Topic Archives: Society and Culture

Syria: Does Ireland have the resources to deal with intra state conflict?

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It’s been an article of recent considered thought in foreign policy circles that inter state war is being replaced by intra state conflict. Today there was panic when the UN announced that forty three peacekeepers had been ‘detained’ by “an armed group”. #454288150 / gettyimages.com There are an estimated 130 Irish soldiers with the 44th more…

Cheryl Lawther – Truth, Denial and Transition: Northern Ireland and the Contested Past, Book Review

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Cheryl Lawther’s Truth, Denial and Transition: Northern Ireland and the Contested Past (Routledge, 2014) makes a timely contribution to debates about ‘dealing with the past’ in Northern Ireland, providing insights into why unionist political elites, loyalist ex-combatants and members of the security forces have consistently opposed truth recovery processes. Lawther is a Lecturer in Criminology more…

Investment bubbles: houses, cars and tulips

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This is not really a typical slugger topic but I thought it would be interesting to look at parallels with the housing bubble in Northern Ireland (and even more so the RoI). Keep that in mind if you find what I am writing too tedious. I have a major interest in classic cars. I have more…

Minister green lights ‘Irish Beef’ label just as southern beef farmers lunge into crisis…

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Unfortunate timing for the Agriculture Minister’s new labelling ‘concession’ for so-called ‘nomadic beef’. In Michelle O’Neill’s own terms, here’s the ‘problem’… #168316801 / gettyimages.com I am of the strong view that the term ‘nomad cattle’ has no place on this island and following discussions with industry stakeholders and Minister Coveney in the south, I am more…

Pat Kenny to go to work for UTV, Ireland…

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I”ve never embedded a Vine video before, but there’s a first time for everything… Pat Kenny veteran RTE news and current affairs man has been bagged by UTV Ireland… He’s expected to be returning to TV in early 2015. The channel launches at the beginning of January…

Edinburgh Orange Order pro Union parade illegal?

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Interesting one from `Cybernat` (his term) Craig Murray regarding the proposed Orange Order demo in Edinburgh shortly before the Independence referendum. The proposed Orange for No march appears plainly to be in contravention of the Public Order Act 1936. This act makes it illegal to wear a uniform to promote a political cause: Section 1 (i) more…

Friday thread: Your Summer tracks?

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A couple of summer tracks from Emma Ni Fhioruisce. The first a translation of ‘Better Together’… And the second a great rendering of the more traditional Cailin deas cruite na mbo… Summer always takes me back to Donegal, give us tracks that bring summer home to you?

Sir Hugh Orde in conversation with John Ware @RelsForJustice + Denis Bradley’s response highlighting need for 2 governments to re-engage

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Panorama veteran reporter John Ware interviewed Sir Hugh Orde in the Balmoral Hotel this afternoon in a packed event organised by Relatives for Justice as part of Féile an Phobail. Audio in four parts. [MP3 MP3 MP3 MP3] listen to ‘1/3 Sir Hugh Orde in conversation with John Ware @relsforjustice @feilebelfast’ on Audioboo For 45 more…