Topic Archives: Politics

Queen Elizabeth and our attitude towards the Monarchy

Queen Elizabeth and our attitude towards the Monarchy

It is always a big occasion when the Queen pops over from Buckingham Palace to pay her subjects in this part of the kingdom a visit. Before, I go any further I must declare an interest, I am a republican and  not just in a narrow Irish sense, but I generally think that monarchies around more…

Book Review of The Scarlet Woman and the Red Hand: Evangelical Apocalyptic Belief in the Northern Ireland Troubles by Joshua Searle

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Pastor James McConnell’s provocative comments about Islam last month sparked outrage and indignation throughout Northern Ireland – as well as sympathy and defence from some quarters, it must be admitted. But I couldn’t help thinking that what McConnell said about Islam wasn’t all that different from what Rev Ian Paisley had been saying for years more…

Gerry Adams: “this can be too easily twisted into a view that since everyone was to blame, nobody was to blame…”

Gerry Adams: "this can be too easily twisted into a view that since everyone was to blame, nobody was to blame..."

The Sinn Féin president, Gerry Adams, TD, has been blaming others, again, for the failure to agree a comprehensive package on, among other issues, dealing with the past – in particular, a failure to agree on the holistic approach that could be said to characterise the mechanisms contained in the Haass proposals.  But he had some interesting more…

Friday thread: Flags make a difference to how we think and feel…

Friday thread: Flags make a difference to how we think and feel...

Via Peter Curran with a h/t to Phil Mac Giolla Bhain. Fascinating piece of quick and dirty research on the Scottish Sunday Politics Show regarding the effect of flag displays during a detailed online questionnaire from last week… It’s well worth watching the whole way through, but the findings themselves are at the beginning and more…

NI Police Ombudsman: “It’s very easy to raise allegations – I think the important thing is whether there is any evidence behind it”

NI Police Ombudsman: "It's very easy to raise allegations - I think the important thing is whether there is any evidence behind it"

Having investigated a complaint from the Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams – following newspapers reports in 2006 which alleged that members of the RUC knew of a 1984 UDA gun attack on Adams in advance, or were themselves involved - the Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman, Michael Maguire, has published his conclusions. Dr Maguire has said he has found no evidence that police more…

Exclusive: NI21 Carecall letter and the investigations

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Well here we go again! The ongoing civil war within NI21 has courted a great deal of friction between the party executive and the deputy leader. Tonight Slugger has obtained a letter from Carecall outlining the investigation process until its eventual suspension. The letter was addressed to the deputy leader, John McCallister and the current more…

“Local houses for local people”? Hey, isn’t that the Executive’s preferred housing policy?

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Interesting story on BBCNI just now, of what appears to a racialist protest in Garnerville in East Belfast outside the house of Michael Abiona who according to the Beeb “serves in key roles in the Northern Ireland Council for Ethnic Minorities”. Interesting too that just yesterday the NICEM published a report which noted that “8.3% of reported cases were successfully more…

Constitutions and Culture Wars – Annual IBIS Conference at UCD

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The Institute for British Irish Studies (IBIS) at University College Dublin held its annual conference on Monday on the theme of “Constitutions and Culture Wars: Northern Ireland, the Irish State and the North-South Dimension.” The event also marked the retirement of UCD Prof of Politics John Coakley, the first director of IBIS. Coakley’s work on more…

Martin McGuinness: “I mean I remember, I remember, I remember…”

Martin McGuinness: "I mean I remember, I remember, I remember..."

Or not, as the case may be.  Faced with evidence to the contrary, the Northern Ireland deputy First Minister, Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness, has admitted that he was not, as he had claimed in an interview with RTÉ’s Marian Finucane, in Portlaoise prison when “Patrick Duffy was killed and his body secretly buried”.  As the more…

Better “a Scotland busier being born than busy dying…”

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A typically passionate piece from Pat Kane in the Scotsman, arguing that Scottish independence is not something you can enjoy something of if you don’t have it at all. He believes this is a once off opportunity to re-arrange power relations on the island of Britain that won’t be coming back any time soon, if more…