Region Archives: Northern Ireland

Sinn Féin’s Peadar Tóibín: “I have no doubt that in the IRA modus operandi of the time that people were moved…”

With the out-going MP for Newry and Armagh, Sinn Fein’s Conor Murphy, declaring his ignorance of alleged abusers in the republican movement being moved out of Northern Ireland – BBC report “I’ve never heard that in all my life as a republican,” [Conor Murphy] said. …it’s worth extracting from the Fireman’s post some quotes from the interview more…

Lord Bew on the Prospects for Dealing with the Past

Yesterday’s House of Lords debate on the Haass-O’Sullivan Talks raised questions about the responsibility of the British and Irish governments, as well as the Northern Ireland parties, in moving forward on addressing the legacy of the past. Lord Bew’s remarks on the unlikeliness of ‘a shared process of recovery from the past’ were particularly sobering more…

More Than A Flag – East Belfast bandsmen poignantly look back at WW1 as the audience see potential #BelFest

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Twelve young guys who couldn’t be much older than twenty. Most with no acting experience. Some haven’t been in a theatre never mind standing on a stage. Bandsmen. Proud of their community, proud of their culture and their flag. Often derided, stereotyped, and written off. Over the last couple of months, Dan Gordon has realised more…

Mr Ó Muilleoir goes to Stormont, Mr Maskey goes to the West.

From the Anderstown News Twitter feed tonight The former Lord Mayor, Máirtín Ó Muilleoir will replace Alex Maskey as the Sinn Fein MLA for South Belfast, with Maskey moving over to West Belfast to take over from Sue Ramsey. It is also reported that Ó Muilleoir will stand for the South Belfast seat in 2015, more…

Do you love Larne?

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On Monday night the BBC broadcast ‘True North – I Love Larne’ and it is fair to say the good people of Larne are not best pleased at how the show depicted them. The Larne Times Facebook post about it has over a 100 comments so far with gems like this: “Surely someone in council more…

Photo of the day – The Crown Bar

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I found myself on the 12th floor of the Europa Hotel the other day, and I must say you get a great view of Belfast. For the tourists they have helpfully marked out relevant sites on the windows.

Electoral Pacts: Just a Sectarian Headcount?

Have we lost a sense of perspective on the meaning of sectarianism? Both an electoral pact between the DUP and UUP and a students’ union referendum on a United Ireland have been labelled sectarian in recent days. It seems that increasingly entirely legitimate political actions by Nationalists and Unionists are written off as sectarian. (more…)

Amnesty release poll showing majority in NI back abortion law reforms in DOJ consultation

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The Department of Justice have opened the public consultation on three specific changes to Northern Ireland’s abortion. Northern Ireland’s legislation in this area is very restricted with compared with the rest of the United Kingdom and for a long time there has been little political enthusiasm to change it. Public sentiment has softened over the more…

“Adams’s claim… is worthy of the most cynical bishop”

From today’s editorial in the Irish Times Adams’s claim that there was “absolutely no cover up by Sinn Féin at any level”, is worthy of the most cynical bishop. It appears to be based on the fact that the IRA came to accept that she had indeed been abused. But its response was not to more…

Photo of the day – The Crossfire Hurricanes

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Photo by Neil Carey Where was this photo taken? A club in Soho? Nightclub in Manhattan? Er not quite, its Love & Death in Anne Street, Belfast. Local band The Crossfire Hurricanes have launched their début single ‘THE DEVIANT’. You can watch the video below. Best of luck lads  

In defence of… Gerry Adams

The rape of Maria Cahill was a horrific crime. This writer cannot even begin to think of the suffering and torment that she has endured because of the actions of a depraved individual. There is no sane person who doubts Cahill’s version of events. Sadly, this horrific event has been seized upon by Sinn Fein’s more…

Martin: “Sinn Fein is failing even the most basic standards of republicanism”

Micheal Martin’s response to Gerry Adam’s blog statement is also worth replicating here more or less in full: “After instigating a vicious campaign of vilification against Mairia Cahill over the course of the last week, it is of course welcome that Gerry Adams has belatedly acknowledged that his organisation did carry out internal investigations of sexual more…

#OTRs: Police Ombudsman finds PSNI’s ‘Operation Rapid’ flawed…

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The Police Ombudsman reports Dr Maguire has said that while it was not improper for a police service to review the circumstances in which it regards people as ‘wanted,’ the process used lacked clarity: “The Terms of Reference for the exercise is silent on how individuals were selected to be reviewed or the procedure by more…

How do we unlock Northern Ireland’s tremendous potential?

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I still remember the spring of 2001. The palpable excitement I felt about something I’d dreamed of since my adolescence and, with sixth form drawing to a close, was finally in a position to realise: leaving Northern Ireland. I was one of the almost 18,000 who emigrated that year, a number that rose to just more…

Photo of the day – Mourne Skyline Mountain Race

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Photo by Billy Mol, Taken on October 18, 2014 Last Saturday over 120 runners took part in the gruelling Mourne Skyline Mountain-Trail Race.  The Mourne Skyline Mountain-Trail Race route comprises mainly of forest paths, fire roads and single track grass and granite trail, with approximately one mile on the road.  The course measures 35k and there is approximately more…