Trimble to pick up few Catholic votes

Dolores Kelly Dolores Kelly is running for the SDLP in Trimble’s Upper Bann constituency. Last time out she came in fourth place with 7,607 or 14.9% of the vote – some way behind Sinn Fein’s Dara O’Hagan. O’Hagan is not running this time. Locally at least she sees some signs of improvement.In previous years they couldn’t get anyone from the Garvaghy Road to run for them. This year they have Elaine Sterrit, a 23 year old newly qualified nurse running. … Read more

Moral guidance…

WRITING on the former Pope’s death, Michael Fitzpatrick thinks that Catholicism may be in the ascendency as a source of moral authority – both in the UK and globally – he also argues that the “doctrines of Catholicism provide no solutions to the terrestrial problems of the new millennium. Belfast Gonzohttp://sluggerotoole.com

The medium and the message…

IT’S probably sacrilege to link to this, but Martyn Perks isn’t convinced that blogging by politicians isn’t the most effective way of communicating a political message. While converts like Ian Duncan Smith may believe an MP’s blog can perform a similar role to the old town hall meetings of the past, and Karl Rove believes that the national conversation is being democratised, Perks doesn’t think they can be held accountable through such a medium.Perks writes: Although today’s webloggers are from … Read more

Will the election change anything?

Will it mean long stalement between the DUP and Sinn Fein? Alex Kane thinks not: “…both parties will quickly pick up from where they left off last December”. And he doesn’t think that Tony Blair “will go away you know”.By Alex Kane So, three weeks into the campaign and five days from the election itself, how has it been for you? Did the earth move for you as the various suitors plied you with literature, broadcasts, debates and doorknockers? Was … Read more

…and I feel fine

Try again, fail better. Yesterday’s attempt at humour fell a little flat.. so here we go again.. another shameless pilfering, this time from Caoimheb.. It’s, possibly, The End of the World.. assuming the Vogon construction fleet doesn’t get here first.. Pete Baker

Time to tackle Northern Ireland’s economic decline

Former Taoiseach Garret Fitzgerald, writing in the Irish Times (subs needed), says it’s time for Northern Ireland’s politicians to turn their attentions towards reversing the relative decline of the region between the rest of the Irish Republic and the UK saying now “in some important aspects it is akin to the East German basket case; above all in the debilitating scale of its economic and financial dependence on the larger neighbour to which it is politically linked.”Fitzgerald points out the … Read more

Kate Hoey endorses Arlene Foster..

Kate Hoey’s endorsement Pete Baker has used his scanner to bring us the news that Labour backbencher Kate Hoey has endorsed the DUP challenger in Fermanagh South Tyrone. 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

Slugger’s election poster campaign!!

Picking up two way traffic Lamp posts here are festooned with an array of posters of all shapes and sizes. And they are having an effect, even on the very young. One proud grandmother told Slugger about three year old Lucy who calls out the candidates names as she passes them: Naomi Long, Gerry Kelly, Reg Empey, and David Olderdice. “And there’s Peter Robinson – sure he’s everywhere!” We’re starting our own collection of posters. If you have a digital … Read more

Is this the way to Donaghcloney?

Last night I paid my first visit to the Upper Bann constituency, starting in Lurgan with the SDLP, then onto the affluent Portadown Killycomaine Road area with the DUP and then finally got lost in the Drumlin country that holds such towns as Gilford, Lawrencetown, Magheralin, Blackscull and even Waringstown in a vain attempt to catch up with David Trimble in Donaghcloney. By the time I got there it was getting dark, and himself and the UUP canvassers had gone … Read more

Sinn Féin Launches manifesto

The Sinn Féin Website carries a speech by Mitchel McLoughlin, Real and lasting peace is the most important issue facing the Irish people today, given at the launch of Westminster election manifesto, available to download in pdf form here.Ananova quotes Gerry Adams on the manifesto, Sinn Fein launches manifesto, “We’re interested in persuading people on the basis of this. “It argues for initiatives, for example, like Westminster MPs should have the right to go to the Dail (the Irish Republic’s … Read more

Will the election change anything?

Will it mean long stalement between the DUP and Sinn Fein? Alex Kane thinks not: “…both parties will quickly pick up from where they left off last December”. And he doesn’t think that Tony Blair “will go away you know”. By Alex Kane So, three weeks into the campaign and five days from the election itself, how has it been for you? Did the earth move for you as the various suitors plied you with literature, broadcasts, debates and doorknockers? … Read more

Trimble to pick up few Catholic votes

Dolores Kelly In previous years they couldn’t get anyone from the Garvaghy Road to run for them. This year they have Elaine Sterrit, a 23 year old newly qualified nurse running. Initially she took some verbal abuse, which stopped after Dolores took it up with Gerry Adams. This accords with a lightening of attitudes, with the UUP going into hardline Loyalist areas like Mourneview estate. But that hasn’t improved Unionist chances of borrowing nationalist votes. She told Slugger: In the … Read more

Time to tackle Northern Ireland's economic decline

Former Taoiseach Garret Fitzgerald, writing in the Irish Times (subs needed), says it’s time for Northern Ireland’s politicians to turn their attentions towards reversing the relative decline of the region between the rest of the Irish Republic and the UK saying now “in some important aspects it is akin to the East German basket case; above all in the debilitating scale of its economic and financial dependence on the larger neighbour to which it is politically linked.” Fitzgerald points out … Read more

Slugger's election poster campaign!!

Picking up two way traffic Lamp posts here are festooned with an array of posters of all shapes and sizes. And they are having an effect, even on the very young. One proud grandmother told Slugger about three year old Lucy who calls out the candidates names as she passes them: Naomi Long, Gerry Kelly, Reg Empey, and David Olderdice. “And there’s Peter Robinson – sure he’s everywhere!” We’re starting our own collection of posters. If you have a digital … Read more

Moral guidance…

WRITING on the former Pope’s death, Michael Fitzpatrick thinks that Catholicism may be in the ascendency as a source of moral authority – both in the UK and globally – he also argues that the “doctrines of Catholicism provide no solutions to the terrestrial problems of the new millennium. 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 … Read more

Kate Hoey endorses Arlene Foster..

Kate Hoey’s endorsement Pete Baker has used his scanner to bring us the news that Labour backbencher Kate Hoey has endorsed the DUP challenger in Fermanagh South Tyrone. 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 … Read more

The medium and the message…

IT’S probably sacrilege to link to this, but Martyn Perks isn’t convinced that blogging by politicians isn’t the most effective way of communicating a political message. While converts like Ian Duncan Smith may believe an MP’s blog can perform a similar role to the old town hall meetings of the past, and Karl Rove believes that the national conversation is being democratised, Perks doesn’t think they can be held accountable through such a medium. Perks writes: Although today’s webloggers are … Read more

Is this the way to Donaghcloney?

Last night I paid my first visit to the Upper Bann constituency, starting in Lurgan with the SDLP, then onto the affluent Portadown Killycomaine Road area with the DUP and then finally got lost in the Drumlin country that holds such towns as Gilford, Lawrencetown, Magheralin, Blackscull and even Waringstown in a vain attempt to catch up with David Trimble in Donaghcloney. By the time I got there it was getting dark, and himself and the UUP canvassers had gone … Read more

Dolores Kelly

Dolores Kelly Originally uploaded by Mick Fealty. 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. But above all, remember, Play the … Read more

…and I feel fine

Try again, fail better. Yesterday’s attempt at humour fell a little flat.. so here we go again.. another shameless pilfering, this time from Caoimheb.. It’s, possibly, The End of the World.. assuming the Vogon construction fleet doesn’t get here first.. 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