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Rumours of Loyalist split

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Is there, or isn’t there? Tempers are reportedly getting thin inside the UDA. Meanwhile Johnny Adair has called off the planned protest at Holy Cross planned for this week. Discover more from Slugger O'Toole Subscribe to get the latest posts …

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Policing drama

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No doubt we will become very familiar with the face voice and name of the new Chief Constable, Hugh Orde. He is now installed at the head of the PSNI, and the papers are full of it, here, here, here, …

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More on the priesthood crisis

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After the news of another seminary closure, Nicola Byrne’s well researched article highlights a serious crisis on the ground with country parishes in particular having to fight to keep churches open. Discover more from Slugger O'Toole Subscribe to get the …

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Trimble's for fighting

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For the ninth time since going into government, the Unionist Party will debate whether they should stay in with Sinn Fein. Trimble appears bullish. Some of Trimble’s people are treating the debate as a leadership challenge, but he told UTV …

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Policing drama

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Ruth Dudley Edwards suggests that the whole Republican movement is caught within an intractable dilemma. “You can’t expect the Provos’ spokesmen to say: ‘Sorry, we can’t ask people to help get those RIRA bastards because they might rat on us …

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Crime levels

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One fifth of households in Nothern Ireland experienced crime last year, according to an official government report. Discover more from Slugger O'Toole Subscribe to get the latest posts to your email. Type your email… Subscribe

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Unionist backroom

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The Irish Times reports (subscription needed) on the talks in Fermanagh conclude, the Ulster Unionists hope they have an agreement for the Unionist Council meeting on the 21st September. Clearly they will be keeping the detail under wraps until the …

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Waning priesthood

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Even though there is still a high attendence level at Catholic churches in Ireland, there is certainly a serious crisis looming in terms of recruiting preists with many serving through illness and extreme old age. There are only two seminaries …

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Unionist backroom

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Now we know the DUP election campaign’s begun in earnest! Courtesy of a previous article written by Steven King (reported here), Peter Robinson finally breaks cover and reveals some of the internal thinking of the DUP. He finishes by asking:“The …

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The Agreement and demography

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Newton Emerson freshens up the debate, on the agreement with a vigourous moral defence of the Belfast agreement against the purist line take by both Republicans and Unionists. The dreaded 2001 census figures are expected come in a month behind …

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