Dan McGinn

A Bit Shook Up

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To lose one beloved ‘Blue Lights’ character last year was unfortunate. But to lose two this time around would have been disastrous. (SPOILER ALERT) Yet this was the scenario ‘Blue Lights’ viewers were facing at the end of last week’s …

Brian O’Neill

Iran president Ebrahim Raisi and foreign minister dead in helicopter crash…

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Just what we need, more instability in the Middle East. From the BBC: Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi has been confirmed to have died following a helicopter crash in north-western Iran on Sunday, according to state media Foreign minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian …

Brendan Heading

Is it time to give up on power sharing as a bad job ?

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A couple of weeks back I wrote about whether or not the time had come for Alliance to adopt a constitutional position (TL;DR – it hasn’t). As is typical of articles that touch on the constitutional issue, there were quite …

Brian O’Neill

Open sunday – politics free zone…

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In addition to our normal open Sunday, we have a politics-free post to give you all a break. So discuss what you like here, but no politics. Discover more from Slugger O'Toole Subscribe to get the latest posts to your …

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. Just two rules. Keep it civil and no man/woman playing. Discover more from Slugger O'Toole Subscribe to get the latest posts to your email. Type your email… …

Michael Hehir

The Paradoxical LucidTalk Poll: Party Fortunes and Westminster Prospects…

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  Colum’s daring to hope again, Gavin’s nervous, Michelle’s wondering why, and Doug, Jim and Naomi all wear broad smiles, at least for the time it takes them to read the BT’s latest Lucid Talk poll. DUP: This is the …

Brian Walker

Valid objections to a history of the British government’s role in the Troubles should not stand in the way of accountability

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Solemn commemorations have just been  held on the 50th anniversary of the Dublin and Monaghan no warning  bombings which claimed the lives of 34 people  and injured hundreds more. These atrocities were committed by loyalists  in the middle of the …

Frank Schnittger

The end is nigh! Crunch time in the United Rugby Championship

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The penultimate round of the URC has some intriguing match-ups and little room for error. The match previews below will be updated with Live Blogs on each of the matches by Sunday morning. Refresh page for updates. Preview: Edinburgh versus …

Steve Bradley

Will Belfast’s Grand Central Station Be A £340m White Elephant?

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Friday 10th May brought the curtain down on Northern Ireland’s busiest railway hub, as Great Victoria Street Station closed its doors after just 29 years in operation. The ‘Grand Central Station’ facility that will replace it is at an advanced …

Brian O’Neill

More than 1,000 DUP WhatsApp messages released to the Covid Enquiry….

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It seems many in the DUP forgot one of the critical rules of politics. Never commit anything to paper or pixel that you would not like to see splashed on the front page of a newspaper. From Sam McBride in …

Philip Orr

Shedding Light on the Shadows of Oppressive Religious Upbringings..

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I In Northern Ireland there is plenty of evidence for poor mental health connected to living in communities which have experienced political violence, tension and deprivation. A fellow counsellor in one such area of Belfast tells me that many individuals …

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