TG4 has put language back in Ireland’s cultural life

Farrel Corcoran was involved with TG4, or TnaG as it was on the day it launched ten years ago. In a debate around language that has often become distracted on politics and an often disabling obsession with tokenism, TG4, he believes is a perfect example of how utility has succeeded when given its head: It was never going to be easy, not just because of severe resource limitations but because of the hostile ideological environment, policed by a small number … Read more

a good spell for slugger

Good luck on the move Slugger. Seeing as it’s Halloween tomorrow, what about some dazzling creative spells from Sluggerees out there, just to help things along? Of course, it would need to be Ireland-themed… Eye of toad, etc… Dave Wood

Looks like we are back in business…

I’m sorry for the week long break in business. It was down to an incompatibility problem with our last server. I’m hoping every should be back to normal now. I’m on the hunt for some help putting together some decent back up and the protocols to make sure that there are no such lengthy breaks in future. Mick FealtyMick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media … Read more

Oireachtas adds blogging to list of banned activities

Here’s a statement I received this morning from the head of Human Resources at the Oireachtas, Dublin’s equivalent of the Palace of Westminster: “The policy of the Office of the Houses of the Oireachtas explicitly prohibits the use of our computer facilities for chat room purposes or for weblog (blog). Staff members who engage in blogging which is not related to their official duties, while using their Office computer will be subject to disciplinary action.” It follows several blog reports … Read more

Sinn Féin’s dodgy drugs haul

A very strange tale in today’s Irish News[subs req] and not carried anywhere else to my knowledge [not even the Sinn Féin website? – Ed], but we have the photographic evidence.. which I’ll come to in a minute. According to the report, seven packages of a suspicious white powder weighing approximately 6 kilos were “given in anonymously at the offices of Sinn Féin in Dungannon on Monday”. What did the staff there do? Well, first of all they got hold … Read more

Best postcard views…

My cousin Paul sent me this competition to find the UK’s favourite view. Vote for your own choice, but I’m going for this one of the Antrim coast. 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 … Read more

Still working on getting Slugger back…

I’m guessing you don’t really want to know the details of Slugger’s travails over the last few weeks, but the upshot is that we’re in the process of moving the site. Last time we did that, it took 12 hours, this time, I’m doing it myself and its been in process, on and off, since five o’clock yesterday (I blame Pete for the big long posts). I’m trying to get this done asap. This time we’d like to put back … Read more

Oireachtas adds blogging to list of banned activities

Here’s a statement I received this morning from the head of Human Resources at the Oireachtas, Dublin’s equivalent of the Palace of Westminster: “The policy of the Office of the Houses of the Oireachtas explicitly prohibits the use of our computer facilities for chat room purposes or for weblog (blog). Staff members who engage in blogging which is not related to their official duties, while using their Office computer will be subject to disciplinary action.” It follows several blog reports … Read more

“We understand Sinn Féin’s difficulties here..”

The BBC engages in some interpretation of the Conservative Party leader’s comments for its headline on David Cameron’s visit today – as the report points out he actually said he would prefer if “the IRA went away”, but that an old boys association “would be acceptable” based on Ian Paisley’s previous comments, while he did state that Sinn Féin “must work fully with the PSNI”. Meanwhile, in the Irish Times Gerry Moriarty focuses[subs req] on the supposed “standoff between the … Read more

"We understand Sinn Féin's difficulties here.."

The BBC engages in some interpretation of the Conservative Party leader’s comments for its headline on David Cameron’s visit today – as the report points out he actually said he would prefer if “the IRA went away”, but that an old boys association “would be acceptable” based on Ian Paisley’s previous comments, while he did state that Sinn Féin “must work fully with the PSNI”. Meanwhile, in the Irish Times Gerry Moriarty focuses on the supposed “standoff between the DUP … Read more

Shorts job losses larger than expected…

Angela Eagle tells the BBC that they did not tell her about the job losses at Bombardier when she visited last week on a trade mission to Canada. However, it seems, there were strong intimations of this as early as 8th August. The jobs are not being cut so much as being shifted to Mexico. It is a pattern we might expect to see repeated, as lower end functions get pushed out to take advantage of the cheaper labour costs … Read more

Trimble and the peace process….

That discussion on Doughty Street TV the other night on Trimble and the peace process is now online. 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 need to, and … Read more

Ahern confirms terrorists are in Ireland..

Not that he had much choice in the matter, since RTÉ had already obtained documents dating from 2003, under the US Freedom of Information Act, from the US State Department revealing that “up to six Islamist groups have had cells operating in Ireland.” and that the information was based on intelligence gathered by gardaí.The Irish Times also had these details[subs req] Asked if any “foreign terrorist groups” had a presence in Ireland, the embassy named the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, Al-Gama’at … Read more

2008 earliest date for Bloody Sunday Inquiry findings

According to the BBC The findings of the Bloody Sunday Inquiry [which opened in April 1998] will not be published until the end of 2008 2007 at the earliest By which time Tony Blair will, almost definitely, no longer be Prime Minister.. Updated 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 … Read more

If the answer is yes..

The recent outages [hopefully soon to be resolved – Ed] have resulted in a few missed posts. On Tuesday Secretary of State for Wales etc, Peter Hain met the Irish Minister for foreign Affairs Dermot Ahern and issued another statement on the timetable, as reported by the BBC. “We are awaiting the results of the parties’ consultations and we expect them to come back and say they support the St Andrews Agreement by the 10 November.[added emphasis] “If the answer … Read more

Ahern confirms terrorists are in Ireland..

Not that he had much choice in the matter, since RTÉ had already obtained documents dating from 2003, under the US Freedom of Information Act, from the US State Department revealing that “up to six Islamist groups have had cells operating in Ireland.” and that the information was based on intelligence gathered by gardaí. The Irish Times also had these details[subs req] Asked if any “foreign terrorist groups” had a presence in Ireland, the embassy named the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, … Read more

2008 earliest date for Bloody Sunday Inquiry findings

According to the BBC The findings of the Bloody Sunday Inquiry [which opened in April 1998] will not be published until the end of 2008 2007 at the earliest By which time Tony Blair will, almost definitely, no longer be Prime Minister.. Updated Pete Baker

If the answer is yes..

The recent outages [hopefully soon to be now resolved – Ed] have resulted in a few missed posts. On Tuesday Secretary of State for Wales etc, Peter Hain met the Irish Minister for foreign Affairs Dermot Ahern and issued another statement on the timetable, as reported by the BBC. “We are awaiting the results of the parties’ consultations and we expect them to come back and say they support the St Andrews Agreement by the 10 November.[added emphasis] “If the … Read more

Does the media drive the agenda?

Vincent Browne raises his old bete noir (subs needed): why does no major Irish media outlet not support “a radical restructuring of Irish society to achieve a far greater level of equality than exists”? But is it true that the fourth estate always leads the political agenda? Aside from a tiny Sinn Fein rump of TDs, in the Republic there is no political mainstream party that is credibly pushing the line that Vincent outlines. So my point is not that … Read more