GFA Doesn't Work- Alliance

Alliance leader David Ford admits some of the failings of the old Agreement in an interview with epolitix.com 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 … Read more

DUP want governments to bolt decomm down

The DUP delegation is off to Dublin this morning to meet the Ahern boys, Bertie and the new broom at the DFA, Dermot. The main theme for the meeting from a DUP perspective is to find out how secure the decommissioning deal is likely to be. 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 … Read more

DUP says prepare for change…

Interesting statement just issued by Gregory Campbell, in which he tells Sinn Fein and the SDLP to prepare for change. It’s primarily noteable as a nicely weighted inversion of an earlier nationalist narrative that Unionists were naturally averse to change? 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 … Read more

Church to blame for breakdown of families?

When I met Eammon McCann for the first time at Leviathan last week I discovered, much to mine and the audience’s surprise, that he retains a deep and abiding interest in Ancient Greek and the Cannon Law of the Catholic Church – even if there’s little affection for the latter. This week he argues that the Catholic church has had a more corrosive effect on family life than the current target of the Christian right in the US, the sex … Read more

Charter debate: more questions than answers

The e-debate has been slow to start, but there’s been some interesting questions that have arisen out of the first few days of discussion. Here’s a short outline of some of the main points so far. Colin Harvey will have more questions tomorrow. The discussion so far has raised more questions than answers. The primary one being whether we really need an all island charter when, in theory at least, the European Convention on Human Rights already covers both parts … Read more

Busy Glenn?

Glenn Reynolds, of the US political blog Instapundit.com, is now moonlighting as a columnist at Guardian Unlimited – seemingly for the duration of the US Presidential campaign. How does he find time to be a law professor as well? 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 … Read more

Bland is better than sloppy history?

Steven King takes Warwick University academic Alison Kitson to task for some little local inaccuracies. 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 … Read more

Blair pace-maker

Yes that’s ‘pace-maker’, not ‘peace-maker’ – or at least “a device to steady an irregular heartbeat” – which actually seems to mean a 90 minute “non-surgical procedure under local anaesthetic”. However, if that doesn’t work… According to the BBC report, last year’s health scare has recurred in the last two months… mmm.. now what’s been happening that could have contributed to that, I wonder… Oh, and one more term and that’s it… Gordon.. Oh, Gordon! adminA slightly inhuman presence that … Read more

Adams calls for end to negotiations?

Apparently Gerry Adams wants the British to impose a solution, on the DUP. 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 Twitter. … Read more

Charter e-debate: an argument for a Charter

Brice Dickson wrote a think piece (pdf) for the Irish Law Society last autumn when an initial public consultation was still in train. Mick FealtyMick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty

The politicians’ consciences…

TWO politicians from very different backgrounds are looking back to the past this week (although that’s a common habit in NI politics), and examining their consciences. Former civil rights leader Austin Currie reveals how he questioned whether he had done the right thing during his Caledon ‘occupation’, given the horrific yet unintended consequences of his actions. Anti-Agreement unionist Jeffrey Donaldson’s struggle with his conscience on the eve of the Agreement’s publication is today’s extract from biography ‘Not By Might’ – … Read more

Payment will be due

Seán Flynn, in The Irish Times, picks up on the Value for Money Report on Grouped Schools project (full report) from the Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General, published 28th september 2004, focusing on the real cost of Grouped Schools Pilot Partnership Project (summary) for the Department of Education and Science. Rather than the predicted savings to the public of 6% from the Public Private Partnership contract, the C&AG’s Office predict costs to run 8-13% above the cost of … Read more

Death of a socialist(ism)…?

Johann Hari interviews Chris Hitchens, one time hero of the international left, who since 11th September 2001 has found it impossible to hold a consistent political line that cuts across a bundle of issues. An excellent and sympathetic insight into an individual whose stance perhaps symbolises the increasing fragmentation of political agendas in what’s left of the ‘West’. Mick FealtyMick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider … Read more

Murphy: is plan B new legislation?

After getting a look at Paul Murphy’s intended speech from last night, it looks like plan B may be simply to enact legislation that may not be agreed to by one or other of the two contending parties. Sinn Fein is not happy. However such a hopping movement has been a theme of the process so far (think IMC). It’s an not entirely left field proposal. Mick FealtyMick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts … Read more

Charter debate: why have one at all?

We’ve had a few good starters to the e-debate, raising questions about the precise nature of any proposed instrument. There is some scepticism over the workablity/desirablity of an enforceable document. Over the next fortnight we’ll be examining four general questions, which will help frame the discussions to be initiated at the Seminar in UCC this Saturday. And, in turn, we’ll be bringing you informed perspectives that arise from the seminar next week.From Colin Harvey Ø What does the Agreement prescribe … Read more

Cois Locha

The Irish News today carries a story that Newry and Mourne councillors have voted to name a new block of flats Cois Locha, which translates as Waterside, despite being informed that to so do would be breaking the law. As it stands the flats should be named in English and an Irish sign can subsequently be erected if a majority of residents wish to do so.Sinn Féin councillor Brendan Lewis said that the legislation was counter to the Good Friday … Read more

Citizenship bill closes loophole

Michael McDowell has announced a bill that will enforce new citizenship regulations aimed at closing a loophole by which any child born on the island was guaranteed citizenship. A three year residency requirement will not apply to people born in Northern Ireland and Britain. Mick FealtyMick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and … Read more

Bertie finally gets to do the shuffle

Chris at Alt-Tag with her own blog suggestions for Bertie Ahern on the day he announces a reshuffle that was first heralded in June. Mick FealtyMick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty

Peace process: slow burning success

The peace process is slow and frustrating, but the Jimmy Burns at the FT reckons that the two governments have set their sights on Christmas as a target for political agreement. Of course there is no promise on a timeframe for restoring institutions, but that may emerge as part of a deal done by Christmas. As one seasoned observer told Slugger recently, “we’re looking at September, next year”! Mick FealtyMick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on … Read more