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Should Unionists engage with Ireland’s Future?

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Arnold Carton is a retired schoolteacher from Belfast. I was one of the minority of unionists who ignored the advice and abuse from Sammy Wilson and attended Ireland’s Future in Dublin on 1st October, so was the €10 ticket, money …

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We are not moving forward. We are not moving back. We are simply standing in the middle of the road…

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Colin McGrath is an SDLP MLA for South Down  The creation of the National Health Service on 5 July 1948 was the first time, anywhere in the world, that completely free healthcare was made available based on citizenship. It was …

Terry Wright

Why Unionism cannot afford to divert attention from its own failings any longer.

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The publication of the Census Statistics prompted, predictably, a flurry of party and non-party political commentary In an indication that Catholic Nationalism is alive and well, SDLP leader Colum Eastwood MP referred to the increase in the Catholic population as a …

Mick Fealty

To solve “wicked problems”, we have to get out of whatever “ark of comfort” we’ve retreated into…

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I’ve been down with Covid over the last few days and so reduced to consuming politics without being about to think about it critically or write about it. But, courtesy of John Naughton, I’d like to share an insight how …

Brian Walker

The pennies are dropping: the UK government are starting to face reality over their mini Budget and restoring the Executive

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By far the most important immediate question  for Northern Ireland is how to prevent the constitutional question dominating politics even more than before, at the expense of delivering government for  the people.  Apart from  threatening an Assembly election that would …

Andy Pollak

The results of the census and the revolt of the masses…

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Firstly, and briefly, the 2021 Northern Ireland census results. We know the headline figures well by now, that the number of those who are Catholics or from a Catholic background (at 45.7%) now outnumber the number of people who are …

Brian Walker

Do they reelly, reelly want it? A reflection on “Ireland’s Future”

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Not only in Dublin at the weekend  but for the whole series of conferences on Ireland’s Future,  the aims are first,  to add momentum to the eventual  creation of a United Ireland by convening a Citizens’ Assembly ; and two, …

Brian O’Neill

Open Sunday – discuss what you like…

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The idea for Open Sunday is to let you discuss what you like. News events we have missed, an interesting article you have read, recommendations for a good podcast, book or tv show. Or maybe you just want a good …

Brendan Heading

Pro-Unity rallies : why Alliance are right not to attend

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Today, there’s a major gathering at the 3Arena in Dublin organised by a company called Ireland’s Future (CRO reg 666463), which campaigns for Irish reunification. A few days ago, the Irish News’ John Manley carried the story that Alliance had …

Roy Uprichard

Spiralling down in a whirlpool wheel spin of casino economics…

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Picture a late November Advent evening last year. In a deconsecrated East Belfast church set midst where Morrisonian nostalgia lingered for decades. Oval shadowed across the way from Samson and Goliath’s stilled steel. In Mersey Street – with the heat …

David McCann

Slugger TV looks at the recent census figures.

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Slugger TV 30th September 2022 from Northern Visions NvTv on Vimeo. Do the Census results represent a seismic shift or is there nothing to see here? David McCann is joined by Brendan Hughes, Daithí McKay and Sarah Creighton to discuss …