Seen dining together today in Belfast…

Ian Paisley Junior and Stephen Nolan… There has been some speculation that Iris Robinson’s contribution on the Nolan Show last week was a reassurance to the Free Presbyterian base that everything is okay and fundamentalism is still part and parcel of the DUP world view. Perhaps it was just to smooth things over with the show’s popular host, after a tempestuous half hour or so. Oh to have been a fly on the wall at James Street South!

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  • Or …. it could be that the whole Iris affair was designed to ‘reassure’ the fundamentalist base of the DUP before Peter bends a bit on one or other of the nationalist demands.

    Having a very visible ‘bread-breaking’ with Nolan strikes me as odd, from both of their sides. Why did Nolan allow himself to be seen hob-nobbing with Ian Og – he surely realises that it makes him liik a little partisan. And what did Ian Og expect to get out of it?

  • Greagoir O Frainclin

    Neitzsche said that he took a hammer to Christian ideology, 21st century NI secularism should take a hammer to DUP fundaMentalism!

    ….time is always the great leveller too!

  • Paul Panther

    Iris Robinson: “I have a very lovely psychiatrist who works with me in my offices and his Christian background is that he tries to help homosexuals – trying to turn away from what they are engaged in.
    “I’m happy to put any homosexual in touch with this gentleman and I have met people who have turned around and become heterosexuals.”
    I wonder who the “homosexuals” are that Iris is referring to?

  • joeCanuck

    Were Ian and Stephen eating salmon procured from that well known north coast fisherman?

  • McGrath

    Salmon, and probably any thing else available. Talking Stephen out to Lunch could get expensive (at any restaurant). Which brings up a point, who was paying? Junior doesn’t have any friends and Mr Nolan has nothing to lobby, so I’m assuming it was Junior. To quote Foghorn Leghorn “a-say, a-say boy, you is about as sharp as a bowlin baul”.

  • Granni Trixie

    Although I’m sorry for offence caused to homosexuals, in terms of the bigger picture something good has come out of Irisgate: give the DUP enough rope and it will clarify that it has not changed its spots and the controversy has also given a platform for discussion about leadership,govenment and standards in public life.

    For a time last year the DUP sounded like the Alliance Party’s but Mr Robinsons silence over Mrs R. behaviour speaks louder than words for the whole DUP project.

    Then we had Sammy today,stereotyping people who are interested in enviromental issues as “muesli eating, long haired,open toed sandaled etc etc” instead of looking at such specialists as a resource. We also had previous examples of greed,exploiting positions iin self interest.

    What Sammy,Iris and Paisley Jnr have in common is that do not see that their approach is totally unprofessional.I would like to think that they will pay in the next election but unfortunatly this place changes very slowly.

  • Comrade Stalin


    I don’t think that theory has a lot of credence, given the cack-handed way Iris has handled the matter. Anyone with any political sense would have avoided commenting on such a matter in the immediate aftermath of a vicious homophobic assault.

    I don’t get the thing with Ian Og at all. Nolan has mauled the man, and his show was a major contributor in his downfall (being the forum where Ian Og had first said that Sweeney was merely a constituent). Not least, given Ian Og’s own views on homosexuality which are pretty much the same as Iris’ ..

  • ulsterfan

    When a politician meets with a journalist it might have something to do with a story about to break.
    This is pure speculation but as credible as any other.
    I cant imagine them to be great friends or celebrating Stephens success in losing weight.

  • GavBelfast

    Interesting …..

  • Chairman of the Gerry Anderson Appreciation Societ

    Maybe Ian Og (hope that nick sticks by the way :-)) is also missing the craic on the only Radio Ulster Show worth listenting to, ie The Gerry Anderson Show, and is wondering if Nolan has any insider info on where Gerry has gone and when he´s coming back?

  • The last time I met my old school pal Mr Nolan it was on the top floor cafeteria of Queens SU about 14 years ago, where we discussed the “political situation”. I will refrain from repeating what Big Steve said … suffice to say that if anyone else said it on his show, boy, it would make cracking radio.

  • Mannanan

    What’s this? Ian Og dining with the Great Satan, Ed Curran writing pro-Sweeney articles in Monday’s Tele, a brand new DUP Environment Minister………..Must be a new announcement about a Visitor Centre at the G….s C……y 😉

  • ggn

    On ‘Ian Óg’

    It is interesting, and I am sure the DUP are quite unaware of this but away …

    On Raidió na Gaeltachta in Ireland they will say Ian (Junior) Paisley but …

    In Scotland, on BBC Raidió nan Gaidheal they will always use the Gaelic form / Gaelicisation of names.

    Thus Ian junior has been refer to as Iain Óg Páislig etc etc.

    How strange, the British Broadcasting Corporation back in sweet Alba routinely broadcasts forms of names that if the BBC in Ulster broadcast, there would be real trouble.

    Now I do hope that a complaint doesnt result from this ‘revelation’ but I think it is interesting enough to note.

    Having said that I condemn absolutely people refer to Ian Junior as Iain Óg (Alasdair Mac Donaill being a prime suspect!) as it simply justifies DUP people coming up with anglicisations for Gaelic names (normally quite inaccurate!!).

    Anyhow, back to Séamus Domhnallach telling me about the latest in the Highlands, known as the Gaeltacht in Gaelic BTW.

  • interested

    One thing which does concern me about the whole psychiatrist thing…

    If he can “turn” someone from gay to straight then surely he could do it the other way round…..


    The Psychiatrist was on that infamous Nolan show as well as Iris. The weird thing is, I’ve never heard a more intelligent or rational Chrisitian than him, he was such a joy to listen to, compared to the usual fundamentalists.
    I think it perfectly reasonable that people would seek to refrain from certain sexual practices if they had a strong religious belief that it was wrong, and those are the people he tries to help.
    But, he also said that freedom of choice was the important thing, and most gay people not only choose to remain gay, but have every right to do so and be respected for their choice.
    Also, his technique, by his own admission, is not wholly succesful in a majority of cases.

  • Mary Ann

    When a politician meets with a journalist it might have something to do with a story about to break.

    Posted by ulsterfan on Jun 10, 2008 @ 07:46 PM

    When did stephen nolan become a journalist??!!!!

  • Malteser

    “When a politician meets with a journalist it might have something to do with a story about to break.”

    Well now we know. Nolan interviewed Junior this morning on the basis of a “leaked” report from the Assembly Ombudsman. I wonder where Nolan got it?

  • Or …. it could be that the whole Iris affair was designed to ‘reassure’ the fundamentalist base of the DUP before Peter bends a bit on one or other of the nationalist demands.

    I thought this was going to read “bends over”. Wrong party I guess. Sf-Dup. Same circus, different ways to party.