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The world and Northern Ireland

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Fair play to David Trimble. As Eammon McCann points out in his column in last night’s Belfast Telegraph: “To adapt an ancient remark – Typical! Given the choice between saving the planet and saving the Ulster Unionist Party, Trimble takes …

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New mayor's new flag

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Alex Maskey’s been re-decorating his parlour in City Hall (more).

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Unionist backroom

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David Trimble enjoys an unpressured meeting with Cyril Ramaphosa before coming back to the hothouse that is Northern Ireland. More speculation on the upcoming meeting of the UUC here and here.

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Interface

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As a relative calm comes back to the interface areas, the weighing up of an impossible summer for residents on both sides of the peace wall. John Reid gets a rough ride after seeing both sides at Short Strand, as …

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Shaken or stirred?

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I linked back to a great idea on Phil Murphy’s site some time ago. All manner of politicians and institutions can be grouped into one of two categories – Shaken or Stirred? As a starter, he produces his own list: …

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10 good things about Dublin

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Some of this could also be said about Belfast, but as the author hails from Armagh originally, I guess he had his reasons for heading for the southern metropolis instead of the big smoke of the North.

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Election talk

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Unionists continue with the mutual bashing contest. Trimble gets suport from nationalists – here and here.

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Colombian three

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David Trimble made use of his visit to the Earth Summit to hold consultation talks with the Colombian Foreign Minister. On weblogs try Terry McMenamin, who commented on this issue last week. To whom, thanks for the plug.

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Policing drama

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Belfast votes to join local partnership board. Orde sets out his policies.

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Did you know?

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The Prince of Orange is not just a principle character of Irish history, he’s also champion of water at the Summit in Jo’burg.