Sinn Féin decommission “Booby Sands” leaflet

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As the BBC Trending report notes As unfortunate typos go it could have hardly been worse. The Republic of Ireland is currently a few days into a general election campaign that is taking place amid the backdrop of the hundredth anniversary of the Easter 1916 rising. In one campaign leaflet, Mary Lou McDonald, the deputy more…

UUP could return to the Executive.

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The UUP launched their alternative vision document today highlighting what they will do differently from the current DUP/Sinn Fein Executive.  However, today Mike Nesbitt gave the clearest indication yet that his party could be returning to the Executive after May’s election. Nesbitt said that the if the next Executive has a progressive programme for government more…

#GE16 Dublin North-West: Final seat a game of Finglas/Ballymun musical chairs…

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Dublin North-West Current TDs Roisin Shortall, Social Democrats (elected as Labour Party) John Lyons TD, Labour Dessie Ellis TD, Sinn Féin Total seats in 2016 General Election: 3 The boundary review added about 11,500 people to this constituency from Drumcondra and areas near the Botanic Gardens that were formerly in Dublin Central.     Main Areas: more…

#GE16: Phony fiscal space arguments and Sinn Fein’s centerist tack towards ‘sound money’ policies

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On Friday the radio decibels were ringing with the idea that somehow Fine Gael, Labour and Fianna Fail were ‘cooking the books’, as Sinn Fein finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty put it. What a coup for the party long dismissed as economic illiterates? The Journal declared Sinn Fein the unequivocal winner after the party showed them what more…

Adams seriously suggests putting jurors into a protection programme…

In the Times of London Irish edition he’s quoted thusly… “States throughout the world protect and value the basic right to a jury trial,” he said. “Juries must of course be protected in carrying out their work and this can be achieved in a number of ways including having an anonymous jury, screening the jury more…

Adams seriously suggests that Jurors could be put into a protection programme…

Interesting outworking of the Slab Murphy controversy. Sinn Fein’s position has been to suggest getting rid of the Republic’s Special Criminal Court (the juryless court which was responsible for convicting Murphy in a civil case). The new techniques which Mary Lou McDonald hinted at over the weekend appear to be putting jurors on what amounts to a more…

Listening to the psychogeography of Belfast

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One of the final events of the Four Corners Festival was a discussion on what was described as the psychogeography of the city of Belfast. A panel of four — with one connected via a video call — ruminated on their walking through the streets, along borders and through them, sharing their perspectives to an more…

Confessions of an Irish Catholic anarchist…

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  With election time on the horizon, the descriptive terms in the title start coming up in conversation more and more frequently. And yes, it is all correct; I’m an Irish citizen, a devout Catholic and a committed anarchist. To the average person, that might seem incongruous- certainly the last two- even absurd. But it more…

Politics for the Next Generation? Pupils’ Visions for Belfast’s Future at the 4 Corners Festival

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Are our young people apolitical or de-politicized? What do young people in Belfast think about the city and its future? These were among the questions raised when ninety sixth form pupils from 25 schools across Belfast gathered Friday at Ulster University to discuss the city’s future and to present their ideas to a ‘panel of listeners.’ more…

Voters have the opportunity to make history when they elect the 32nd Dáil

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Suzanne Collins is the Director of Campaigns and Operations for the organisation Women for Election.  As candidate selections continue apace for the Assembly elections in May, potential members of the 32nd Dáil are already out of the traps. As TDs hightailed it out of Leinster House on Wednesday morning, RTÉ correspondents caught up with some more…

#GE16 Laois: A week out from close of nominations, this looks like an ‘as you were’…

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Laois Current TDs  (The following were the Laois representatives elected in the Laois – Offaly constituency in 2011): Minister for Foreign Affairs, Charlie Flanagan TD (Fine Gael), Sean Fleming TD (Fianna Fáil) Brian Stanley TD (Sinn Féin) Total seats in 2016 General Election: 3 Main areas: Portlaoise – population 20,145 Portarlington – population 7,788 Mountmellick – more…

Jeffrey Donaldson admits that Loyalist and Republican paramilitaries will never provide full disclosure…

It ought to come as no surprise, but no doubt it will, that Jeffrey Donaldson said rather bluntly on Nolan this morning, chances of full disclosure from the paramilitary organisations responsible for most Troubles related deaths (loyalists, 29.9%, Republican 57.8%) are none. The full burden of disclosure around killings is apparently only aimed at state more…

#GE16 – The Goss

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FF adding candidates, Burtons seat worries, New Party rivalries and the Alan Kelly Rap…its all the Goss from #ge16

Minister’s brother on the miraculous recovery that [almost] no one feels…

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Not a great start to the campaign on what should be their strongest card, the economy. Now the Minister of Agriculture’s brother rather inconveniently adds his tuppenceworth: While hailing the achievements of the Government in turning around the economy, Greencore CEO Patrick Coveney said the “great mystery” of the recovery is that “no-one feels it”. more…

Election 2016 could be the real ‘earthquake’ Irish election

In advance of a QPol symposium on General Election 2016 in Queen’s University on 11th February, Dr Muiris MacCarthaigh, a Lecturer in Politics and Public Administration at Queen’s, reflects on the changing political landscape in Ireland Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s recent announcement confirmed that a general election for the 32nd Dáil will take place in a more…