Blogging politics US style…

There has been from time to time fierce discussion here and on other NI blogs about what makes a blog and what doesn’t. Elsewhere this kind of discussion as taken second place to what individual bloggers can actually do. This week as the US Republican convention is being blogged just like the Democrats. Like last time, even the BBC is getting involved! Reason has substantially supplemented its blog team from last time out. The New Republic magazine’s blog is there … Read more

Policing: local reserve might attract Republicans?

George Kerevan notes the continuation of recruitment of IRA volunteers has continued long past the two ceasefires and the Belfast Agreement. But a successful conclusion to current negotiations, he believes, might see Sinn Fein recognising the PSNI and local youngsters who might previously have joined the IRA being recruited into a part-time local PSNI reserve. adminA slightly inhuman presence that bans bad comments and works late at night to remove the wrinkles in Slugger’s technical carpet. You will need to … Read more

Ceasefires: ten years on…

RTE this morning marked the anniversary of the first IRA ceasefire with a retrospective from Belfast academics Paul Bew and Eammon Phoenix, and a report from their Northern editor Tommy Gorman highlighting the one consistent success story since that time – the tourist industry. adminA slightly inhuman presence that bans bad comments and works late at night to remove the wrinkles in Slugger’s technical carpet. You will need to know about the comments policy to stay off the fightin’ side … Read more

Cullybacky woman in with medal chance?

Jessica Kuerten, (nee Chesney) has just jumped a clear round to tie with Britain’s Nick Skelton in Athens. At the very least it puts her in with a shout of winning a medal of some discription in tonight’s final. Irish representatives in both national teams have turned in some good performances, but have thus far struggled to make an impact in the final stages. adminA slightly inhuman presence that bans bad comments and works late at night to remove the … Read more

On a short hiatus…

Slugger finally got too big and cumbersome for our UK server yesterday. It is going to take a number of days to effect the transfer, especially given that we are going into a long weekend and our tech genious from River Path Abi is currently on holidays somewhere in Co Antrim. So in the meantime there will be no more blogging here until next Tuesday. We hope to be restored to our former home soon after that. Have a good … Read more

Guinness ice cream anyone?

Mmmm…. Or maybe not! This little piece of frivolity was thanks to Smoke Signals. adminA slightly inhuman presence that bans bad comments and works late at night to remove the wrinkles in Slugger’s technical carpet. You will need to know about the comments policy to stay off the fightin’ side of me and there is a bit of background about me here. You can email me using this spam-proof link if you really need to, and Slugger is @sluggerotoole on … Read more

Negotiations: police and arm(ie)s are key

Barrister Noel Whelan is one of the more erudite commentators on Northern Irish affairs in the Republic. This week he his column in the Examiner covers the potential sticking point between the DUP and Sinn Fein of policing and decommissioning. He summarises Jeffrey Donaldson at the Parnell School last week: “…the DUP is seeking the following: full decommissioning of IRA weapons to be dealt with ‘conclusively’; the IRA and the associated ‘architecture’ of paramilitary violence to be disbanded; Sinn Féin … Read more

NI dominates Ahern's 'reshuffle'?

Brian Feeney looks at the what may turn out to be the longest Cabinet re-shuffle in Irish political history and reckons it may the thought of moving Brian Cowen from his key brief at Foreign Affairs and the need for his party to parry the Sinn Fein challenge in the south that is staying his hand. Feeney tips Louthman Dermot Ahern to succeed Cowen, if and when it finally happens. adminA slightly inhuman presence that bans bad comments and works … Read more

Education: a future political battleground?

David Vance will no doubt be pleased that the outstanding performance of Northern Irish GCSE candidates have made it into the leader of the Daily Telegraph this morning. Martin McGuinness’s plans to abolish the 11+ will be executed by a Labour government in 2008, if 1) there is no change in the UK government in the elections widely expected to take place next year, and/or 2) a nationalist MLA manages to negotiate the Education post in any reconvened local Executive. … Read more

Reg backing a corporate Assembly?

He doesn’t say so explicitly, these statements from Reg Empey hint that if the negotiations to get the Belfast Agreement back online, he might support the DUP’s alternative of a corporate Assembly. adminA slightly inhuman presence that bans bad comments and works late at night to remove the wrinkles in Slugger’s technical carpet. You will need to know about the comments policy to stay off the fightin’ side of me and there is a bit of background about me here. … Read more

One step forward and two back…

Our UK server gave out on us this afternoon and we’ve had to temporarily resort to our old cramped offices at the original blogspot site. A case of back to the future! We will be moving Slugger to a brand new shiny Linux server in New York over the next few days. We can’t bring back the very recent past until then, but we will try to bring you a few morsels to pick over. In the meantime, you may … Read more