Julie Burchill had the chattering classes chattering, like she rarely has before with a fairly cack-handed attack on Ken Livingstone’s support for the London St Patrick’s Parade earlier this year. Malachi O’Doherty suggests some may be losing a sense of perspective in reacting so strongly.

Closer to home Nelson McCausland faced criticism for his insistence that sectarianism was not solely an offence of a single community in Northern Ireland.

In Derry though there seems to be a quiet and potentially very powerful transformation is already taking place. The Apprentice Boys march next week will take place in the context of the Maiden City Festival, an event drawing support of people and clergy of both sides of the community there.

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The Mccluskey Civil Rights Summer School – Guest Speaker Bernadette McAliskey
Sat, 18 Aug 2018 |  Dungannon
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Inez McCormack Civil Rights Women’s Conference
10am, Saturday, 8 September 2018 | Public Records Office Belfast
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Madge Davison Lecture – ‘Inequality and Unfairness in 2018: What Would Madge Have Said?
7pm, Tues 25 Sept 2018 | Queen’s University Belfast
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The End Of Catholic Ireland?
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