Brian O’Neill

“We want to thank the British people…”

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This is a great bit of viral marketing from the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association, which google tells me is a trade union for workers in the transport and travel industries in the United Kingdom and Ireland. This is an eye …

Philip McGuinness

Recognising Ulster-British Identity in a United Ireland: a Federation of Ulster-British Communities (FUBC).

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The Belfast Good Friday Agreement recognises that: “… it is for the people of the island of Ireland alone, by agreement between the two parts respectively and without external impediment, to exercise their right of self-determination on the basis of …

Terry Maguire

With an update vaccine just licensed where are we now with Covid19?

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Back in February when England dared to introduce its “living with Covid19” policy – the first of the UK regions to do so – they were accused of risking the lives of thousands, perhaps millions. At that time, supposedly more …

Andy Pollak

Mary Lou McDonald and the forgotten people of the Northern Ireland ‘Troubles’…

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My core contention in writing this column is that for more than 400 years there have been two clashing politico-religious cultures on this island – Catholic nationalist and Protestant unionist – and that for the past century these have been …

Mick Fealty

Looping around old tropes is a denial of service to youth who hanker for meaningful change

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Fionnuala O’Connor asks an interesting and usefully realist question in today’s Irish News: Is Michelle O’Neill expected to say IRA violence was unjustified? Fionnuala’s conclusion: history is not that simple. When you join modern Sinn Féin you conjoin with what was …

Ulster University

The trouble with teaching ‘the Troubles’…

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The final episode of Derry Girls (spoiler alert) covered the Good Friday/Belfast Agreement (GFA) with wit and plenty of pathos. After its broadcast, social media was full of older viewers reporting that they had quite forgotten the challenges that many …

Allan LEONARD (Mr Ulster)

‘Just drawing support’ — Bill Rolston’s latest catch of mural hunting

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Bill Rolston published the first volume of Drawing Support in 1992, which contained images of 100 murals from the previous decade. Thirty years later, the fifth volume has just been published, and at a Feile an Phobail event Rolston spoke …

Brian O’Neill

Is social media helping to keep us stuck in the past?

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I was listening to an interesting podcast recently. It was a discussion with the writer Michael Sacasas about his article – We Are Not Living in a Simulation, We Are Living In the Past. The discussion is a little heavy …

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 …

Frank Schnittger

Making the UUP relevant again…

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On the 13th.  of October 2021, the European Commission issued proposals to resolve the impasse around the implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol following discussions with political leaders, businesses, civil society, and other stakeholders in Northern Ireland. The proposals seek to …

Soapbox

Unionism`s strength lies in its diversity rather than reliance on narrow bases…

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By Ulster Unionist Party leader, Doug Beattie MC MLA They say it is always darkest before dawn, but for unionism dawn is still quite some way off. The reliance on narrow bases, rather than focusing on growing support for the …