Brian O’Neill

Open Sunday – politics free zone…

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In addition to our normal open Sunday, we have a politics-free post to give you all a break. So discuss what you like here, but no politics.

Brian O’Neill

Open Sunday – discuss what you like…

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The idea for Open Sunday is to let you discuss what you like. News events we have missed, or if you want a good rant. Just two rules. Keep it civil and no man/woman playing.

Brian O’Neill

Arlene Foster launches Together UK Foundation…

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Ireland’s Future has been getting all the attention lately, and many people have been asking where is the organisation advocating for staying in the Union? Arlene Foster thinks she has the answer with her recently launched Together UK Foundation. According …

Terry Maguire

Vaping: We’re being fooled again….

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Normally coal-mine owners don’t advise on climate change and Mcdonald’s or Mars don’t advise on healthy eating so why all of a sudden is Big Tobacco advising on health? Big Tobacco, which produces a product that has killed countless millions …

Brian O’Neill

Slugger podcast: What is behind the University Strike Action? With Professor Dominic Bryan…

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This week University staff are on strike across the UK. I talked to  Professor Dominic Bryan from Queen’s University Belfast about the reasons for the University Strike Action. We also talk about the increasing commercialisation of education. The two main …

Mick Fealty

Judgement on Scottish Referendum makes it clear power over calling a border poll sits with Westminster too

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The UK’s unwritten constitution is tricky, archaic and hard to interpret on occasions without the help of judges. There have been many calls down the ages for a written code like the US’s (and almost everywhere that was once British, …

Brian O’Neill

The Ireland’s Future event at The Ulster Hall …

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The significance of the Ulster Hall as a venue would not be lost on the audience of the Ireland’s Future event last night. From Carson to Ulster Resistance, the Ulster Hall has been the home to many Unionist protest rallies. …

Daithi McKay

Boundary Commission moves towards final recommendations

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Last week the Boundary Commission published its revised proposals for the 18 Westminster (and therefore Assembly) constituencies. All 18 would retain their current names bar Belfast South which would become ‘Belfast South and Mid Down’ reflecting its extension into the …

Soapbox

It is about identifying the best future for all citizens who live across the island of Ireland…

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Ben Collins has worked in political communications across the UK and Ireland for two decades. I was raised as a Presbyterian in a strongly pro-British and unionist household, so I understand the attachment to country and crown that many unionists …

Mick Fealty

If emergency general surgery requires 24/7 consultant cover why do we still spread acute services across NI?

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A fascinating letter emerged today from a small group of senior consultants working in the Northern Irish health service that puts its finger the key downside of our habit of electing populist political parties that have little ambition to get …