Open sunday – politics free zone…
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by Brian O'Neill
8h ago
In addition to our normal open Sunday, we have a politics-free post to give you all a break. So discuss what you like here, but no politics ..read more
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Open Sunday – discuss what you like…
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by Brian O'Neill
8h ago
The idea for Open Sunday is to let you discuss what you like. Just two rules. Keep it civil and no man/woman playing ..read more
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Will Jim Allister stand in Lagan Valley?
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by Michael Hehir
1d ago
I want to examine the TUV’s current strategy which could have a significant impact on the direction of political unionism. There are two alternative strategies available to them. With one, Jim Allister taking to the hustings in Lisburn could well be essential to its success. With the other, were he to stick to Ballymena it would almost certainly fail. I start from the assumption that the TUV objective is to turn the greatest part of political unionism against what Allister calls the “Donaldson deal”. Destroy to Rebuild I call the first alternative ‘Destroy to Rebuild’. This is the approach tha ..read more
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The 48 children who never came home…
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by Brian O'Neill
2d ago
From the BBC: A number of relatives of 48 people who died in a Dublin nightclub fire in 1981 have called for a government apology after a jury found they had been unlawfully killed. The jury in the inquests delivered their verdict after 11 days of deliberation. It was met by cheers and applause from relatives in court. About 800 people had been attending a Valentine’s Day disco when the fire started. Jurors also found it began in the hot press of the main bar and was caused by an electrical fault. The original inquest, in 1981, ruled the fire started because of arson, a theory which was never ..read more
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Israeli attacks Iran…
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by Brian O'Neill
2d ago
This morning Israeli attacked Iran with a missile strike. Is this a face-saving exercise after the Iranian missile strikes on Israel or a precursor to a wider war in the Middle East? Israel has hit Iran with a missile, US officials say, but the extent of the attack is not yet clear Follow live updates and analysis https://t.co/Ym5n7vExJA — BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) April 19, 2024 ..read more
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Hundreds of mattresses dumped on bonfire site…
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by Slugger Team
3d ago
From Connla Young in today’s Irish News: Hundreds of mattresses have been brought to the site of a controversial Eleventh Night bonfire in Co Antrim. It is understood the mattresses, which when set alight can give off toxic fumes and smoke, were delivered to the Craigyhill area of Larne in recent days. In previous years, serious concerns have been raised about the safety of the bonfire, which is near where 36-year-old John Steele fell to his death while helping to build a bonfire in the Antiville area in 2022. Posts on social media suggests that up to 1,600 mattresses and a trailer load of pa ..read more
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Banning of the National Conservatism Conference in Brussels…
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by Hugh Doyle
4d ago
A prominent news story today in both the British and European press has been that of the banning of the National Conservatism Conference by Brussels municipality of Saint-Josse-ten-Noode Mayor Emir Kir stating: I issued an order from the mayor to ban the National Conservatism Conference event to guarantee public safety. In Etterbeek, Brussels City and Saint-Josse, the far right is not welcome: Among the speakers due to talk were Nigel Farage, Suella Braverman, Viktor Orban, Eric Zemmour and Mateusz Morawiecki. The event had been cancelled at two previous venues before being hosted by the Orb ..read more
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Jarlath Kearney – two states, one system. A novel idea worth considering?
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by Andy Pollak
4d ago
Regular readers of this blog will know that I like new ideas which go beyond the binary unionist-nationalist straitjacket which has dominated (and constrained) debate about the future of this island for most of the past hundred years. Thus over the past few years I have published the heterodox ideas of people like political scientist Padraig O’Malley, reconciliation activist Duncan Morrow, social researcher Paul Nolan, socialist writer Daniel Finn, Derry Protestant community worker Brian Dougherty, and Newry business and community leader Conor Patterson. I dislike the crude majoritarian thinki ..read more
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Containment
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by Dan McGinn
6d ago
Here we go. Series Two of ‘Blue Lights’ has landed and after an electrifying debut last year, the boulder has rolled back down the hill. Twelve months ago, Adam Patterson and Declan Lawn delivered not just the best Belfast TV drama to hit our screens but a cop show that could compete with the very best. Expectations for this series have subsequently rocketed and understandably so – especially now that the BBC has guaranteed a third and fourth series. Let’s take a beat, though and focus on this one. After the success of Series One, Lawn and Patterson have a big task ahead of them. Delivering a ..read more
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Open sunday – politics free zone…
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by Brian O'Neill
1w ago
In addition to our normal open Sunday, we have a politics-free post to give you all a break. So discuss what you like here, but no politics ..read more
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