Stephen McNally

York St. Station – the Appendix of North Belfast…

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John O’Dowd stepped off the train and onto the new York Street Station like a heavyweight boxer striding towards the ring. An entourage of personal assistants, journalists and photographers trailed in his wake as he made his way to the …

Brian O’Neill

There are more Catholics in the north’s workforce than Protestants for the first time…

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From the press release: The 33rd fair employment monitoring report has been published by the Equality Commission. This latest report shows the breakdown of the monitored workforce in Northern Ireland by community background. It uses data provided to the Equality …

Brian O’Neill

Faulty computer update takes down companies and organisation worldwide…

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Thoughts and prayers with my IT colleagues worldwide who are dealing with a major sh*tshow today. Cyber Security provider CrowdStrike pushed out an update that has ‘bricked’ tens of thousands of their customers machines taking many companies and organisations offline. …

Brian O’Neill

Will we ever stop using the Troubles as an excuse for all our problems?

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There is a new Vice Documentary about Benzo abuse in Belfast. Benzodiazepine is a class of drugs used mainly to treat anxiety; the most famous drug of this family is Valium, which was given out by the truckload during the …

Mick Fealty

After the election, even if the DUP faces a crisis then the rest of Northern Ireland does not…

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In the doldrum life of Northern Ireland politics losing one seat is a misfortune, two careless, three criminally negligent. To have escaped two more potential losses is a serious warning from the future for the DUP that for too long …

Soapbox

An Oireachtas all-party committee has called for preparations for a united Ireland to begin “immediately”…

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Ben M is a Slugger reader from Dublin This committee comprises Fine Gael, Fianna Fail, and some of the other southern-only parties, as well as Sinn Féin. That’s significant, outside of Leo Varadkar’s recent intervention, I can’t remember such cross-party …

Brian O’Neill

To get a better future, we should look to the past…

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I was writing yesterday about teenage delinquency. By coincidence, yesterday afternoon, I was listening to a podcast with Robert Putnam. Putnam is the author of the famous book Bowling Alone, which talks about the decline of community and the increase …

Frank Schnittger

The State of Irish Rugby Union 2024

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As the end of a thirteen month 15 man rugby season has arrived, it seems like a good time to review the season as a whole. Although many will point to our failure to get beyond our World Cup quarterfinal …

Andy Pollak

Quiet Streets, Restless Hearts: The North’s Complicated Peace…

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The results of the British general election in Northern Ireland confirmed what we already know. The DUP is in deep trouble: the loss of three of its heartland seats in Lagan Valley (the constituency of its former leader Sir Jeffrey …

Brian O’Neill

Why do we have such as issue with delinquent teenagers?

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I was on holiday in Italy last week. One of the many things that struck me was how well-behaved their teenagers were. Many of them milled around in the park, enjoying the warm summer nights. Not threatening anyone, not hassling …

Soapbox

The Politics of Hostility: thoughts on the attempted assassination of Donald Trump…

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Maurice Macartney is the author of Combinations: Denominations, democracy and the politics of nonviolence, Rowman and Littlefield, 2024 Donald Trump, blood streaking his face, rises above the security agents trying to rush him to safety and raises a fist in …

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