Archive | November, 2004

Paisley: it’s now or never…

The game’s still on, but the Doc is doing his Elvis impression with a final redition of It’s now or never… But will it all end up in Heartbreak Hotel? Give us you own favoured lyrics for Northern Ireland’s latest political song and dance routine?

Policing: 82 years of disaffection to end?

Sharon O’Neil reports (subs needed) an interesting perspective on yesterday’s meeting between Sinn Fein and the Cheif Constable of the PSNI from historian Eammon Phoenix:”Not since 1922 has a Sinn Fein leader discussed policing with an official representative of the Northern Ireland state. “Craig met Collins and a Catholic recruiting committee was set up in more…

Policing remains an issue for disagreement.

The Irish Times has a report by Frank Millar that may hint at a sticking point for a ‘deal’ which the wider media has, thus far, neglected to mention – the devolution of policing powers.From the briefings, which Frank Millar reports are coming from SF sources, the view is that there will be no devolved more…

Sinn Féin and the building of consensus

The quality and range of the contributions on The Blanket seems to be rising week by week. Not long ago they carried a lengthy interview with Cheif Constable Hugh Orde and another piece with prominent Orangeman Brian Kennaway. This week, Eoin O’Broin engages with regular critic of Sinn Fein. He contrasts the need to build more…

“Behind the Blue Door”

In light of discussions about sectarianism, this is an excellent piece by the Community Relations Council (2003)that is well worth a read. What Is SectarianismAnti-sectarianism is a very long word – can we spell it? Paraphrasing the childhood word game underlines the strangeness of the word and our unfamiliarity with the concept. For me ‘anti-sectarianism’ more…

DUP has to swallow bitter pill

Danny Morrison remains sceptical about a deal. Here he uses the literary device of inverting the video of decommissioning scenario to a taped apology from Doctor Paisley. However, he concedes that any fear the DUP will use photographs to embarass Republicans would be outlived by “fresh and daily images of the DUP in a power-sharing more…

Slowly changing landscape

Sound analysis from John Murray Brown this morning. He perceptively refers to long term development of this process, and George Mitchell’s observation that “if Mr Paisley had not boycotted the negotiations [1998] there would probably not have been an agreement”. So was the boycott a positive move to allow the Agreement to take shape, or more…

Leading Article

The Times 30.11.04Power and responsibility There are no more excuses for intransigence in Northern Ireland After 40 years of violence and an utterly dispiriting sequence of derailed peace initiatives, the odds against a breakthrough in Ulster in a given week will always be slim. Expectations must nonetheless be managed, and Downing Street has been managing more…

Good Idea!

Sinn Fein call for consideration of legislation to limit the advertising of toys on TV

That showed them, huh?

Faced with balancing a budget that is predicted to be £28million short over the next 3 years, local political representatives today walked out of a Southern Education and Library Board meeting refusing to discuss any proposals and threatening to resign. How exactly that will change the situation faced by the SELBoard is anyone’s guess.. perhaps more…

Slowly changing landscape

Sound analysis from John Murray Brown this morning. He perceptively refers to long term development of this process, and George Mitchell’s observation that “if Mr Paisley had not boycotted the negotiations [1998] there would probably not have been an agreement”. So was the boycott a positive move to allow the Agreement to take shape, or more…

Sinn Féin and the building of consensus

The quality and range of the contributions on The Blanket seems to be rising week by week. Not long ago they carried a lengthy interview with Cheif Constable Hugh Orde and another piece with prominent Orangeman Brian Kennaway. This week, Eoin O’Broin engages with regular critic of Sinn Fein. He contrasts the need to build more…

Policing remains an issue for disagreement.

The Irish Times has a report by Frank Millar that may hint at a sticking point for a ‘deal’ which the wider media has, thus far, neglected to mention – the devolution of policing powers. From the briefings, which Frank Millar reports are coming from SF sources, the view is that there will be no more…

Policing: 82 years of disaffection to end?

Sharon O’Neil reports (subs needed) an interesting perspective on yesterday’s meeting between Sinn Fein and the Cheif Constable of the PSNI from historian Eammon Phoenix: “Not since 1922 has a Sinn Fein leader discussed policing with an official representative of the Northern Ireland state. “Craig met Collins and a Catholic recruiting committee was set up more…

Paisley: it's now or never…

The game’s still on, but the Doc is doing his Elvis impression with a final redition of It’s now or never… But will it all end up in Heartbreak Hotel? Give us you own favoured lyrics for Northern Ireland’s latest political song and dance routine?

“Behind the Blue Door”

In light of discussions about sectarianism, this is an excellent piece by the Community Relations Council (2003)that is well worth a read. What Is Sectarianism Anti-sectarianism is a very long word – can we spell it? Paraphrasing the childhood word game underlines the strangeness of the word and our unfamiliarity with the concept. For me more…

belfast metropolitan area plan unveiled

proposals finally published amid claims not ambitious enough. aims for belfast city centre to be prime shopping area with out of town developments curtailed.

Bertie bursts over-optimistic bubble

Despite the optimistic noises from some parties, RTE reports that Taoiseach Bertie Ahern has told the Dáil that “he cannot see short term solutions to at least two items in the Northern Ireland peace talks unless parties significantly move their positions.”[my emphasis] He also, effectively, rules out the possibility of any deal being reached by more…