Archive | February, 2006

Lessons for Nationalism: “In dreams begin responsibilities”

Tom Kelly draws on past experience and argues that Nationalists must assert practical civic values as well as their vision of a unified all island Republic, which he argues means recognising the right of Unionists to march the streets of Dublin. And he makes good use of a quote from WB Yeats along the way. more…

Ministers broke European law…

THE BBC reports that the Stormont Executive “agreed planning permission for housing, ignoring advice that this would breach European law and cause pollution”. The Executive “favoured the worst possible environmental option when faced with a possible planning clampdown”, and Northern Ireland taxpayers now face paying a massive fine for this breach of European law. Useful more…

Flashmob coverage comes of age…

The significance of the riots in Dublin may be less to do with politics, than with the media and the capacity of what Indymedia calls flashmob coverage to drill into detail in a way that the mainstream cannot do on their own. Blogs may have just discovered their capacity in time for the run into more…

Ormeau Baths Gallery to close!

The Arts Council has decided to close the Ormeau Baths Art Gallery. One concerned artist writes with an appeal to protest it tomorrow at 1pm outside the Gallery itself in Ormeau Avenue. Tomorrow is also the scheduled closure date!! Local art enthusiasts will know that the Ormeau Baths is the only Gallery in Northern Ireland more…

Fallout from the Dublin riot…

HENRY McDonald thinks Saturday’s riot in Dublin will mean the postponement of the British monarch’s first visit to the Irish capital since partition, which could have happened this summer. Meanwhile, RTE reports that the Irish Justice Minister has just briefed Ministers that “garda√≠ had no reason to expect the violence that erupted in protest at more…

Looking for Lisa, one year on…

IT’S a year since the murder of Lisa Dorrian, whose body has never been found. Her family have a website dedicated to trying to find Lisa’s body, and anyone with information can leave it confidentially there.

Whatabout... Voltaire for instance

Whatabout… Voltaire for instance

Well at least some of the marchers got through to the gates of Leinster House, so I guess that was a moral victory of sorts. The Dublin riots are certainly not the end of history. Riots are scary and unpredictable. And hell to get caught up in. Enraged individuals take leave of their senses and more…

Gardai taken by surprise…

According to the Republic’s Minister for Justice Michael McDowell, the Gardai had no idea that such an action was in the offing and consequently were not ready for the riot when it took place. Amid growing criticism by Opposition TDs and Garda representative bodies about the level of Garda preparation for the event, the Taoiseach more…

DUP man’s sectarian attacker faces jail…

THE BBC reports that a man has been found guilty of assaulting the DUP East Antrim MP Sammy Wilson in Belfast. The magistrate said because of aggravating factors – including the “element of hatred involved”” – there was a possibility that O’Kane, who has no criminal record, could go to prison. I bet no-one thought more…

It’s All Mary McAleese’s Fault: Frazer

Today’s Newsletter contains a headline accusation from Willie Frazer that Mary McAleese and Fr. Alex Reid were to blame for Saturday’s riot in Dublin. Not adverse from using inflammatory language himself, apparently Mr. Frazer sees a link between comments attributed to both individuals and the events of Saturday in Dublin. He does not, however, say more…

Live by the sword die by the sword?

Andrew McCann’s talking points have caused me some discomfort in the past, but today’s must cause some difficulty for those who would wish to challenge it. It’s certainly one for the normal nationalist parties to ponder on considering the planned celebration of the Easter rebellion this year.

Philip K Dick is missing

There really isn’t much more to say than that.. and I stole that line from the article.. oh.. via William Gibson who adds – “Can’t. Make. It. Up.”.. Indeed.

The Tipping Point?

An interesting addition to the ranks of [high profile] bloggers.. Malcolm Gladwell, author of The Tipping Point: How Little Things Make a Big Difference and Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking explains why, despite saying that he would never have the time to maintain a blog, he’s changed his mind – Mea Culpa

Dodgy references for Commission member

Don MacKay’s appointment to the Parade’s Commision was already controversial, as he’s a member of the Royal Black and Orange Institution.. but it’s even more so now. SDLP MLA Dolores Kelly has stated that, despite Mr MacKay citing her as a referee in his application to the Commission, she had never been approached by him more…

Not in the public interest – Redux

The controversy over the abrupt ending of the trial of Denis Donaldson and two others in relation to a spy-ring at Stormont continues, with the Belfast Telegraph reporting a letter from the private secretary of the Secretary of State for Wales and Northern Ireland, Peter Hain, in response to a number of local councils requesting more…

“We’re all in this together” – Peter Hain

Another week, another two year funding package announced by the Secretary of State for Wales and Northern Ireland, Peter Hain [should we be reading something into that 2-year time-frame? – Ed]. This time a �59million package, the Environment & Renewable Energy Fund, that will attempt to create a market for renewable energy in Northern Ireland. more…

Fail to prepare? Prepare to fail

Irish Justice Minister Michael McDowell has said there will be an inquiry into the rioting in Dublin on Saturday and that a full report from the Garda Commissioner Noel Conroy will be put before the Cabinet on Tuesday. I hope he can then come out and explain to the rest of us why An Garda more…