What the ‘Battle for Number 10′ Tells Us

Last night’s ‘Battle for Number 10′ TV event wasn’t a debate. Channel 4 and Sky News were at pains to tell us that in advance. It was a Q&A apparently – with some of the Qs delivered by Jeremy Paxman (in typical curmudgeon fashion) and others under-arm bowled by members of the public. Oh and more…

The Annual Tweet Up is Back! Tonight

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  Do you remember Slugger and NICVA held separate tweet ups last year? Well….we have decided to bring them together this year for one big social media fest that you will not want to miss. The day will begin at 2pm with some great workshops on social media looking at issues surrounding going viral and more…

Will Ashers Make Me A Cake…? A Sinful Post

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A thought experiment…   I woke up yesterday with a bit of a hangover, I had a lot to drink the night before and was fairly drunk (SIN), I was at a friends partying (SIN) for their birthday. We played a drinking game, you might have heard of it, truth or dare? I was asked more…

After almost 70 years, the murder of Patricia Curran casts a long shadow

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Magna est veritias et prevailabit (Great is Truth and it will prevail) —Cicero (?) (Photo: Belfast Telegraph, Patricia Curran at centre) In the early hours of 12 November 1952 the body of Patricia Curran, the daughter of a judge, was ‘discovered’ by her brother, Desmond, just off the driveway to the family home at The more…

Ireland – a world innovator in deliberative democracy?

In December 2012 with the creation of the Convention on the Constitution, Ireland became a world innovator in deliberative democracy. Like similar international deliberative forums on constitutional reform (British Columbia, Ontario and the Netherlands) the Convention included randomly selected citizens. However unlike them it also included politicians from both parts of the island. Meeting over more…

Dave Duggan’s DENIZEN – a dissident republican addresses the court – drama performed in an actual courtroom

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The word ‘denizen’ conjures up the notion of a citizen, yet perhaps one with fewer rights or living somewhere that isn’t home. It’s also the title of Dave Duggan’s new play, a courtroom drama written in verse which opens in the north west this weekend and will be performed in two courthouses. Interviewed last week, more…

Let’s collect what we know, and identify what we don’t know about prejudice and how it challenges peaceful relations in our communities.

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Ahead of the Towards a Better Future conference which kicks off in Belfast on Thursday we have a guest post by Professor Mike Hardy, Director, Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University, who writes for us on the topic We do not seem to be very successful at living together in our more…

The Captain of the Men of Death

Yet the captain of all these men of death that came against him to take him away, was the consumption, for it was that that brought him down to the grave. —John Bunyan Today, 24 March is World Tuberculosis Day (and here) and the anniversary of the day in 1882 when Robert Koch announced his more…

Today’s Front Pages – Tuesday

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              Still not decided on this feature. It will necessarily be a little out of time this week since Mick is out and about without a computer to his name in Belfast and Dublin. But We’ll consider its value by the end of the week. If we do decide go with more…

Paisley: hundreds of millions…that would ease burdens in Northern Ireland (updated with Donaldson’s comments on Daily Politics)

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This morning’s Independent [not printed in NI, but article available online] carries an interview by David McKittrick with Ian Paisley Jnr on its front page. The DUP’s shopping list has got longer … On the fifth day of electioneering the DUP said to me: stronger controls on immigration and border security, no more bedroom tax, more…