Secret of good leadership is in the timing…

A sharp but not entirely complementary analysis of the leadership qualities of Gerry Adams from Malachi O’Doherty on Hearts and Minds last night. The programme contains a good analysis session with Noel Doran, Martina Purdy and David McKitterick. 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

Ethics, the media and politics: your questions?

Third post today on the Media Conference in Derry, but we now have the names of the media panel on next Friday night. If you can’t get along, you have a chance to put your questions to: Pat McArt, editor of the Derry Journal, Paul McFadden from the BBC, Malachi O Doherty, former editor of Fortnight, and Poilin Ni Chiarian, Northern correspondent of Foinse. A selection of your questions will be asked from the floor of the event in Derry. … Read more

Rossport five to get out…?

A deal may be breaking that gets the Rossport five out of jail before they spend their hundredth night inside for contempt of court. Lot’s of activity down at the High Court in Dublin. 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

Friends of Sinn Fein

Martin has gone off to America to persuade Irish Americans to be “elated” (according to todays IN) at the IRAs recent surrender. I understand that Gerry will be off to the European Parliament next Wedensday for an “informal question and answer” session with MEPs. Alas, rumour has it, the President and Vice President of the Commission have refused a meeting. As have the leaders of the EPP-ED, the Socalist and Liberal groups! This leaves the extreme left (which includes the … Read more

Decommissioning: they said it would never happen…

On 10th May 1998 just after the Belfast Agreement, Gerry Adams told his party’s Ard Fheis that “The IRA has made it clear that it will not surrender its weapons”. And Danny Morrison as recently as 2001 felt confident enough to state “…there will never, ever, be IRA decommissioning, an IRA surrender.” Throughout however, one consistent voice of dissent has been Anthony McIntyre, who now reflects on the significance decommissioning in the wake of Monday’s press conference. Mick FealtyMick is … Read more

Welcome to (African) reality…

Davy Adams with an important corrective to the view that Northern Ireland in any way represents the intractable harshness of reality. 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

Just the two stripes, not three?!

More scepticism on Sinn Fein’s intentions for the future from William Sjostrum, who sees a (presumably unintended) significance in a flag he saw in Dublin last weekend. Although, personally, I’ve never heard of the two striped flag he’s refering to. Update: Ah, William, you may just have gotten it wrong after all – thanks Henry! 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 … Read more

Decommissioning: cause for celebration or ploy?

It’s not often that Perry over at Samizdata weighs a political situation and finds himself being equivocal. But in considering the announcement of the IRA’s decommissioning, he can’t make up his mind what it actually means. 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

Why the truth matters…

As a warmer for any of you planning to hit Derry next weekend, for the debate about politics and journalism. Excellent review by Jerry Fodor in this week’s Times Literary Supplement of a dense but pertinent philosophical argument by Simon Blackburn in favour of using the relatively simple semantic concept of truth rather than weighing every statement in only terms of its presuppositions, origin and bias. It may hurt the head a bit, but worth persevering with.Nice little parable, on … Read more

Waiting for the Royalty Check.. and other songs

I noted Van Morrison’s 60th Birthday at the end of August, now this.. from M Ellis Conroy. The young 22 year-old Van’s most reluctant session. Personal favourite – The Big Royalty Check[mp3 file]. As WFMU Station Manager Ken describes it – “In order to fulfill his obligation to his early solo label Bang Records,Van Morrison sat down in 1967 or so and cranked out 31 songs on the spot, on topics ranging from ringworm to wanting a danish, to hating … Read more

Future holds no certainity of success

Paul Arthur in yesterday’s Irish Times notes that most analysis of recent political developments is largely overly focused on the short term (Subs needed) choreography of the two main parties. But looked at in the light of longer term trends, he argues, Unionism still lacks a proactive leadership, and Republicans are still in denial.The current political and media pressure on the DUP masks the success of that party on a number of fronts: Despite Ian Paisley’s posturing, the word “No” … Read more

Adams pulling in alongside Clinton?

Harry Browne is an ex pat American journalist who lectures in media studies at DIT. His views are often interesting because they are from outside that of the media establishment. In Counterpunch he has an interesting take on the changes in Adams’s strategy in the US, and detects an allignment with Hillary Clinton’s expected bid for the US presidency in 2008. Adams, who was briefly the IRA chief of staff in the 1970s, is now a bearded visage for the … Read more

Time for bombast is over…

Jude Collins believes the IRA has turned the tables on the DUP. It now puts demands on the DUP to find new more nuanced responses in dealing with Sinn Fein in the run up to the second IMC report in January. 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

There’s no Fs in ethics…

The Social Study Conference at the Tower Hotel in Derry next week. They’ll be putting the media under the microscope and asking several pertinent questions, including: are politicians and governments at the mercy of journalists?; are journalists at the mercy of the demands of media moguls?; who exactly is running the country?It’s a varied The programme including inputs from Eammon McCann and Malachi O’Doherty. A “Have I got views for you” session rounds it off on Saturday. The organisers have … Read more

Italian hallians…

IN the last issue of Fortnight (though this article isn’t online), there was an eye-witness report of the Ardoyne riots on July 12. The anonymous author wrote that a group of Italian Fascists turned up on the nationalist side for a while. Strange one. Anyone know anything about this – or is it just further evidence of Paisley’s global Catholic conspiracy?! ;o)The eye witness wrote: Among the crowd of residents, journalists and observers, a group of Italian Fascists wearing Northern … Read more

A right gulpin…

FOR those with access to the Belfast Telegraph archive (…because I forgot to write this while it was still free – oops), David Gordon recently took an in depth look at the extent of spending within the Ulster Scots Agency. Wining, dining, taxis to Dublin – yet the good Lord Laird appears remarkably unperturbed about how he throws your money around. Let’s not forget, this was the same man who rather conveniently resigned as Chairman of the Agency last year, … Read more

Why the truth matters…

As a warmer for any of you planning to hit Derry next weekend, for the debate about politics and journalism. Excellent review by Jerry Fodor in this week’s Times Literary Supplement of a dense but pertinent philosophical argument by Simon Blackburn in favour of using the relatively simple semantic concept of truth rather than weighing every statement in only terms of its presuppositions, origin and bias. It may hurt the head a bit, but worth persevering with. Nice little parable, … Read more

Welcome to (African) reality…

Davy Adams with an important corrective to the view that Northern Ireland in any way represents the intractable harshness of reality. 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 … Read more

Waiting for the Royalty Check.. and other songs

I noted Van Morrison’s 60th Birthday at the end of August, now this.. from M Ellis Conroy. The young 22 year-old Van’s most reluctant session. Personal favourite – The Big Royalty Check[mp3 file]. As WFMU Station Manager Ken describes it – “In order to fulfill his obligation to his early solo label Bang Records,Van Morrison sat down in 1967 or so and cranked out 31 songs on the spot, on topics ranging from ringworm to wanting a danish, to hating … Read more

Time for bombast is over…

Jude Collins believes the IRA has turned the tables on the DUP. It now puts demands on the DUP to find new more nuanced responses in dealing with Sinn Fein in the run up to the second IMC report in January. 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 … Read more