Archive | May, 2006

McDowell live in the Seanad

Michael McDowell is making a statement to the Seanad (live) on the Supreme Court’s judgement last week and that has led to one previously convicted rapist Mr A potentially to be freed under a subsidiary judgement from the High Court. Session to continue to 8.15.

Between a meme and a hard place…

El Matador flags up an interesting story on how Tim O’Reilly has served a cease and desist order (details here) on an IT group in Cork for using a conference brand name already coined and claimed by him. The whole stink raised by the controversary has brought a conciliatory post from Tim (via Bohanna) at more…

Quote of the week…

AFTER a man was shot by an electric stun gun (also known a taser) recently in Belfast, a PSNI spokeswoman said: “The victim remains shocked by his experience”. Nice.

Bizarre. Indeed

Meanwhile, the Secretary of State’s legal representative, on behalf of the NIO, on behalf of etc.. is at the Court of Appeal today. Contesting the High Court ruling on the appointment procedure followed by the NIO, and the Secretary of State, which resulted in Don MacKay and David Burrows appointed to the Parades Commission. The more…

Mr Hain?.. about the PUP member on the Policing Board..

The initial political focus has, rightly, been on how the attempted murder of Mark Haddock will affect the UUP/PUP Faustian pact – should it be proven to have been carried out, as is most likely, by the UVF. The UUP leader Reg Empey has been defending that pact on BBC Radio Ulster’s Talkback today, where more…

UUP’s cause for concern…

Although it was written for last Saturday, Alex Kane’s Newsletter column is probably even less welcome today in Cunningham House that it was back then. It speaks for itself.By Alex Kane The decision to bring David Ervine into the Ulster Unionist’s Assembly Group has given me more cause for concern, and more pause for thought, more…

Welcome to the Maze!!

Owen Bowcott has the details of the plans for the redevelopment of the Maze (aka Long Kesh) Prison site announced by David Hanson yesterday: The 360-acre development, near Lisburn, Co Antrim, is scheduled to include a 42,000-seat sports stadium, a multi-screen cinema, an upmarket hotel, restaurants, an indoor equestrian centre, an “international centre for conflict more…

South using North as a dumping ground?

Interesting snippet from Hansard sent to us by reader Leslie: Between March last year and February, 14,619 tonnes of waste from the Republic of Ireland were legally moved to Northern Ireland, with a “significant proportion” eventually ending up in Great Britain. However, estimates suggest that between October 2002 and the end of 2004, 250,000 tonnes more…

The Challenge of Change

Newry and Mourne District Council are organising this Challenge of Change conference next week, ‘exploring the concept of diversity in a society still struggling with division’. The Three Day Convention, organised by Newry and Mourne District Council Belfast City Council, and Louth Council County Council, will be facilitated by Mediation Northern Ireland. To provoke creative more…

Loach defends ‘anti-British’ Palme d’Or winner…

CANNES’ Palme D’Or winner Ken Loach has been accused of having an anti-British agenda, after critics claimed his film ‘The Wind That Shakes The Barley’ was the “most pro-IRA film ever” and is “designed to drag the reputation of our nation through the mud”. In the Daily Mail, Ruth Dudley Edwards writes that Loach’s purpose more…

Lady Penelope decides

With all the fuss about spies in the IRA, this little piece in the Sunday Life went almost unnoticed. Lady Sylvia is said to be denying rumours that she is set to leave the UUP. The potential break-up is of course related to the UUP/PUP agreement which she says caused her ‘deep distress’. It may more…

Test the Nation hits Ireland

Looks like RTE has decided to run with an Irish version of the highly popular and successful BBC Quiz programme. The channel is advertising a three hour long Test the Nation for Monday 5th June, which will put questions to a studio audience- as well as registered viewers nationwide- about events which occurred in Ireland more…

UUP/UVF to blame for shooting?

The speculation is mounting that the paramiltary organisation linked to a member of the Ulster Unionist Assembly party committed this afternoon’s shooting in Mossley. Shall we await with baited breath the imminent announcement of an emergency IMC Report? What prospect is there of fines being introduced for the political party in question? And are those more…

Allister's ambitious target

Allister’s ambitious target

Jim Allister has been trying to earn his wages this week. He has submitted three policy papers arguing that Northern Ireland should receive £1billion of the £6.2bn EU spending earmarked for all of the United Kingdom. The reports cover the future of Structural Funds, Peace III and support for East-West initiatives. Interestingly, the economic issues more…

Loyalist agent shot in Belfast…

THE top loyalist shot in north Belfast is said to be Mark Haddock, the alleged UVF commander and Special Branch agent. Haddock, who faces an attempted murder charge, was bailed last week.

End of Soviet Unionism?

It seems Northern Ireland’s economic prophets of doom are out and about again with First Trust Bank’s latest Economic Outlook and Business Review saying the current economic situation could be as good as it gets. Meanwhile, the Sunday Times has described the growth in public spending in parts of the UK as so rampant that more…

Conradh comes off the political fence

Conradh na Gaeilge (aka, the Gaelic League), the primary membership organisation for the promotion and propagation of Irish, is now organising a campaign to ask people not to vote Fine Gael, since it’s adoption of a policy to change the compulsory status of Irish in the Republic’s school system. Gearóid O Cairealláin is all for more…

Faux pas of the month?

I missed this one at the time, but Newton Emerson didn’t. At some point on last Monday’s Radio Four’s Today programme Mitchel McLaughlin was, …asked to explain exactly what Sinn Féin had achieved for its supporters, media-disaster Mitchel spluttered for a moment before blurting out: “The degree of uncertainty and the lack of confidence in more…

you couldn’t make it up..

The other reason for Martin McGuinness’ press conference this morning was to officially relay the decision of the SF MLA grouping on whether they would be taking their places on Hain’s Committee the new Restoration of Government Committee. The answer, it would appear, is ‘yes’ – while also calling on the DUP to participate on more…

McGuinness: a million per cent certain…

Martin McGuinness, on the heels of Brian Rowan’s report in the Belfast Telegraph has categorically denied being a spy, and has even accused certain elements within the DUP of promoting the idea. Though it has come to Slugger’s notice that private speculation is not confined entirely to that quarter. Gregory Campbell’s only comment was that more…