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. News events we have missed, an interesting article you have read, recommendations for a good podcast, book or tv show. Just two rules. Keep it civil and …

Terry Maguire

Return of the Psychedelics…

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When I met Albert Hoffman in Basle in the late 1970s I had no idea who he was. At a pharmacy student conference, he was the main speaker and I was immediately enthralled and captivated as he outlined his work …

David McCann

Slugger TV meets Claire Mitchell

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In this episode, we speak with Claire Mitchell about her new book The Ghost Limb

Brian O’Neill

As the world gets ever more complex, the default response becomes do nothing…

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I have been doing a deep dive lately into the health service in Northern Ireland. The key thing I notice is the more you dig into it, the less clear things get. This tends to be the case for most …

Eamonn Toland

Brexiteers are the not the only Cakeists in town…

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Forget Citizen’s Assemblies, productivity gaps, and subventions. The real litmus test for Irish reunification has to involve more than a technocratic plan. It has to include a vision for how a new Ireland will “unite all the people who share …

Brian O’Neill

Slugger Podcast: The Crisis in the GP service…

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In this episode, we discuss the crisis in the GP service in Northern Ireland. What are the issues, and more importantly, what do we need to do to address the problems? My guests his guests are: Dr. Michael McKenna – …

Mick Fealty

Realists in Scotland now know that the road to Independence is a long one…

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Interesting take from The Economist on where last week’s Supreme Court judgement leaves Nichola Sturgeon and the SNP, who have vowed to turn the next election into a referendum on independence… Trying to turn an election into a referendum looks …

Declan McSweeney

When it comes to getting a diagnosis, it is better late than never…

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From my earliest childhood, I was aware there were medical issues which set me apart from my peer group. I suffered from asthma and infantile eczema in childhood, but largely grew out of them as I got older. They did …

Brian O’Neill

Get your tickets for the Slugger End of Year Review….

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We are back! The Slugger End of Year Review will take place in the Black Box in Belfast next Thursday the 8th of December at 7pm. This is a live in-person event. Alex Kane and Allison Morris are back to …

Kenneth Harper

Productivity in NI is 40% lower than the Republic

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The Irish Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) was commissioned by the Shared Ireland Initiative in the Department of the Taoiseach, to report on relative productivity between the North and the South. Previous ESRI reports have looked at comparisons on …