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 remain undisclosed. Note: On Slugger, all commenting is suspended on this controversial case but you can still send us views by email. However, we intend … Read 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. It may simply be that it has become the norm in some parts of the community. Thanks to Mark for the heads up!She draws on … Read 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 successful transformation from paramilitary to para-political it must pursue three inter-linked strands of spin – claim continuity of structure; reinforce its assertion of victory and, … Read 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 also hard not to wonder whether this an initial move in this summer’s choreography? Mick FealtyMick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers … Read 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 five local residents from obstructing work on the Shell Corrib gas pipeline, the residents have now been jailed indefinitely for contempt of court. Update: Local … Read 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 Initiative’ (a neat branding effort to push the now retired John Hume to the peace process background?). Noel Whelan anticipates the benefits of a stood … Read 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 chip in future negotiations. Mick FealtyMick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the … Read 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. Philip Weir

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 find the whole parade morally offensive,” he said. “As evangelical Christians we believe what the bible says regarding sodomy – that it is a sin … Read 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. It may simply be that it has become the norm in some parts of the community. Thanks to Mark for the heads up! She draws … Read 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 also hard not to wonder whether this an initial move in this summer’s choreography? adminA slightly inhuman presence that bans bad comments and works late … Read 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 successful transformation from paramilitary to para-political it must pursue three inter-linked strands of spin – claim continuity of structure; reinforce its assertion of victory and, … Read 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 chip in future negotiations. adminA slightly inhuman presence that bans bad comments and works late at night to remove the wrinkles in Slugger’s technical carpet. … Read 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 remain undisclosed. Note: On Slugger, all commenting is suspended on this controversial case but you can still send us views by email. However, we intend … Read 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 Initiative’ (a neat branding effort to push the now retired John Hume to the peace process background?). Noel Whelan anticipates the benefits of a stood … Read 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. 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 … Read 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 five local residents from obstructing work on the Shell Corrib gas pipeline, the residents have now been jailed indefinitely for contempt of court. Update: Local … Read 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 from Microsoft Ireland George

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 seems to have the rest of the State over a barrel on this issue. Belfast Gonzohttp://sluggerotoole.com

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 the dubious assessment of comparative wealth, there are other factors attracting the likes of Dell that are not specifically mentioned. John puts his narrative forward … Read more