Slugger O'Toole

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Sinn Fein’s Demographic war for constitutional change is useless without middle class

Mon 7 April 2014, 10:55am

Tweet Interesting take from Denis Bradley on Friday on the current impasse. In it, he accurately describes the model as I suspect SF see it: While an unreformed DUP occupy one of the corners in the boxing ring, Sinn Fein are in no danger of being removed as their opponent in the other corner. Our […] more »

After Haass, the numbers game threatens. How can we avoid it?

Mon 6 January 2014, 6:40pm

Tweet  Ed Curran was right to tweak his old bête noire  BBC N Ireland for allowing Nolan the day off on Boxing Day instead of going live on Haass. Or was he?  Were you all better off without Nolan’s bear baiting over the cold turkey even if you were home alone on the day?  Even though desperate […] more »

The population continues to rise but so does the brain drain

Thu 8 August 2013, 6:26pm

Tweet The UK is experiencing a baby boom as the number of births hits the highest level in 40 years, according to mid year figures just out.  Only a small fraction of the country’s higher population is now due to foreign immigration.  In Northern Ireland where the population has continued to increase, more people left […] more »

NILT for 2012 suggests passion for constitutional issues is dropping fast…

Thu 6 June 2013, 1:10am

Tweet Headline findings from the 2012  Life and Times survey includes some mixed news, and some fascinating snippets. Ive added emphasis to highlight some of the more intriguing findings: percentage believing that a United Ireland is very unlikely has now risen to 41%. proportion of Catholics expecting Irish unity remains less than among Protestants. a […] more »

We need fresher thinking than this

Thu 3 January 2013, 11:17pm

Tweet Two New Year articles worth noting which struggle with the abiding theme. Given prime billing in the Irish Times, Robin Wilson laments the anti-democratic and physical force elements in both of our traditions as we move further into the decade of commemoration. His historical sweep of a century reinforces his determinist case against the […] more »

Demographic nightmare

Tue 23 July 2002, 2:58pm

Tweet If both sides are to be believed then no one is to blame for the ongoing nightmare in North Belfast. Still there is something quite chilling in the latest statement from Loyalists with regard to recent violence. It is forthwrite, simple and completely unapologetic: The senior loyalist said that Mr Lawlor had been killed […] more »

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