Brian O’Neill

Book your tickets for the North Belfast Festival…

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The North Belfast Festival is back for a third year. It runs from Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th Feb 2024. It is a great wee festival with a diverse range of activities. Best of all, most events are free or …

Brian O’Neill

Has the price of your car insurance went up?

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Hearing lots of reports about people’s car insurance costs rising dramatically, with some quotes more than doubling. In the third quarter of 2023, the average price of motor insurance hit a record £561, a rise of 29% compared to the …

Michael Hehir

Win, lose or drawn-out struggle? – How to read the first poll verdict on the DUP’s return to Stormont…

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The struggle for the soul of party-political unionism, which has raged for over three years and brought devolved government to a stand-still, entered a potentially decisive stage when Jeffrey Donaldson led his party back into Stormont. Where previously DUP leaders …

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Belfast One BID: Championing a Dynamic and Unique Belfast City Centre Experience…

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The Belfast Summit 2024 takes place tomorrow in The Ulster University. It will look at where Belfast is, and what we need to do to make it a leading city to work, live, socialise and visit. The keynote speaker will …

Frank Schnittger

The prospects for Sinn Féin

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There have been quite a few posts on Slugger by able writers such as Michael Palmer, Ian Clarke, and Brian Walker about the prospects for political unionism and particularly the DUP now that the Assembly and Executive have been restored. …

Arnold Carton

Valentine Fails…

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On Sunday a small Valentine’s Day gift arrived from my wife. As you will see from the picture below, while romance may not be dead after 30 years of marriage, it is more spiky than soft and sweet. This got …

Mick Fealty

After the Stormont restart an opportunity exists for the SDLP but is far from guaranteed

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The SDLP is suffering a long term voter drought with just one way left to turn things around: ie, to make a genuine success of Opposition. For it to work they need to look and sound like an alternative leadership, not another protest group. Above all, they need to be heard.

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A Data Analyst Approach to the First Week of NI Assembly Written Questions…

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Kieran Mulholland was an elected representative for Sinn Féin on the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council from 2014-2019. He works in data analysis and data science in the private sector. As the MLAs embark on their new positions in …

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Unionist and nationalist interviewees among Last Voices of the Irish Revolution..

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Tom Hurley is an author and radio documentary-maker from West Cork. The Irish Civil War ended in 1923. Eighty years on, I wondered if there were many civilians and combatants left from across Ireland who had experienced the years 1919 …

David McCann

Panel: North Belfast is Best Belfast

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Who has the vision and the influence to realise the full potential of the North of the city? Power is never just vested in politicians. Activists across community, voluntary, education, faith and business sectors also have ideas and the means …