Archive | December, 2002

Loyalist feud re-opens?

News of a shooting in Belfast has just shown up on this Australian site. The BBC claim it is linked to the Loyalist feud.

Loyalist spilt: Christmas illwill

Looks like the current stand-off between the current UDA leadership and Johnny Adair is building in tension.

BBC's top song of all time

It seems that the BBC’s open invitation has encouraged some of Britain’s former colonies to vie for the world title; it seems that the Irish nationalist campaign won out, just ahead of the Hindu and Pakistani candidates.

Republic's good news/bad news

A self-styled fin de siècle round-up on Ireland’s fortunes and misfortunes from North Atlantic Skyline.

Happy Christmas….

Blogging at Letter to Slugger O’Toole will be scarce to intermittent over the holidays. Newshound I presume will be continuing a service through the holidays. In the meantime please feel free to email me, or use the comment fields to continue discussions.

Census puts an end to myth?

In the Observer on Sunday Henry McDonald compared the Catholic majority by 2016 that had been the source of some speculation before last Thursday’s announcement of the final census figures, with the myth of Santa Claus: “…the straight-talking statisticians at the census office metaphorically ripped off Santa’s beard last Thursday and exposed the ‘Count the more…

Future depends on the IRA

Barry White sums up the feeling of nearly all Unionists and a rising number of Nationalists: “The IRA hold the key to any political progress, by making it possible for unionists to return to devolution. Without acts of completion, and finality to their war, the alternative is indefinite direct rule, which is hardly a Sinn more…

Census begs political re-assessment

It seems that after the announcement Unionist commentators have been much quicker to print their analysis of the Census results than Nationalists. The Newsletter sees it as sealing the bottom line of the Union and Graham Gudgin concludes: Nationalist expectations of a future Catholic majority have risen so high it will take more than a more…

Stormont raid: information on DUP members

The seizure of documents in the raid of Sinn Fein offices continues to provide a drip feed of information that may prove damaging to Sinn Fein. This comes on the heels of a story in the Sunday Life speculating that there may be four IRA spies in government.

Donaldson calls for Unionist unity

Jeffrey Donaldson, until recently an enormous thorn in the side of his leader David Trimble is now calling for wider unity within the Unionist camp, “I think a divided unionism, not just within the UUP, in fact the greater divisions within unionism are between the two parties.” Though there is nothing particularly unusual about such more…

Secret life of the IRA: review by Trimble

I can’t imagine James Molyneaux sitting down to read a book about the IRA, never mind write a review of one. This may not be the most enlightening piece on the IRA, but David Trimble opens an interesting speculative avenue on Unionism’s changing attitudes, both before and after this current process. Though many will argue more…

Claudy bomb controversy

An inquiry (sub only) into the horrific bombing of the smally Co Derry village of Claudy in 1972 has made public that both Cardinal Conway and the British government knew of Catholic priest Father James Chesney’s involvement in the incident. A report from Susan McKay in the Sunday Herald specifically mentions the former Secretary of more…

Cenus figures no longer relevant

Sunday journalists have the advantage over their daily counterparts of having a few days to pass by before they finally commit their copy . Tom McGurk in the Sunday Business Post, has had a few days to consider the wider picture around the Census and concludes: …the whole purpose of the new politics is to more…

Census 2001: education figures

There has been a lot of contention around the change in the proportions of pupils in each sector of the education system. Here are the latest figures from the Department of Education NI, courtesy of reader Howard.

Census 2001: Back stories

To pick up on how this story has been set up over the last few years, have a look at John Adams’ resume of opinion pieces, complete with links, and this article from Anthony McIntyre. Both look at the issue from a Nationalist point of view but, until now, that is where most of the more…

Census 2001: Republican disappointment

The Daily Telegraph sees the results as a major set-back for Republican strategists, something dissident Republican commentator Anthony McIntyre echoes strongly in this week’s edition of the Blanket: Nationalist number crunchers have been frustrated on two major counts. Firstly, the share of the nationalists fell considerably short of the anticipated 46%. Secondly, the unionists were more…