Photo of the day – Mourne Skyline Mountain Race

Mourne Skyline Mountain-Trail Race 2014

Photo by Billy Mol, Taken on October 18, 2014 Last Saturday over 120 runners took part in the gruelling Mourne Skyline Mountain-Trail Race.  The Mourne Skyline Mountain-Trail Race route comprises mainly of forest paths, fire roads and single track grass and granite trail, with approximately one mile on the road.  The course measures 35k and there is approximately more…

Martin criticises Nesbitt and Kenny over talks and role of Irish government

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Interesting report in today’s Irish News about comments from the Fianna Fail leader, Micheal Martin and the UUP leader, Mike Nesbitt. The paper reports comments from Nesbitt last week saying he was provided with assurances that the Irish  government “would respect the principle of the three-stranded approach”. “However, the other two strands involve north-south and east-west more…

Adams on Cahill & how the IRA dealt with these issues in the past

Over on his blog Leargas, Sinn Fein President, Gerry Adams TD has written the following post on the recent Spotlight programme on Mairia Cahill; The recent allegations made by Maíria Cahill are of serious concern to myself and Sinn Féin. While I refute completely Maíria’s allegations against myself and Sinn Féin it does raise the more…

Mairia Cahill: Uncomfortable truths for Sinn Fein

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Tonight we received this EXCLUSIVE STATEMENT from Maíria Cahill: Let us all remind ourselves of what Sinn Fein’s position was when the party spokesperson Pearse Doherty was asked repeatedly outside Leinster house about Micheal Martin’s assertion that the IRA dealt internally with cases of abuse. “Unfounded and untrue, its as clear as I can make more…

Annual Exhibition – Royal Ulster Academy

Annual Exhibition - Royal Ulster Academy

Attending the annual Royal Ulster Academy exhibition can be a very overwhelming experience. There is just so much art. Everywhere. Mixed media, sculpture, photography, painting, video installation. It takes over a pretty decent chunk of the fifth floor in the Ulster Museum and if, like me, you visit at the weekend, it is busy. That more…

Photo of the day – Noodle Bar

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Photo by: Roger Bradley, Taken on October 14, 2014 The history of the Chinese Community in Northern Ireland traces its roots to the early 1960s, when the first Chinese arrived here. Since this period their numbers have evolved progressively. Currently there are around 8000 Chinese resident in Northern Ireland, representing 51% of the total ethnic minority population. more…

Nesbitt:”This is about the Union, this is about putting Unionism first, this is about the good of Northern Ireland.” #UUP2014

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Yesterday as the Ulster Unionist conference wrapped up I sat down with the party leader, Mike Nesbitt to discuss the last election, Unionist unity and the party’s prospects for the upcoming Wesminster election. I began by asking him about the last election, how did he feel about the UUPs moderate improvement from 2011? Well I more…

Cahill brings up matter of recordings of her meetings with Adams…

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Mary Lou McDonald stumbled a little today on RTE’s Saturday with Brian Dowling programme when the host read out a tweet from Mairia Cahill referencing recordings of her meetings with Gerry Adams. There are recordings which exist in relation to those IRA meetings in those flats. @MaryLouMcDonald — Mairia Cahill (@mairiac31) October 18, 2014 She mentioned it more…

#UUP2014 conference review & audio: “We want Fermanagh South Tyrone … we can win the Westminster seat”

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Around 300 people filled the Ramada Hotel venue, marginally younger than previous years, and during the morning extra chairs had to be brought in to add a couple more back rows. It’s clear that the UUP have internally stabilised and while they emphasised their growth in the local government election, it’s not clear yet that more…

More channels for civic voices demanded

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More channels for civic voices demanded #CoffeeClub at Ulster Unionist Party conference by Allan Leonard for Northern Ireland Foundation 18 October 2014  At a sidebar coffee club session, organised by lobby firm Stratagem, I asked a room full of Ulster Unionist Party attendees what was the good, the bad and the ugly lessons from the more…

Photo of the day – Gerry Anderson & Stormtrooper

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Photo by David Reid, Taken on January 14, 2012  The thing about Gerry Anderson was we are not in the least bit surprised to see him in a photo with a Stormtrooper. His show was a surreal world of hypnotic chickens and phantom fake leather jacket salesmen, nothing he done could ever surprise us. Now we have nothing more…

Photo of the day – scarecrow

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Photo by Rodney Harrison, Taken on October 13, 2014 Skainos Square has been populated by a band of scarecrows all created by local people and installed in the Square in anticipation of Harvest Celebrations. The congregation at East Belfast Mission are inviting everyone to join them on Sunday, 19th October from 11am to 1pm to celebrate God’s more…

Cahill demands full disclosure from Mary Lou McDonald and Sinn Fein

If you missed it, it is well worth watching Mairia Cahill on Vincent Browne last night… It’s an extraordinarily well conducted interview by Browne who stays focused the whole way through. Ms Cahill seems to start pretty nervously which provoked a few (mercifully few) Twitter to talk about doubting her story. Other still questioned the timing more…