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  1. Comment on Where does ‘Guns and Government’ leave victims of the Peace Process’s ‘self regulation’?
    on 9 April 2014 at 11:51 pm

    The spotlight programme and Logan, has certainly blown a big hole in lies told by the IRA in this Guardian article published back 15 years ago. For someone who was never in the IRA Gerry Adams has a lot to say on behalf of the RA.

    IRA denies sanctioning US gun plot
    http://www.theguardian.com/uk/1999/aug/07/northernireland.jamiewilson

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  2. Comment on Where does ‘Guns and Government’ leave victims of the Peace Process’s ‘self regulation’?
    on 9 April 2014 at 9:46 pm

    One of the best spotlights I have seen. One wonders if the PSNI knew much about this as they were only formed in 2001.
    The first investigation was probably by the RUC and as they were being disbanded probably left it all to the US side.

    Provisional IRA gunrunning from Florida to be re-investigated by PSNI

    http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/northern-ireland/provisional-ira-gunrunning-from-florida-to-be-reinvestigated-by-psni-30172148.html

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  3. Comment on The 11 new district councils – projecting the 2011 votes
    on 7 April 2014 at 6:39 am

    Nicholas Whyte, many thanks for this post. The info is extremely useful coming up to the election in May 2014.

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  4. Comment on Court dismisses case because there were too few present who were likely to be offended?
    on 6 April 2014 at 9:12 am

    “The famine is over, why don’t you go home”

    Going back in time is more like it to try the type of spuds they eat in Ireland before the famine, so I bought a packet of “Lumper potatoes” recently in M&S. Boy they made lovely chips. Hope this farmer whether he is “Orange or Green” keeps growing them.

    “Antrim farmer revives Irish famine potato”

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-21651907

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  5. Comment on Peter Robinson on NI’s amended welfare reform package
    on 4 April 2014 at 5:15 pm

    Anyone knowwhat percentage of the population in NI who is not receiving some form of welfare, including housing and child benefit?

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  6. Comment on UPDATE- Jamie Bryson-A rebel without a hope?
    on 29 March 2014 at 9:02 am

    Plural Voting was not anti Catholic because the majority of business people happened to be Protestant in Derry. It was the opposite in Newry were the majority of business people happened to be Catholic who were also intitled to plural voting. What happened in Derry City was the Gerrymandering of local council electoral boundaries by Stormont to keep the majority Catholics in one area and give Protestants two areas and therefore twice as many Unionist councillors compared to Nationalist councillors could be voted in at election time.

    Northern Ireland: “Before the Electoral Act of 1968-9, local government elections in Northern Ireland allowed owners of businesses to cast more than one vote.”

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  7. Comment on Gerry Adams makes himself available to the PSNI for questioning…
    on 25 March 2014 at 9:14 am

    “A former IRA prisoner has launched a withering attack on Gerry Adams after the Sinn Fein president derided the Boston College interviews with Troubles-era paramilitaries as “bogus, shoddy and self-serving”.

    http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/northern-ireland/gerry-adams-ill-talk-to-police-sinn-fein-chief-in-pledge-to-cooperate-over-jean-mcconville-case-30121830.html

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  8. Comment on Gerry Adams makes himself available to the PSNI for questioning…
    on 25 March 2014 at 12:23 am

    “Gerry is far too valuable. Let’s not rock the boat, eh?”

    Exactly TCG, Gerry & other well known ex RA members who hold political positions in SF are safe as houses as long as they keep supporting the peace process. Most UUP & DUP politicians know this. Its all a media game the journalists are playing hoping Gerry (who is a past master of sitting tight) might crack or react just like he has done over this article:

    http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/sunday-life/news/gerry-adams-youre-next-jean-mcconvilles-daughter-tells-sinn-fein-president-hell-follow-ira-veteran-ivor-bell-to-dock-30118353.html

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  9. Comment on Anna Lo, and the Myth that Northern Ireland Politics is about the Border
    on 24 March 2014 at 12:15 pm

    I doubt if many other AP councillors on Castlereagh Council including Naiomi Long’s husband will be singing Anna’s praises. Just read what Geraldine Rice has to say.

    “Anna Lo comments: Geraldine Rice ‘shocked’ by united Ireland remarks” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-26704950

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  10. Comment on Alliance Party urges society to step forward … while it deals with past week’s comments by Anna Lo #AP2014
    on 23 March 2014 at 12:56 pm

    Anna Lo & David Ford were not born or had their pre university education in Northern Ireland. It is obvious neither of these people have any strong patriotic or nationalist ( British or Irish) feelings in their bones. Their political party formed in 1970 was created because of these strong divisions between both Unionists and Republicans. Does David or Anna believe there would be room for an alliance party in a United Ireland?

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  11. Comment on Ukraine: impotent activism and the limits of US power
    on 16 March 2014 at 9:50 pm

    ” I would just observe that it is difficult to see how one could coherently uphold Northern Ireland’s right of self-determination (which I do, while being open-minded on how that right is to be exercised) and deny Crimea’s.”

    Interesting Joe, I could understand this had UK given NI away to the ROI in 1954 on condition the Royal Navy could keep a naval base open (say in Derry). Then at present decide to take NI back into the UK by their right of NI’s population’s self-determination. Crimea and NI are two very different situations.

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  12. Comment on Ukraine: impotent activism and the limits of US power
    on 16 March 2014 at 1:20 pm

    Had Ukraine joined NATO in 2010 when asked then all NATO countries would have been under obligation to defend Crimea being invaded by Russian soldiers. In fact Putin may have thought twice about giving such orders to his military power had Ukraine been a member of NATO at present.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ukraine–NATO_relations

    Regards the toothless tiger of the UN security council, this is now twice, first Syria and now Crimea has shown this council up to be as useless as the NI Assembly in sorting out this matter.

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  13. Comment on Downey waited four years before #ShinnersList became activated…
    on 14 March 2014 at 9:51 am

    Surely these pardons from the Queen were amnesties?

    “Escaped IRA terrorists handed Royal pardons as part of peace deal”

    “The amnesties were part of the same deal between Tony Blair’s Government and Sinn Fein that saw up to 200 other suspected IRA terrorists given “comfort letters”, effectively protecting them from prosecution.”

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/terrorism-in-the-uk/10666040/Escaped-IRA-terrorists-handed-Royal-pardons-as-part-of-peace-deal.html

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  14. Comment on NI Tories lend their weight as Labour NI accuse Ed Miliband of “undemocratic, 1950s, colonial governor mindset”
    on 8 March 2014 at 10:19 pm

    Milliband and the labour party are outright hypocrites. They support the SDLP 100% who want to break away from the UK and form a Nationalist United Ireland yet are 100% against the SNP who want to break away from the UK and form a Nationalist United Scotland.

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  15. Comment on A parent’s love of language: “you have to take your inspiration from where you find it…”
    on 2 March 2014 at 5:10 pm

    Two women from the west of Ireland were sitting on a Dublin bus talking away loudly in Irish. Sitting behind them was an elderly Dublin woman. She leaned over between the two women and said ” If you want to talk away in that foreign language you should go back to your own country”.

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  16. Comment on More than ever, the “crisis” shows the need to face up honestly to the end of Troubles prosecutions
    on 27 February 2014 at 2:24 pm

    What is the difference between an amnesty and a pardon by royal prerogative?

    http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/northern-ireland/stormont-crisis-spotlight-falls-on-pardons-granted-by-queen-to-ira-men-30046304.html

    Whatever, one far out view could be that HM Government & SF decided (in secret) to send (get out of jail free) letters to OTR 187 pre 1998 ex IRA terrorists to prevent them joining dissident republicans and sharing their knowledge about planting bombs etc etc:

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  17. Comment on Sochi Olympic success
    on 24 February 2014 at 9:26 am

    I lost all interest in winter olympics after Eddie the Eagle came last in the 1988 winter olympics.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eddie_%22The_Eagle%22_Edwards

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