Jason Conlon

Donald Trump assassination attempt: a stunning moment of disbelief…

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The image of a bloodied, stunned and still very much alive Donald Trump shaking a fist in the air will go down as one of the most shocking, iconic and epoch-defining moments of this century. I fully endorse President Trump …

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… …

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 …

Frank Schnittger

Live Blog: Second Test: South Africa 24 Ireland 25 f/t.

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An unchanged South African XXIII with the highest number of caps ever faces up against an Ireland team missing 6 world class players – Keenan, Gibson Park, Hansen. Aki, Casey, Sheehan – and with Captain O’Mahony dropped to the bench. …

Soapbox

Ireland’s Future: A “Cold House” for all faiths?

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Colm Ó Cionnaith is currently a Peace Studies MA student in the HJI Grad School of Peace and Public Leadership and Secretary General of UPF Ireland. Picture it: Oldbridge, Co. Meath, Ireland, July 12th, 2050, unified and at peace with herself …

Soapbox

Soapbox: Democracy is a Non-negotiable

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Dr Dan Boucher was the TUV/Reform UK candidate for Belfast South and Mid Down and is a former DUP Director of Policy and Research. We approached last week’s General Election on a very different basis to that of 12 December …

Slugger Team

Is a tipping point in sight?

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It’s been about two weeks since President Biden’s disastrous head-to-head with Trump and far from the story moving on, it has come to dominate the campaign and become a wound that will not heal. At the time of writing rumors …

Frank Schnittger

Rugby: Second Test South Africa versus Ireland

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Having narrowly lost the first test 27-20 at altitude in Pretoria, the Irish team to play the Springboks in the second and final test in Durban on Saturday at 4.00pm (Irish time) has been announced and contains some interesting changes. …

Frank Schnittger

A more confident unionism could embrace Ireland and the World

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Brian Walker has written an impassioned plea for a fresh start under a new Labour government in London and changed leadership in Dublin. While better British Irish relations will be helpful, we also have to look at what has to …

Brian Walker

Don’t be cynical. Seize this moment for a real Fresh Start, with a transformed atmosphere between changed Labour and the newly led government in Dublin

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Thankfully we have a break in elections until 2027.  Mick has carried out his distinctive analysis of  GE24. For all the emotions engendered, it shows how little has changed in the balance of forces in identity politics. In seats, Nationalists …

Alan Meban (Alan in Belfast)

Lost deposits by party and by gender (spoiler: men always ‘out-deposit’ women) #GE2024

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While the DUP suffered losses at last week’s General Election, they continue their record streak of never having lost a deposit at a Westminster election – general or by-election – since 1997, and probably quite a lot further back too. …

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