when found out.

His only aim was to galvanise support among his own voters and work them up into paroxysms of vitriol against anyone who...

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