Archive | June, 2005

McCartney statements to be undisclosed

The court hearing the case against the two men charged with the killing of Robert McCartney heard from a witness who stated that nine men who “seemed to have weapons” followed Robert McCartney into the street before he was stabbed. The Crown lawyer Gordon Kerr, QC successfully appealed for the details of the statements to more…

Race less a factor than culture of violence?

Though it’s always hard to quantify such things, the apparent growth in race-related crime in Northern Ireland has disturbed many. Mary O’Hara in the Guardian has been back to the city recently and provides a thoughtful, thought-provoking analysis. In particular she suggests that the reason for the crime may not actually matter to the perpetrators. more…

PR first, rewriting history next

Patrick Murphy in the Irish News, helpfully transcribed by Newshound, asserts that the PIRA has already decided what its statement will say.. and that the dance has already begun. He argues that the current PR make-over will merge into a more insidious process by a Provisional Movement in pursuit of political power – “For its more…

Seventeen police stations to close

Whilst the closure of rural police stations is viewed with nervousness and even anger amongst most unionists, the SDLP has long advocated it as being in line with modern policing methods which use mobile communications and releasing more personnel for work on the ground. Direct rule minister Shaun Woodward is forcing the issue. But it’s more…

Five sent to jail over pipeline protest

Shell seems to have a penchant for getting its PR wrong. Many believe its case for sinking the Brent Spar oil rig was environmentally sound, but that it lost the PR battle because the public placed greater trust in Greenpeace. Now it has egg on its face again. After having won a court order restraining more…

IRA stand down would end Republican gaffes?

It’s fairly typical that in June there is little to report in Northern Ireland beyond the usual disturbance, or as it was last year, a comparitive absence of trouble. Sport and international conferences will no doubt give us something to talk about this summer, and of course we are expecting the outcome of the ‘Adams more…

Parades Commission should not be bargined for

It seems that Reg Empey’s declared focus on parade issues is being fought on a broader front than we are used to seeing from his party. A promising start for joined up leadership? East Belfast UUP MLA Michael Copeland has said that the future of the Parades Commission should not be used as a bargining more…

ICC Cricket Tournament

the 2005 icc trophy which is being hosted locally starts tomorrow. opening ceremony today- thursday. 12 teams including ireland are involved with the top five qualifying for the cricket world cup in west indies in 2007.the opening phase games are being hosted in northern ireland with the latter stages in dublin.

Pride and parades…

ONLY in Northern Ireland would a gay pride march require permission from the Parades Commission, a body set up to take decisions on a different type of testosterone-fuelled parade.The BBC reported: Jonathan Larner of the protest group “Stop the Parade” said it was “offensive”. “Our outlook on this parade is a wholly peaceful one, we more…

Race less a factor than culture of violence?

Though it’s always hard to quantify such things, the apparent growth in race-related crime in Northern Ireland has disturbed many. Mary O’Hara in the Guardian has been back to the city recently and provides a thoughtful, thought-provoking analysis. In particular she suggests that the reason for the crime may not actually matter to the perpetrators. more…

Seventeen police stations to close

Whilst the closure of rural police stations is viewed with nervousness and even anger amongst most unionists, the SDLP has long advocated it as being in line with modern policing methods which use mobile communications and releasing more personnel for work on the ground. Direct rule minister Shaun Woodward is forcing the issue. But it’s more…

PR first, rewriting history next

Patrick Murphy in the Irish News, helpfully transcribed by Newshound, asserts that the PIRA has already decided what its statement will say.. and that the dance has already begun. He argues that the current PR make-over will merge into a more insidious process by a Provisional Movement in pursuit of political power – “For its more…

Parades Commission should not be bargined for

It seems that Reg Empey’s declared focus on parade issues is being fought on a broader front than we are used to seeing from his party. A promising start for joined up leadership? East Belfast UUP MLA Michael Copeland has said that the future of the Parades Commission should not be used as a bargining more…

McCartney statements to be undisclosed

The court hearing the case against the two men charged with the killing of Robert McCartney heard from a witness who stated that nine men who “seemed to have weapons” followed Robert McCartney into the street before he was stabbed. The Crown lawyer Gordon Kerr, QC successfully appealed for the details of the statements to more…

IRA stand down would end Republican gaffes?

It’s fairly typical that in June there is little to report in Northern Ireland beyond the usual disturbance, or as it was last year, a comparitive absence of trouble. Sport and international conferences will no doubt give us something to talk about this summer, and of course we are expecting the outcome of the ‘Adams more…

ICC Cricket Tournament

the 2005 icc trophy which is being hosted locally starts tomorrow. opening ceremony today- thursday. 12 teams including ireland are involved with the top five qualifying for the cricket world cup in west indies in 2007. the opening phase games are being hosted in northern ireland with the latter stages in dublin.

Five sent to jail over pipeline protest

Shell seems to have a penchant for getting its PR wrong. Many believe its case for sinking the Brent Spar oil rig was environmentally sound, but that it lost the PR battle because the public placed greater trust in Greenpeace. Now it has egg on its face again. After having won a court order restraining more…

Now it’s Microsoft XP as Gaeilge

Hot on the heels of Irish becoming an official EU language, Microsoft has launched Irish language packs for its Windows XP and Office 2003, in partnership with Foras na Gaeilge. Workers in Microsoft’s Irish offices volunteered their time to do the localisation work, which involved translating over 600,000 terms. The packs are available for download more…

McBride case to go to Europe…

JEAN McBride is to appeal to the European Court of Human Rights after her latest bid to have the convicted murderers who killed her son thrown out of the Army. It’s intensely embarrassing for a Government that throws out soldiers guilty of smoking a spliff to retain convicted murderers in its ranks, but the Army more…

Somewhere… over the rainbow…

Irish Eagle swoops on Thomas L. Friedman’s article in the NY Times – “The End of the Rainbow” – in which Friedman suggests a narrative for “How Ireland went from the sick man of Europe to the rich man in less than a generation..” I say suggests because, as Ciarán points out, as well as more…