Slugger O'Toole

Conversation, politics and stray insights

Profile for Mark McGregor

Blogging at: http://heartsofoakandsteel.wordpress.com

Latest posts from Mark McGregor (see all)

Mark McGregor has posted 593 times (0 in the last month).

Adieu, adieu, to yieu and yieu and yieu

Wed 12 October 2011, 8:14pm

Tweet Due to an editorial stance I cannot agree with that may leave readers assuming my integrity is open to question, I no longer feel I can continue as a blogger on this platform. Despite some challenging issues, I have enjoyed the cut and thrust that goes with Slugger. It has been a great outlet […] more »

Gay Mitchell is a Presidential candidate

Tue 4 October 2011, 10:15pm

Tweet http://youtu.be/2eKqUyD5y0U (This may not be him) more »

Undue Influence is a corrupt practice

Sat 1 October 2011, 5:33pm
Old shot of Sam Gardiner's constituency office

Tweet The BBC have a brief report that the Electoral Office is investigating the claim: staff at Sam Gardiner’s office allegedly refused to assist constituents because they had not voted in the Assembly election This seems to relate to use of the Marked Register, a copy of the register from polling stations showing who was […] more »

McGuinness: success is just about losing well?

Wed 28 September 2011, 8:29pm

Tweet Martin McGuinness’ entry into the Presidential race has surely shook things up. However while some of the shriller media commentary has focused on the danger of him winning, it is past time to ask what would really constitute a victory for McGuinness and Sinn Féin. For this discussion we may need to abandon the […] more »

Rev. David Latimer at the Ard Fheis

Fri 9 September 2011, 8:39pm

Tweet For those that missed it you can see Martin McGuiness introduce his friend David Latimer to the Ard Fheis and then his speech from 15mins on: Video streaming by Ustream Mick Adds: more »

SF #ardfheis LiveStreaming and LiveBlog

Fri 9 September 2011, 7:09pm
Sinn_Féin_logo

Tweet RTE Live has better sound quality… more »

Did local media have a role in the Boston College case?

Tue 6 September 2011, 7:35pm

Tweet I’ve previously noted how some local media seems to get a free pass from the PSNI over their sources/stories while others are dealt with more proactively and recently we’ve seen the press collectively oppose attempts to turn them into an evidence gathering arm of the state. The ongoing legal case to access the Boston […] more »

PSNI badly misjudge their harassment?

Fri 26 August 2011, 8:52pm

Tweet It looks increasingly like the PSNI have made a very serious miscalculation during an instance of harassing the family of a non-compliant republican. While it is no surprise they would arrest an ex-prisoner who is the RNU prisons spokesperson, targeting his family could backfire spectacularly. The arrest of lay magistrate Delia Van der Lenden and […] more »

A tale of two cities

Sat 20 August 2011, 6:49pm
connolly

Tweet more »

Brendan Lillis freed – despite David Ford’s ‘best professional advice’

Thu 18 August 2011, 8:52pm

Tweet Brendan Lillis has been released from his detention without charge – despite the Life Sentence Review Commission and Justice Minister, David Ford, claiming his continuing detention was legitimate. more »

Latest comments from Mark McGregor (see all)

Mark McGregor has commented 2,250 times (0 in the last month).

  1. Comment on Great Big Politics Pub Quiz, the result: a lot of cash raised for Red Cross/Red Crescent in Syria
    on 21 November 2012 at 6:04 pm

    DR, didn’t make it but set some questions. Have lost your email so pop me a line and we can meet up. Best Mark.

    Go to comment

  2. Comment on “I think it is somewhat contemptuous.”
    on 17 November 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Hello strangers. A fleeting revisit to this blog to remind you of some points I’ve previously covered but have been conveniently overlooked in this discussion.

    The sole time the European derivation on employment law in education has ever been used in Northern Ireland was when Laurelhill Community College and the SELB successfully raised the legislation to ensure they had no case to answer in a religious discrimination case launched by two catholic members of staff.

    I consider that the tribunal was correct in its view that the appellants’ complaints were excluded by the provisions of article 71. I would answer the question posed in the case stated by declaring that “the tribunal did not have jurisdiction to consider the claims of unlawful discrimination on the grounds of religious belief in view of Article 71 (1) (b) and (1A) of the Fair Employment and Treatment (Northern Ireland) Order 1998” and dismiss the appeal.”

    So for all the bluster about schools in the Catholic sector the sole school to utilise the legislation is a state school gaining approval for it’s right to discriminate against catholic staff.

    Somehow I doubt this is the campaign Mr Dudgeon has in mind but the case law is there for him to peruse along with those assuming this was some grand catholic conspiracy when in fact it is a discrimination only every used against Catholic teachers within the state sector.

    He may also wish to investigate the guaranteed roles within state schools for Protestant clergy via the TRC – something I have reviewed before.

    Sadly I don’t think that fits the game-plan though. And with that I’m off to do something more constructive with my time. Nite nite.

    Go to comment

  3. Comment on Dead tree columnist prejudices public’s perception of bloggers?
    on 8 February 2012 at 11:04 pm

    Alan,

    Hardly credibly to ask people not to speculate when you include the line:

    [Ed - Anyone’s ears burning? Can think of a couple of candidates!]

    The tone was set in the article, it was encouraged by your blog – at least have the nerve to stand over what was inveitable as a result!

    Go to comment

  4. Comment on Dead tree columnist prejudices public’s perception of bloggers?
    on 8 February 2012 at 10:10 pm

    John,

    I’m guessing you like a few others think I’m the swivel-eyed loon blogger?

    I’ve given my own view on Morris’ nonsense, where the Irish News has no influence

    Go to comment

  5. Comment on Thread under temporary review…
    on 21 January 2012 at 10:48 pm

    Unlike the PSNI or Slugger any discussion I have on this won’t be deleted the second it becomes ‘inconvenient’.

    Doesn’t that just stand out- Slugger and the PSNI trying to hide what they faciliatate by deletion.

    Go to comment

  6. Comment on Thread under temporary review…
    on 21 January 2012 at 10:45 pm

    DC,

    Duffy’s case was the Forensic officers did not note a ‘glove tip’ in their SoC report – this only appeared after the initial scene photos were taken.

    Seems an easy question to answer – why didn’t anyone see the glove tip until 9 months after investigasting the crime scene?

    Go to comment

  7. Comment on Thread under temporary review…
    on 21 January 2012 at 9:18 pm

    DC,

    Mick isn’t the only one concerned. Following my blog PSNI Ards deleted the status and comments I questioned from their Facebook timeline – have a look.

    It can still be seen direct via the link on my blog pending the full FB delete.

    Though I did post the main screenshots and saved a copy of the entire thing so it seems a pointless effort at deleting history from the not so reformed RUC.

    Go to comment

  8. Comment on Thread under temporary review…
    on 21 January 2012 at 7:53 pm

    I’ve a wee post on this subject in which the deleted thread gets a minor mention and an offsite link (no comments available though):

    http://wp.me/p1VqOC-72

    Go to comment

  9. Comment on Memo to BBC: The NI Executive voted these measures through
    on 30 November 2011 at 9:45 pm

    Pete,

    As you are noting the contradictions with public presentation over actual actions, I’ve also highlighted Conall McDevitt’s seeming dishonesty over this topic on Hearts of Oak and Steel

    Go to comment

  10. Comment on Peter Robinson: “If we want a better society it can’t be ‘them and us’.”
    on 26 November 2011 at 2:40 pm

    I found it a bit distasteful that he uses the term catholic three times, at least twice linking them into a communal political identity but didn’t feel compelled to use the term protestant even once.

    I’d guess when he uses the term Unionist 10 times it is really interchangeable with protestant though.

    Go to comment

Copyright © 2003 - 2014 Slugger O'Toole Ltd. All rights reserved.
Powered by WordPress; produced by Puffbox.
47 queries. 12.012 seconds.