Brian O’Neill

Northern Ireland Faces Environmental Catastrophe: All Rivers Polluted, Iconic Lough Neagh Suffers Ecological Collapse…

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As the aul rebel song went, ‘Only our rivers run free’. Well, it seems not even our rivers have much freedom these days. A new report from the Rivers Trust shows what a dire situation our waterways are in. Via …

Ian Clarke

Beware the Clickbait: Navigating a Media Landscape of Manufactured Hype…

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I’ve expressed before on Slugger my concerns about our indigenous media’s insatiable appetite for political instability to fill its programmes or pages. This dates back to 1994 when those in authority failed to make any meaningful effort to adapt to …

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.

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.

Frank Schnittger

Updated: Six Nations Rugby Championship; Ireland 31, Wales 7; Scotland 30 England 21; France 13 Italy 13.

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Live Blog: Ireland 31 Wales 7 f/t A lot of people seem to be worried that complacency and over confidence could undermine this Ireland side. The thing is, a lot of them are only one bad game away from losing …

Soapbox

The Devenish controversy: Consent, Shame, and Society’s Expectations of Women…

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Deb Biddleston is a native of Manchester, now living in NI for 18 years. She is a wife, mother and grandmother. You would need to have been off grid in the last few days not to be aware of stories …

Arnold Carton

Imperfect Politicians…

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Have you ever wondered how some politicians get away with everything while others have their careers blighted by seemingly small actions that upset the wrong people? When the tape of Trump bragging about grabbing women by their pussies first leaked, …

Andy Pollak

Why the Republic of Ireland needs a new John Bruton…

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With the death earlier this month of former Taoiseach John Bruton, we have lost an important and courageous voice in the Republic of Ireland. We will need a new John Bruton to appear from somewhere: a nationalist leader who will …

Mick Fealty

“a striking manifestation of the confidence and optimism of the shared island initiative…”

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As recently as November Irish News columnist Brian Feeney wrote a column under the heading to the effect that “The Irish government and Fianna Fáil have no policy at all on the north”. [Ahem – Ed] Well, the secret of …

Brian O’Neill

Dublin daddy splash’s €800m on projects in NI…

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It is not that long ago since Ireland was an economic basket case and NI had the good roads, now the roles are reversed with Ireland having a massive budget surplus the past few years. Today the Irish government approved …

Soapbox

Northern nationalism’s biggest barrier to achieving unification is other Irish people…

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Ben M is a slugger reader from Dublin Mary Lou McDonald recently said she thought a United Ireland was “within touching distance”. The remark received little positive response, even in the south, where reactions ranged from pointing out that it …