Archive | March, 2005

Blogging on radio and television

The BBC sends Kenan Malik in to discover what effect blogs are likely to have on politics in the UK. The Radio Four Quiz is also about blogging. And we hear that The Big Bite on RTE 1 will be looking at the phenomenon in an Irish context next week. Keep an eye out for more…

The troubling memory of Pearse

Patrick Pearse’s most famous words have been removed from the gable end Beechmout (RPG) Avenue: “The Fools, the Fools, the Fools- they have left us our Fenian dead – and while Ireland holds these graves, Ireland unfree shall never be at peace.” Catherine McGlinchey sees it as a sign that classical repubicanism is being slowly more…

Interview with Katherine McCartney

Katherine McCartney with a fascinating interview in the New Statesman. She dismisses their status as brave women as media hype, arguing that gender is irrelevant. Indeed she claims that, “Women helped clean the bar that night. So you can have women who believe very much in human rights and others who can very callously clean more…

Unionist web wars hot up…

IT’S childish, but it’ll probably be one of the few laughs the Ulster Unionists will get this year at the expense of the DUP. Check out the website address on the link after you click. Jim Allister doesn’t sound best pleased.

SDLP doomed by lack of courage

Despite having been a party stalwart for many of the toughest years of the troubles Brian Feeney can hardly be accused of sparing the SDLP’s blushes in along the way. This week is no exception. He just doesn’t see the logic of the party coming in behind West Tyrone’s independent candidate Kieran Deeney. It is, more…

SF’s O Caolain “guaranteed return” on investment in paper

A very interesting report in the Irish Independent. It seems that the Sinn Féin leader in the Dáil, TD Caoimhghin O Caolain canvassed investors for ‘Daily Ireland’ – the “not a Sinn Fein paper or a mouthpiece for any political party”, according to publisher and former SF councillor Mairtin O Muilleoir. However, The Irish Independent more…

Is Britishness dying?

Duncan Hamilton in the Scotsman writes that devolution has weakened British and strengthened Scottish identity and that the next phase of constitutional realignment will not be as a result of a groundswell in Scottish public opinion demanding independence but rather a reaction from England to the disintegration of Britishness and the re-emergence of Englishness”. Is more…

SF/DUP consensus on European Constitution?

Eoin O’Broin was interviewed (sound file) on Morning Ireland this morning in his capacity as a campaigner against the adoption of a formal constitution. Meanwhile, Jeffrey Donaldson puts a similar case for the Brugges Group. Is this a case of a pan Euro nationalist front?

Senior UDA man expelled…

Looks like the UDA appears to be trying to assert some central control over what is believed to be a very decentralised, sometimes chaotic command and control system. Jim ‘Doris Day’ Gray, formerly the ‘Brigadier’ of East Belfast has been expelled. Gray was subject of a gun attack as he was visiting the house of more…

Commenting system change…

After months of waiting, we are finally going to dump typekey. We have something like 600 people registered through TK, only a small number of whom have had the patience and perserverance to get through all the obstacles necessar to actually comment. This should do away with the ‘walled garden’ effect we’ve had. I would more…

No new stadium?

The news that the Maze has been confirmed as the only viable site for a new stadium has been greeting with predictable dismay amongst parts of the sporting community. Rugby and football fans are equally up-in-arms, while GAA fans seem muted on the issue (possibly because they don’t feel ownership of the project). As someone more…

It’s all over now

As if we didn’t already know it, the NI team won’t be heading to Germany for 2006, despite an improved performance and a late defeat to Poland. Perhaps the green and white army can set up some sort of consultancy, teaching other fans something about true support. I didn’t see all of the game tonight, more…

Zoe's got the blues again…

POOR Zoe Salmon can’t win. First she gets accused of using loyalist symbols on children’s TV show ‘Blue Peter’, now she’s at the centre of a discrimination controversy because she’s someone “of a Celtic origin”! Retired teacher Dorian Wood has complained to the Commission for Racial Equality that the BBC was guilty of racial discrimination more…

Unionist web wars hot up…

IT’S childish, but it’ll probably be one of the few laughs the Ulster Unionists will get this year at the expense of the DUP. Check out the website address on the link after you click. Jim Allister doesn’t sound best pleased.

The troubling memory of Pearse

Patrick Pearse’s most famous words have been removed from the gable end Beechmout (RPG) Avenue: “The Fools, the Fools, the Fools- they have left us our Fenian dead – and while Ireland holds these graves, Ireland unfree shall never be at peace.” Catherine McGlinchey sees it as a sign that classical repubicanism is being slowly more…

TD in hot water over Daily Ireland recommendation?

Sam Smyth in the Independent has a story that Sinn Fein’s leader in the Dail sent out letters recommending Daily Ireland as a sound investment. It seems that someone (Caoimhghin O Caolain or DI)got the information wrong. Neither party is claiming responsibility for the mistake!

SF's O Caolain "guaranteed return" on investment in paper

A very interesting report in the Irish Independent. It seems that the Sinn Féin leader in the Dáil, TD Caoimhghin O Caolain canvassed investors for ‘Daily Ireland’ – the “not a Sinn Fein paper or a mouthpiece for any political party”, according to publisher and former SF councillor Mairtin O Muilleoir. However, The Irish Independent more…

SF/DUP consensus on European Constitution?

Eoin O’Broin was interviewed (sound file) on Morning Ireland this morning in his capacity as a campaigner against the adoption of a formal constitution. Meanwhile, Jeffrey Donaldson puts a similar case for the Brugges Group. Is this a case of a pan Euro nationalist front?