Agallamh le Robert Fisk ar

Tá agallamh fada ag Robert McMillen le Robert Fisk san iris Idirlín na míosa seo. I measc ceisteanna ar saol agus saothar Fisk, ceistíonn McMillen é faoi thuaisceart Éireann. Ag leanúint ar aghaidh óna leabhar sárdhíola ‘Pity The Nation: Lebanon at War’ ó 1990, tá leabhar eile foilsithe ag Fisk le déanaí. Ta leabhar ollmhór scríofa ag Fisk dar teideal The Great War for Civilisation: The Conquest Of the Middle East agus is é is fearr atá cáilithe lena … Read more

New Parades Commission members

Once again the BBC pre-empts an official announcment, expected tomorrow, to report that the new Parades Commission Chairman, taking the place of Sir Anthony Holland, is to be Roger Poole, a former trade unionist who was involved in the formation of Unison. In addition they report that a former candidate for the Woman’s Coalition, Ann Monaghan, has also been appointed to the Commission, along with two other women, out of a total membership of six commissioners and a chairman. As … Read more

Nesbitt on Best

Cyberscribe has the Jimmy Nesbitt Independent/BelTel remembrance of Best, complete with the goal that should have been against Gordon Banks and his last great comic move, the nutmeging of Cruyff.

OTR legislation a non starter?

Three prominent ‘nationalist’ victims groups according to PA, outlined a number of concerns about the Northern Ireland (Offences) Bill. They are not happy, for not entirely dissimilar reasons that ‘unionist’ victims groups are not happy. The legislation will limit the degree to which any relative will have access to details of the true circumstances of the death of their loved ones. Relatives for Justice, the Pat Finucane Centre and Justice for the Forgotten, are concerned that the British Government alone … Read more

this year-long party in their own honour

It’s rare to see a Professor of History prepared to excuse historical amnesia, but in this article on the OpenDemocracy website, Prof Richard English seems to be saying just that, although I’m not sure that those he excuses will be fully supportive. On a similar theme to the previous OpenDemocracy article on Loyalism’s cultural identity, if less detailed, he focuses on the importance of the cultural aspects of identification with Arthur Griffith’s Sinn Féinism and assesses the 21st Century Sinn … Read more

Reasons to be careful (part 2)

Yep, its the Press Plagiarist of the Year Award, also known as the Cut and Paste Awards, after a memorable quote from the Daily Mail. Alan Connor digs deeper into the unspoken relationship between bloggers and journos. Thanks for the heads up Stephen. Now get voting. Adds: How the Mail on Sunday robbed a copper. 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

Belfast booked up for Best funeral

There’s to be restriction of numbers actually inside Stormont, and there are no beds left in Belfast if you were planning to make it home to pay your last respects. 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

On suspect terrorism legislation…

Danny Morrison reveals a fascinating undercover game that took place throughout the troubles to highlight some of the difficulties he believes are inherent in the Terrorism Bill going through the Westminster parliament just now.By Danny Morrison Radio Ulster’s ‘Arts Extra’ – one of local BBC’s best programmes – had an item on last week about the Terrorism Bill currently making its way through Westminster. The presenter, Marie-Louise Muir, interviewed John Gray of the Linenhall Library about that part of the … Read more

Waterfront to close for three months

This is a shocker. The flagship Waterfront Hall (which took over 20 years in the planning) is to close because its stage equipment is worn out after only nine years in place. A long time Sluggerregular Chris Stalford is Chair of the Waterfront Board and is not happy! 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 … Read more

A blast from the past…

SINN Fein MLA Francis Brolly has been arrested by the PSNI for questioning about the IRA bombing of Claudy in 1972, which claimed nine lives. The Claudy case will be one to watch, as there were major suspicions of a cover-up afterwards. While the politician’s arrest yesterday confirms nothing, there are unanswered questions about the involvement of Father James Chesney, Martin McGuinness’s position in the IRA at the time, and the secretive meeting between the Secretary of State and the … Read more

Timing is everything…

THE Prime Minister has promised the relatives of the Omagh bomb victims that those responsible for the atrocity will not be given an amnesty. However, if the bombing had happened about four months earlier Blair wouldn’t have been able to give that assurance – and those behind the worst single slaughter of the Troubles wouldn’t be facing a day in jail, even if caught… Kinda makes you think. Belfast Gonzo

The nuclear option…

IT’S not just Greenpeace that’s unhappy with Tony Blair’s enthusiasm for nuclear power – there were rumblings of discontent in Ireland today too. Blair argues that its not as bad for the environment as fossil fuels, and perhaps Ireland isn’t in much of a position to preach… Belfast Gonzo

Best in the Gaeltacht…

Or, the day George delayed Fr Michael Sweeney’s Mass: just for the Donegal ones reading. 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

Single identity road to disaster

Interesting op ed by Amartya Sen in the FT which attacks the single identity approach to culture and politics. He argues: A single-focus approach is a good way of misunderstanding nearly everyone in the world. In our normal lives, we see ourselves as members of a variety of groups. The same person can be a British citizen, of West Indian origin, of African ancestry, a Muslim, a vegetarian, a socialist, a woman, a jazz lover, a teacher and a mathematician. … Read more

Colún nua seachtainiúil ag An tImeall i Lá

D’iarr Mick orm blogáil a dhéanamh ar scéalta a bhaineann leis an nGaeilge do Slugger, mar sin seo ceann suimiúil chun tús a chur leis. Má tá nodanna agaibh dom faoi scéalta atá bainteach leis an dteanga, seolaigí chugam iad le bhúr dtoil ag cathal.ofoirreidh ag Mick has kindly asked me to blog stories related to the Irish language on Slugger, so here’s one to start me off. I plan to blog stories in both Irish and English, and … Read more

someone’s not happy..

Simon Jenkins clearly struck a nerve with his “blathering Secretary of State for Wales and Northern Ireland” line in the Guardian, which I noted previously. So much so that said blathering Secretary of State took time out of his busy schedule to respond in the Letters page today, and accuses Simon Jenkins of ranting.. he also invokes “The cause of peace” rather than submit to the moral scrutiny that Jenkins suggested was necessary. Pete Baker

absence of justice is a fundamental obstacle

An interesting article in the Guardian on the reaction of East Timorese President, Xanana Gusmao, to the report by the nation’s Reception, Truth and Reconciliation Commission – established in 2002. Far from welcoming the recommendations it contains he has criticised the commissioners for their “grandiose idealism” and, according to the Guardian, “recommended that the 2,500-page document not be made public, implying that it would not be in the national interest to do so.” In relation to matters closer to home … Read more

a complacent and sedentary club

In the Irish Examiner, Fergus Finlay reacts with something close to incredulity to the effusive tributes to Liam Lawlor in the Dáil last week. He says that he will have suggestions for reforming the club next week and wonders, and worries, about what they’ll have to say when the time comes for Dáil Eireann to go through the same charade about Charles J Haughey.From the Irish Examiner – I’m sure they believed all this. No doubt Liam Lawlor was a … Read more

McDowell invokes state immunity

Michael McDowell employed an state immunity defence in a libel action taken by the managing editor of the Andersonstown Newspaper Group Mairtin O’Muilleoir, on the basis that a remark made by the minister put him in danger of assassination. The judge has reserved his judgement. We may have a long wait to see this denoument of this one. Mick FealtyMick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider … Read more