Archive | April, 2013

Draft CSI document contains yawning gaps. OFMdFM parties fear criticism.

Interesting snippet from Mark Devenport which says an awful lot… The layman might think that the obvious big gesture for Stormont to make would be to publish the long delayed Cohesion Sharing and Integration strategy, a draft of which the BBC obtained back in January. However, publishing the whole document might be fraught with difficulties. more…

Launch Event: Youthbank International Network

At 11am this morning you can watch our digitallunch event organised for and on behalf of Youthbank, a great organisation centred and driven by Vernon Ringland in Belfast (at the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland) and now operating in a wide range of countries overseas.. Those of you familiar with #DigitalLunch will know the format. more…

Canning pleads guilty on 2011 Easter Monday charges

The BBC has a report on the on-going trial of one of the three Londonderry men charged, along with Marian Price, in relation to a 32 County Sovereignty Movement Easter Monday parade in the city in 2011 – the charge is of managing a meeting in support of a proscribed organisation, the IRA.  And we have more…

Sinn Fein undermining the sanctity of marriage

A sign of the times.  Sinn Fein under attack…from Catholic Priests. “While Sinn Féin support remains high in the Catholic community, they do not, however, have the support of Catholics who are committed to the cause of life and marriage….Catholics understand therefore, that a vote for Sinn Féin is a vote for the weakening of more…

Futile Border Poll campaign to launch

What is presumably a Sinn Fein border poll initiative is to launch on Friday with mock polls planned for Crossmaglen and Creggan Upper (in County Louth) We are officially launching our campaign on Friday – come along if you’re available! twitter.com/UnitedIreland/… — United Ireland(@UnitedIreland) April 28, 2013 Presumably taking a leaf out of the People`s more…

If you live in a glass house, don`t throw stones…at UKIP

Much ado about Ken Clarke`s comments on `UKIP clowns, closet racists and fruitcakes` over the weekend.  It is amazing however what turns up when you Google various configurations of the words Labour, Tory, racist, nazi & BNP. For example, BNP leader Nick Griffin’s father was a Welsh Tory aide to Ian Duncan Smith in 2001, who more…

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Peter Robinson: in 50 years’ time the votes of the culturally Irish will help ensure union remains safe

Peter Robinson light-heartedly suggested that DUP’s first ever spring policy conference today in Fermanagh “means that the G8 Summit has now been demoted to the second most important event in Fermanagh this year!” The full speech is available from the DUP website. The DUP leader reassured delegates that Nigel Dodds “will be back at work more…

Quote of the week…

Newton Emerson, in today’s Irish News, not for the first time gets maximum points for stating the bleeding obvious that no one will… The real danger is that the Maze will be so balanced that it becomes anodyne, although to to paraphrase Danny Morrison you only have to attract a tourist once, so you do more…

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Icelandic dinosaurs, elections and the fate of their crowd-sourced constitution … and a link to equal marriage

Slugger should take a look at Iceland more often. An article in yesterday’s Guardian described intriguing democratic and constitutional processes. About a third of the North Atlantic island’s population live in the capital city of Reykjavík, another third live in the greater Reykjavík area. Apparently two thirds of the island’s population are on Facebook: Iceland more…

Only united challenges from civil society to government and grass roots campaigns will bring about a shared future

It’s amazing isn’t it, how all the parties are now singing the praise of sharing, integration and Mammy and apple pie? And yet when it comes to agreeing what that might actually mean they stay stuck in deadlock, their real comfort zone. “A shared future”  risks  becoming debased as a piece of Orwellian double think, our more…

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#Reilly legislation on abortion: It’s truly idiotic

And the abortion debate rumbles on …. Yesterday Health Minister James Reilly denied that it was ever being proposed that the opinion of six doctors would be stipulated in legislation covering abortion where there was a risk of suicide. This morning, Fionnan Sheahan published details of the draft legislation: • “One obstetrician and two psychiatrists more…

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Presbyterian Church Punishes Ford for Marriage Equality Vote

The News Letter and the Antrim Guardian have both reported that Justice Minister David Ford has ‘agreed’ to step down from his duties as an elder at Second Donegore Presbyterian Church in County Antrim, as a result of his vote in favour of civil marriage equality. This seems to have been the result of what more…

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Slugger live reporting from the Fianna Fail Ard Fheis…

So for the first time (I think), Slugger will be reporting live from the Fianna Fail Ard Fheis in the RDS in Dublin this weekend. I will do my no doubt imperfect best to channel our own Alan in Belfast, by recording speeches and interviews with leading politicians and ordinary activists alike inside the party. more…