Slugger O'Toole

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North Belfast

Where have all the adult politicians once ambitious for Northern Ireland gone?

Tue 8 October 2013, 3:01pm

Tweet Meanwhile, the lunatics continue to enjoy their dominance over the asylum… and a Orange Order press officer refers all queries to its own members reference to civil disobedience to the DUP… Alex Kane wants an adult to take control: Oddly enough – and I say oddly because it is, in fact, odd – mainstream […] more »

After a 5th continuous year of rioting is it time consider the poisoned well of north Belfast’s sectarian geography?

Tue 16 July 2013, 4:18pm

Tweet Here’s a sound copy of an interview I did with Seamus Martin of Tipp FM yesterday morning talking about the rioting situation… If you are looking for a shortcut through the whole thing, topics include: The lack of leadership from mainstream politics A combination of poverty, political powerlessness and a dire local legacy from […] more »

North Belfast kicks off…

Fri 12 July 2013, 9:27pm

Tweet The BBC are reporting that water cannon and baton rounds have been used in north Belfast after a sustained attack on police in the Woodvale area.  Four police officers and one civilian, to date, are reported to have been injured in the disorder.  And there have been a number of clashes between rival loyalist and […] more »

#Flegs: They haven’t gone away you know…

Mon 18 February 2013, 1:28pm

Tweet There was a lot of upset Crusaders and Cliftonville supporters on Twitter at the weekend. Apparently flag protesters from other parts of Belfast (let’s call them predominantly Blues and Glens supporters) turned up at the away turnstiles to prevent Cliftonville’s majority Catholic support ingress to the ground. Result: the season’s big game between the […] more »

What’s New?

Wed 5 September 2012, 11:42pm

Tweet Just an editorial from the Independent.: Riots on the streets of Belfast look alarmingly like a return to the bad old days. Indeed, the sight of an Orange band marching in circles and playing a sectarian tune in front of a Catholic church may prompt claims that nothing has changed. Not so. The symmetry […] more »

PSNI: “The time for posturing on this issue… is now passed.”

Tue 4 September 2012, 3:33pm

Tweet After two nights of violence on the streets of north Belfast, during which over 60 officers were injured, 6 baton rounds fired, and 8 arrests made, the PSNI Assistant Chief Constable Will Kerr has issued a challenge to politicians.  From the Irish Times report Police said the trouble was started by loyalists and that […] more »

Maybe what we need is more activist photographers?

Mon 3 September 2012, 4:31pm

Tweet It’s disconcerting being photographed. I presume that was part of the reasoning of East German Border Guards taking copious amounts of them of the hoards of tourists that used to visit Checkpoint Charlie in the old days (or February 1986 to you and me)… It puzzled me for years afterwards what they might do […] more »

Was Sunday’s loyalist riot in north Belfast an attempt to ‘regulate by riot’?

Mon 3 September 2012, 3:41pm

Tweet So there was riot in north Belfast. What’s new? Well, what’s new is that for the first time in a number of years it was initiated by Loyalists against a Republican parade. In recent years, the traffic has been more or less one way in the opposite direction. And it seems to have been […] more »

Masterplan for Girdwood: “back to the sectarian drawing board…”

Wed 23 May 2012, 2:44pm
Girdwood Masterplan Conceptual Framework

Tweet The Northern Ireland First and deputy First Minsters recently announced the second round of funding, £1.5million, available from the Executive and Atlantic Philanthropies’ ‘Contested Spaces’ Programme, although I’m still not entirely clear where the other £2.5million went… The announcement, in the absence of a “Cohesion, Sharing and Integration” strategy, rebranded, and “watered down” to the “lowest commmon […] more »

“Police will consider the comments made by Judge Weir…”

Sat 5 May 2012, 4:18pm

Tweet They should, because it’s good advice.  From a Belfast Telegraph report Mr Justice Weir criticised the PSNI for relying on advice from unelected community spokesmen. The judge claimed that he had a “considerable sense of unease” concerning the credence that had been given to views from certain groups or individuals. “The police would do very […] more »

Conor Maskey: “regardless of what the incident may or may not be…”

Mon 12 December 2011, 3:55pm

Tweet A short BBC report notes that one man has been arrested and a vehicle seized after a shot was fired at a man in the New Lodge area of north Belfast this morning.  From the BBC report Detective Chief Inspector Alan Little said the attack was “an extremely reckless act in a heavily populated area”. […] more »

POTD – Yard

Tue 11 October 2011, 10:41am
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“We were painting out political statements…”

Wed 17 August 2011, 2:33pm

Tweet The North Belfast News provides an example from the New Lodge area in north Belfast of what happens when “the guerillas” become “the people in power”, and are “pilloried as ‘traitors’ by their young challengers”. From the North Belfast News The day after the clean-up fresh graffiti was daubed on the walls in the […] more »

The Men Who Won’t Stop Marching…

Fri 17 June 2011, 6:49pm

Tweet THE (restricted) Tour of the North parade gets under way in a few minutes. But if you don’t fancy getting wet, and still want to sample loyalist culture – in the safety of your own home no less – you could do worse than watch The Men Who Won’t Stop Marching. It’s one of […] more »

Police to step up “stop and search of ‘suspicious’ cars and people” in Oldpark area

Fri 17 June 2011, 4:54pm

Tweet According to the North Belfast News, “police have agreed to step up their stop and search of ‘suspicious’ cars and people” in the Oldpark/Ardoyne area of North Belfast.  Apparently at the request of the local Marrowbone Residents Group.  According to the report, John McAlea from Marrowbone Residents Group said,  “After talking about the drugs problem […] more »

End of history: Or how I learned to start worrying and forget about my bombs

Thu 27 January 2011, 8:01pm

Tweet Carál Ní Chuilín, MLA and Gerry Kelly, MLA are both open and proud on their previous membership of a now defunct branch of Óglaigh na hÉireann. Both served prison sentences for bombing campaigns in areas mainly used by ‘civilians’ on behalf of that IRA. When the most recent in a long line of British […] more »

General Election 2010 – Sinn Féin

Tue 7 September 2010, 12:56pm

Tweet With 25.5% of the vote SF beat the DUP by 3,700 to get the highest vote of all parties (helped, of course, by DUP absence in FST and North Down). That’s the first time ever in General Elections. (One of the things you wonder about late at night is what would have happened in […] 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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