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  1. Comment on Bishop John McAreavey: “Political representatives must answer for their own position on abortion…”
    on 17 April 2014 at 9:56 pm

    Given the perception of tight central control by Sinn Fein ,is it not surprising that such a letter would have been issued in the name of an M L A.Either it’s a case (as F J H has suggested )of the party losing its usual sure touch or else an attitude of arrogance that it can get away with almost anything.

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  2. Comment on Sinn Féin to the fore for the photo, to the rear of the movement
    on 12 April 2014 at 10:07 pm

    The headline seems entirely apposite.Not content with merely being among the crowd at the protest,the S F politicians always seem to have the knack of positioning themselves at the forefront of any grouping. No doubt this is purely accidental and has nothing to do with any potential photo opportunities!!Of course it really illustrates the contempt that the party has for the electorate knowing that it can ride several horses at once and not suffer any lessening of support.

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  3. Comment on “a claim on behalf of Mr Green against Sinn Féin has been registered with the Fair Employment Tribunal…”
    on 8 April 2014 at 10:04 pm

    As per usual,no doubt the code of omertà will apply.Given the sensitivity of the case,presumably it will be handled with more assuredness than Gormley’s action.

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  4. Comment on McGuinness WILL attend events during Pres Higgins state visit to GB
    on 6 April 2014 at 10:14 pm

    Dixie
    I noted that Martina Anderson and Raymond Mc Cartney were beside Martin when he spoke to the media today.It appears that they at least are backing his stance.

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  5. Comment on FSB Euro Election Hustings #FSBNIHustings
    on 4 April 2014 at 11:47 pm

    Although Attwood had to leave early, could you give us a synopsis of what he said.

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  6. Comment on Bell’s arrest may put new pressure on Adams and produce new cracks in omerta
    on 22 March 2014 at 10:12 pm

    tacapall
    Since you seem to be privy to the views of the Mc Conville family on this charge,I presume you were present in court today.

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  7. Comment on Haass knew nothing of Sinn Fein’s OTR side-deal before he tried ‘dealing with the past’
    on 12 March 2014 at 10:05 pm

    Could it possibly have something to do with your remarks at 6-43 pm ?!!

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  8. Comment on In journalism “claims towards neutrality and impartiality and objectivity are bogus.”
    on 11 March 2014 at 1:04 pm

    Could Prof Greenslades lack of transparency for a long period have anything to do with the bombings in England ?He may have thought it wise not to publicise his affection for the Republican cause during that period.

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  9. Comment on Is Villiers’ warning to OTRs the cue to launch a whole new search for fresh evidence?
    on 8 March 2014 at 8:57 pm

    Street legal
    I thought the proceeds of the Northern Bank robbery were supposed to provide the pension pot for ex-Provos !

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  10. Comment on Why did no one in Sinn Fein tell the Ballymurphy families the Para’s could borrow Adams’ ‘public interest’ defence?
    on 5 March 2014 at 7:25 pm

    Mick
    Have the laws on “man playing” on Slugger been relaxed? Sean Tracey’s comment at 5-32 pm seems pretty pointed and uncalled for.It represents a mindset that Sinn Fein must always have a monopoly of concern for campaigns such as Ballymurphy and Bloody Sunday.Apparently other parties and individuals are not encouraged to comment!

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  11. Comment on #ShinnersList is “a consequence of Sinn Fein’s selfish misdealing…”
    on 3 March 2014 at 2:23 pm

    If Kevin Myers in yesterday’s Sunday Times is to be believed,apparently Prof Greenslade stood bail for Mr Downey.Touching to see these “Donegalmen” supporting each other !

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  12. Comment on Mark Durkan finds the real political weakness in the DUP’s (and SF’s) position on OTRs
    on 28 February 2014 at 10:55 pm

    The rather hysterical abuse aimed at Mark by S F poster Sean Tracey really shows the desperate levels to which his detractors can descend.Has his own party regularly expressed its concern about M I 5s role in the North or is it perhaps more than a little comprised in that area?!

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  13. Comment on Rationale for the #ShinnersList: “Preferential treatment of IRA men regarding their potential criminal liability…”
    on 28 February 2014 at 10:40 pm

    “The O T R arrangement was between two parties who both regarded themselves as sovereign governments” Even by Socaires often bizarre contributions, this claim seems somewhat deluded.Perhaps he would care to explain how Sinn Fein could regard themselves as a ” sovereign government ” ?

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  14. Comment on Mark Durkan finds the real political weakness in the DUP’s (and SF’s) position on OTRs
    on 28 February 2014 at 10:20 am

    Would agree on Marks contributions to the View.But sadly as we all know ,virtue and integrity butter no bread when it comes to elections.In the next few months,both the main parties will play to their respective constituencies and as always the main casualty will be be truth.Plus ca change etc!!

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  15. Comment on So now I’m suing, now I’m not…
    on 27 February 2014 at 10:55 pm

    The great Groucho comes to mind—-”These are my principles;if you don’t like them,I’ve got other ones”!!

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  16. Comment on Downey case and the uncomfortable facts of our Peace Process re-emerge in a different light
    on 26 February 2014 at 7:57 pm

    Glancing briefly through the judgement ,I note that the solicitor for the OTRs at a certain stage of the process was a Mr Mc Grory.Could this be the the current DPP(NI)?The ironies of life!

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  17. Comment on In the aftermath of Loughgall: The cover story…
    on 20 February 2014 at 2:25 pm

    I’ll leave those who are apparently better informed to argue the toss on Loughgall.The interesting development is the appearance of the new women’s blog Vixens with Convictions which promises to stimulate debate in a number of areas.Apart from the Loughgall article above.one which was mentioned recently on Jude Collins.com(17th February ) dealt with West Belfast and challenged the idyllic picture often portrayed by Republicans in that area.The link to the article is given in one of the responses to Jude’s initial blog.

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  18. Comment on In Profile: Ciarán Mulholland independent council candidate for Black Mountain
    on 19 February 2014 at 7:47 pm

    Dixie
    Subject to correction ,I was under the impression that control of funding for projects in Derry(Social Investment Fund)was mainly at the discretion of Sinn Fein feeding into O F M/D F M.Are you suggesting that S D L P and the local Unionists are party to the “stitch-up”?

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  19. Comment on Cunningham changes plea on Northern Bank robbery money-laundering charges
    on 18 February 2014 at 11:48 pm

    Joe
    Could you be more specific on your definition of “former government agent” and outline your reasons for scepticism ?

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