It’s not a ‘peace’ process.. it’s a political process

According to the Irish Times, the Irish and British Governments have decided not to allow the party election strategies of the DUP and SF to take precedence over political progress – Ahern says North deadline is November 25th: The Taoiseach has said talks between the parties in the North cannot continue beyond November 25th. If no deal is agreed by then, the Irish and British governments will present a joint proposal for implementing the Belfast Agreement, writes Denis Staunton in … Read more

Blanket interviews Orde

The Blanket’s interview with PSNI Chief Constable Hugh Orde, previewed by Suzanne Breen in The Village magazine (courtesy of Newshound), is now available on-line. It’s a frank and wide-ranging interview.. well worth reading in full. Pete Baker

There’s a story there… somewhere

The Sunday Business Post reports on the Sunday Business Post – not, perhaps, the most impartial of sources. A very measured news piece to begin with is accompanied by Vincent Browne wading into troubled waters.Vincent Browne’s article seems almost a response to this critical Indymedia article from last week which pointedly highlighted “mainstream media organisations pleading for greater transparency in public affairs”. There’s also an update from the writer in the comments section which mentions “speculation on the Vincent Browne … Read more

GAA could Face Legal Action via ‘Europe’

The Sunday Business Post carries a report that the GAA could be forced under European law to open up Croke Park to Soccer and Rugby.Although the paper writes A spokesman for the GAA said it would be “incredible” if any organisation challenged how it “manages its affairs and its properties”. this could offer a convenient solution to a politically difficult dilemma faced by the GAA. Ambrose Uprichard

Donegal – Hot or Not?

The Observer’s Henry McDonald highlights a running online poll on what makes Ireland great – “Guinness and Tayto crisps are ranked higher than Ireland’s patron saint St Patrick”. County Donegal currently leads from Shane McGowan, just, and as site co-founder Paul Clerkin observes about his native Monaghan, “it’s not my fault but then again we were above Cavan and that’s what’s important.”At the risk of causing a party-politically inspired avalanche of votes for what Paul Clerkin says started as “a … Read more

Mr Orde

Nuzhound carries another impressive article by Suzanne Breen in the Village magazine. Anthony McIntyre interviews Hugh Orde. Ambrose Uprichard

There's a story there… somewhere

The Sunday Business Post reports on the Sunday Business Post – not, perhaps, the most impartial of sources. A very measured news piece to begin with is accompanied by Vincent Browne wading into troubled waters. Vincent Browne’s article seems almost a response to this critical Indymedia article from last week which pointedly highlighted “mainstream media organisations pleading for greater transparency in public affairs”. There’s also an update from the writer in the comments section which mentions “speculation on the Vincent … Read more

The case for making abortion legal in Northern Ireland

Joanne Dunlop with a spirited account of the pro-choice case on abortion in Northern Ireland. It’s an issue on which there is a conspicuous and almost entirely unanimous consensus amongst all of Northern Ireland’s political parties. It’s a refreshing original analysis that, ironically may find supporters from every side. It’s also a sign that the Balnket is broadening the scope of it writing and its audience! Via Mwk. adminA slightly inhuman presence that bans bad comments and works late at … Read more

Mr Orde

Nuzhound carries another impressive article by Suzanne Breen in the Village magazine. Anthony McIntyre interviews Hugh Orde. 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 … Read more

Kerry's tactical mistake?

Howard Fineman on Newsweek, believes both US candidates may have made important mistakes in the closing chapters of the election campaign. For Bush, it was his choice of campaign grounds, but he also believes that Kerry’s focus on the Iraq war instead of US jobs and its economy may have serious consequences as he seeks to convert the still undecided. adminA slightly inhuman presence that bans bad comments and works late at night to remove the wrinkles in Slugger’s technical … Read more

It's not a 'peace' process.. it's a political process

According to the Irish Times, the Irish and British Governments have decided not to allow the party election strategies of the DUP and SF to take precedence over political progress – Ahern says North deadline is November 25th The Taoiseach has said talks between the parties in the North cannot continue beyond November 25th. If no deal is agreed by then, the Irish and British governments will present a joint proposal for implementing the Belfast Agreement, writes Denis Staunton in … Read more

GAA could Face Legal Action via 'Europe'

The Sunday Business Post carries a report that the GAA could be forced under European law to open up Croke Park to Soccer and Rugby. Although the paper writes A spokesman for the GAA said it would be “incredible” if any organisation challenged how it “manages its affairs and its properties”. this could offer a convenient solution to a politically difficult dilemma faced by the GAA. adminA slightly inhuman presence that bans bad comments and works late at night to … Read more

All souls night in Scandinavia

All over Lutheran Sweden tonight, many families will be following an old tradition and will visit the graves of close relatives to place a lighted candle there. It’s no longer celebrated in Denmark, when since 1686, all the old holy day’s were almalgamated into the Stor Bilde Dag, or the great prayer day. However the celebration of Santa Lucia on December 13th (Candlemas) is a largely secular hangover from an extremely distant Catholic past. Adds: This Candlemas (lit. the Candle … Read more

The IRA needs to re-structure…

DR JOHN COULTER is a Northern political columnist with the Irish Daily Star. Here, he argues the Provisional IRA could get around the disbanding dilemma by restructuring itself as the Irish Republican Association, based on similar lines as the Royal British Legion. By John Coulter The Provisional Irish Republican Army needs to copy its arch rivals, the British Army, and form an Old Comrades adminA slightly inhuman presence that bans bad comments and works late at night to remove the … Read more

Donegal – Hot or Not?

The Observer’s Henry McDonald highlights a running online poll on what makes Ireland great – “Guinness and Tayto crisps are ranked higher than Ireland’s patron saint St Patrick”. County Donegal currently leads from Shane McGowan, just, and as site co-founder Paul Clerkin observes about his native Monaghan, “it’s not my fault but then again we were above Cavan and that’s what’s important.” At the risk of causing a party-politically inspired avalanche of votes for what Paul Clerkin says started as … Read more

Blanket interviews Orde

The Blanket’s interview with PSNI Chief Constable Hugh Orde, previewed by Suzanne Breen in The Village magazine (courtesy of Newshound), is now available on-line. It’s a frank and wide-ranging interview.. well worth reading in full. 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 … Read more

Losing the truth in the news…

Regardless of the degree of press freedom, Alex Kane believes the press we do have is all too often happy to propagandise rather than simply tell us the truth. The result is that people are increasingly reading what they want to hear, and journalists are beginning to be trusted less than jobbing politicians.By Alex Kane Sixty-six years ago, on October 30th, 1938, at about 8.30 in the evening, a couple of million Americans filled their cars with food and headed … Read more

Ireland’s top for free press…

According to a report by Reporters sans Frontier, Ireland enjoys some of the world’s freest press. Thanks Mark! 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

A breakdown in communication..?

I wonder if the Omagh bomb victims’ relatives will ever find out what really happened in the run-up to that fateful day. Now questions are being raised about why a Garda informer’s information wasn’t passed on to the PSNI, and why he wasn’t stopped for questioning when customs officials caught up with him in Wales. Answers have not been forthcoming.The last sentence in Norman Baxter’s letter in the last link also appears to suggest that the PSNI had largely ‘translated’ … Read more

Losing the truth in the news…

Regardless of the degree of press freedom, Alex Kane believes the press we do have is all too often happy to propagandise rather than simply tell us the truth. The result is that people are increasingly reading what they want to hear, and journalists are beginning to be trusted less than jobbing politicians. By Alex Kane Sixty-six years ago, on October 30th, 1938, at about 8.30 in the evening, a couple of million Americans filled their cars with food and … Read more