Engaging the Politics of Conflict in Sri Lanka: Padraig Michael Colman

Michael Roberts

Padraig Michael Colman is an experienced journalist and writer who pursued his trade in England and Europe before moving to Sri Lanka with his vivacious Sri Lankan wife Tiny and a coterie of dogs. They settled down awhile in Uva district; but have moved to the outskirts of Colombo in more recent times…. and have since moved back to Great Britain.








Padraig has his own sparkling website – with its distinctive logo.

However he has also entered the pages of Sri Lankan newspapers and some of Sri Lanka’s leading web columns. He was one of the team assembled by Godfrey Gunatilleka and the Marga Institute to work up a report on the last stages of Eelam War IV for submission to the international cabals seeking Sri Lanka’s ‘flesh’ because the island government had defied its interventions in support of the LTTE during the last stages of the war in 2008/09 (with the rushed visit of David Cameron and Miliband** in late April 2009 being just one mark of this ridiculous Western programme).

I cannot recall when precisely I learnt of his work and got in email touch with him; but it may have emerged from his work with Marga and the occasion when I participated as a speaker at a seminar conducted within its portals.

Be that as it may, I have deployed his work in Thuppahi on several occasions. This item endeavours to bring his engagements with the Sri Lankan world to the attention of a wider audience. …. And to wish Padraig Michael Leary and Tiny every good thing they seek in the coming years.

SOME PADRAIG ITEMS …  in reverse chrnological order




Padraig Colman 2014 “Pros and Cons of R2P,” 2 May 2014, https://pcolman.wordpress.com/2014/05/02/pros-and-cons-of-r2p/13 June 2013, http://www.transconflict.com/2013/06/the-numbers-game-and-reconciliation-in-sri-lanka-136/

Padraig Colman 2013 “The Numbers Game and Reconciliation in Sri Lanka,” 13 June 2013, http://www.transconflict.com/2013/06/the-numbers-game-and-reconciliation-in-sri-lanka-136/

C4 as FAKE

Padraig Colman 2013 “Deadly Accountancy. Part II,” http://pcolman.wordpress.com/2013/05/07/deadly-accountancy-part-2/.

Padraig Colman 2012 https://thuppahis.com/2012/05/15/worlds-recent-hot-spots-and-padraig-colmans-reconciliation-series/https://thuppahis.com/2011/08/14/diversity-equality-naming/

Padraig Colman 2011 “Channel 4 News and Sri Lankan War Crimes,” 12 August 2011, https://pcolman.wordpress.com/2011/08/12/channel-4-news-and-sri-lankan-war-crimes/

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