Author Archive | Mick Fealty

Imeachtaí shoisialta atá de dhíth anois

Gearóid Ó Cairealláin, fear a bhfuil ina entrepreneur soisialtach is oirirc i dTuasceart Eireann, le deich beartaithe bunasach don fhostaíocht an teanga ina measc saol na gnathdaoine.

Political cabaret in Dublin…

This Friday I’ll be chairing another of the Leviathan debates. This time between Eamon McCann and Steven King of the UUP at the Famous Spiegeltent, as part of the ESB Dublin Fringe Festival. It’s part of a political cabaret hosted by economist, broadcaster and journalist, David McWilliams Top British political commentator and stand up Mark more…

Different songs, same technique…

For more than twenty years Ruth Dudley Edwards has been a keen watcher of the Northern Irish political pot and has even stirred it a few times herself. Whatever her political dislike of the two main parties of the moment, she believes they have been hard working and diligent in developing their craft in democratic more…

Accountability’s the thing…

So aside from the now highly ritualised game of political chicken between Republicans and Unionists over decommissioning, it appears that ministerial accountablity is the main stumbling block after several days of hermetically sealed talks in Kent.In fact, accountablity comes in at number two in the party’s seven tests, and above the one about only having more…

Writing next Tuesday’s headlines?

Whilst we’re all sitting around twiddling thumbs, I thought it might be fascinating to see what readers (and other bloggers) imagined what the headline reports will be next week when the final outcome of the Leeds Castle talks is finally revealed. No prizes, but endless glory if your most improbable scenario wins! Enjoy!!

DUP reidh chun cumhacht a roinnt?

“Má chuireann an IRA deireadh leo féin go críochnúil, beimid in ann gnó a dhéanamh”. Bá seo an caint on Fheisire Jeffrey Donaldson in agallamh le Lá areir.

Adams could destablise the DUP?

This fascinating op-ed in the Belfast Telegraph sees most of the negotiating cards stacked with Gerry Adams. It argues that his internal position within the party and the wider movement is unassailable.It further suggests the DUP has mismanaged its constituency’s expectations of a deal, that Adams might look in that area for further advantage over more…

Adams: a deal is inevitable

On his way into Leeds Castle this morning, Gerry Adams has told reporters that a deal is inevitable between his party and the DUP. Although clearly he was not committing to a timeline for such an accord it would, he suggested, take shape within the confines of the Belfast Agreement.

Morgan retires at 37

Martin Morgan, the SDLP’s candidate in the recent European elections and former Lord Mayor is to retire from active politics when the local elections are held in Belfast next May. It will undoubtedly be a blow for a party that in recent years has consciously tried to build the profile of its younger members.

Irish interests best served in English?

Having lost (albeit temporarily) our archives, I’m not sure if I have already posted this spirited argument against the campaign to have Irish recognised as an official language in the EU.

Negotiations: the cost of further inaction

Gary Kent looks at a number of related issues in the run up to negotiations at Leeds Castle. He warns that the inability of the main political parties to come to an agreement has already had major cumulative and detrimental effects, and that these only stand to increase in the face further and prolonged inaction.By more…

Join the Tories online…

The British Conservative Party has just speculated £250,000 on a new database that they hope will net them new members via the web. It’s particularly noteworthy for them as until now (not unlike the UUP) party membership has been regulated through local associations, rather than through a central office.

Blogs: the modern moveable type…

The Belfast Telegraph has the story of the demise of one Dan Rather, whose long career in the media may have ended at the hands of a powerful network of blogs. Tony Blankley welcomes the outcome and weighs the benefits and drawbacks of this particular blog revolution. According to Andrew Sullivan, the US election is more…

Peace process: critical questions

Eric Waugh is in top form this evening. A long term critic of the practical working of the Belfast Agreement, he outlines what the opening gambit of unionist negotiators should be:- The first principle is that more of the same will not do. – Not a scintilla of a goody should be bestowed on tick. more…

Money’s too tight to mention….

We’ve had a rough summer of it, but it seems that things are getting back to normal on Slugger. What I think it has highlighted is the difficulty of keeping up a site that at least aspires towards professional values on a zero budget.The move from the UK to the US server means that the more…

Sinn Féin asks British to cease spy operations

Sinn Fein has called for the British government to call off surveillance operations after a bug was founding in a meeting room in Connelly House. Gerry Adams has asked for a line to be drawn under the conduct of all future such operations.