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  1. Comment on [Late] Friday thread: What is a community?
    on 7 March 2014 at 6:40 pm

    You can hear Dominic expand on this and other topics in the free online course from Queen’s on ‘Identity, conflict and public space’. More details here: https://www.facebook.com/QubMoocs

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  2. Comment on “Just to confuse matters, some elements of the tale of the On The Runs appear to have been hidden in plain sight.”
    on 2 March 2014 at 1:34 pm

    Ian,
    it was on one of the Radio Ulster reports earlier in the week. I didn’t know McG had said otherwise, however I wouldn’t be presuming anything where the NIO is concerned.

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  3. Comment on “Just to confuse matters, some elements of the tale of the On The Runs appear to have been hidden in plain sight.”
    on 2 March 2014 at 12:28 pm

    IanR,
    but that would be at odds with what we’ve already been told i.e. that every name on the list was eventually cleared. Therefore either McGeough’s name was taken off the list or he was arrested before it was processed.

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  4. Comment on “Just to confuse matters, some elements of the tale of the On The Runs appear to have been hidden in plain sight.”
    on 2 March 2014 at 11:51 am

    Sorry lads in your rush to ‘get Kelly’ yiz are all overlooking the significance of the fact that McGeough wasn’t arrested until 4 years later. It’s quite possible there were 215 other letters like the one the NIO allegedly sent in 2003 and there was a process underway to deal with each case.

    The crucial information that’s required here is whether or not Gerry McGeough was one of the names supplied to the NIO. We know that all of the cases brought to the NIO were cleared to return eventually, so either (i) McGeough’s name was never on the list (ii) his name was on it and was taken off (iii) it was on the list but not processed before his arrest.

    Given the conversation between the two of them in 2000 it likely that McGeough was on the list at that time. Culpability will lie in discovering which of the other two scenarios is most accurate. The only thing that is clear here is that Arlene Foster knew in 2010 about the letters.

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  5. Comment on #ShinnersList: “…old hatreds have not been buried. The old injustices have been replaced by new ones.”
    on 1 March 2014 at 8:18 am

    I’m sorry but “#ShinnersList” – really? As poor attempt at social media curation or engagement as you’ll ever see unless of course you’ve absolutely no interest in hearing what the “Shinners” have to say.

    #HashTagFail

    #GoodExamplarMaterialForNextSocialMediaConsultancyGig

    :-)

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  6. Comment on Robinson threatens to quit over Hyde Park
    on 26 February 2014 at 1:21 pm

    In light of their disastrous handling of the Hass and flegs it certainly gives the DUP a chance to stake a claim for the moral high ground. If Robbo had a Westminster seat to fall back on we might believe him but there’s no way on God’s green earth he would forgo the income and perks.

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  7. Comment on Downey case and the uncomfortable facts of our Peace Process re-emerge in a different light
    on 26 February 2014 at 12:15 pm

    Are the DUP seriously expecting us to believe they didn’t notice 180 odd former OTR republicans back living openly north of the border? Really, even after half their top table sat alongside Sammy Brush at Gerry McGeough’s trial when he also mentioned the letters?

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  8. Comment on Learning from history: “there was a chance to work things out in a different direction and it wasn’t taken…”
    on 13 February 2014 at 7:01 am

    The fact that Versailles WAS a shameful peace with no propagandising about it visibly cuts across any comparison based on the contrary.

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  9. Comment on Northern Ireland dog food infiltration known about seven years ago…
    on 12 December 2013 at 6:26 pm

    Excuse and OT but I see from the Queen’s University Moocs page (https://www.facebook.com/QubMoocs) that Chris Elliot and his Institute of Golbal Food Security will be offering a free course in the new year.

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  10. Comment on Donaldson: “No doubt the people of the Republic will continue to shun those who seek to make excuses for cold-blooded murder”
    on 6 December 2013 at 3:17 pm

    Anyone for explaining where this hands in the air waving a hanky stuff came from? The IRA at the time said he was killed in the car and the body subsequently removed from the car to be searched. As for Donaldson, pah, he has his own matters to address before mouthing off:

    From the report:
    “1.358 It is clear from Mr Donaldson’s evidence that when he named Mr Corrigan in the House of Commons as having worked for the IRA the only source he had was Mr. Keeley/Fulton. It is also clear from his evidence that although Mr Donaldson took steps to confirm that Mr Keeley had been a British Agent he took absolutely no steps to verify Mr Keeley’s
    account. In these circumstances, the only conclusion that can be drawn is that Mr Donaldson acted, at best, irresponsibly and, at worst, disgracefully in naming Mr Corrigan under parliamentary privilege and thereby placing his life at risk. This is aggravated by Mr Donaldson’s own evidence that he named Mr Corrigan to bolster his call for the establishment of a public inquiry. ”

    Save us the faux outrage Donaldson you’re as transparent as that hypocritical cretin everyone compares you to.

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