International working forum in Belfast…

Two of Northern Ireland’s MEPs, Bairbre de Brun and Jim Allister were involved in the launch of an international forum taking place in Belfast this week, with two very different takes on its significance.Allister spoke on the devastation suffered by families whose kids become involved in paramilitaries, a big problem in many loyalist and, increasingly, in mixed community areas.

De Brun concentrated on the importance of increasing early learning provision in order to tackle the problem of educational disadvantage.

Mick 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