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Crisis in Unionism…

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Although David Trimble’s warning of a nightmare for Ulster has yet to come to fruition, David Burnside is one senior party member has backed the calling of another meeting of the Ulster Unionist Council, effectively the only decision making body …

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Sinn Fein coming in?

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Perhaps in an attempt to cool the waters before the crisis within Unionism recommences this Autumn, Mitchel McLaughlan told Radio Ulster this morning that Sinn Fein will join the policing board, when Tony Blair implements promised changes to current legislation. …

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Transcending sectarianism?

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Despite all the coverage of recent weeks, it is hard to find anyone willing to sort out where the basic ground lies. There’s an interesting offering in the pipeline from the Cheif Rabbi, Jonathan Sachs, Jonathan Freedland reports in the …

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Sectarianism

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Jude Collins refutes the idea that everyone within the context of NI is per se a bigot. Discover more from Slugger O'Toole Subscribe to get the latest posts to your email. Type your email… Subscribe

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Political mergers?

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Ciaran Irvine weighs up the prospects of a Fianna Fail /SDLP merger, but asks what will happen to Social Democracy in any new situation arising? Discover more from Slugger O'Toole Subscribe to get the latest posts to your email. Type …

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Religion and politics

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One Orangeman in Derry told me last week that the crunch for the Orange Order in the coming years would deciding whether they are an essentially religious organisation, or one dedicated entirely to politics. The Order he argued had got …

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World Summit in Jo'burg

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As Trimble confirms his attendence at the WSSD comment has been slow to gather about this major world event in Ireland, North or South. The Belfast Telegraph gave editorial space to it to today: “With Northern Ireland rapidly running out …

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The Lennon thing…

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This story produced an extraordinary amount of journalism, and an equally extraordinary diversity of opinion. I don’t often express strong comment in the letter, but Tom Utley’s offering for Saturdy’s Daily Telegraph beats all comers for its utter vacuity Lennon …

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Police shortage.

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Cahal Milmo on the crisis within the new police service. David Pallister in the Guardian says:“With 10% of the force on sick leave, and more than 730 injured in the past year, Mr Cramphorn said: “The cumulative effect of this …

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Mining history

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Brian Walker quotes Macauley with regard to the position of the loyalists of Derry:“The faults which are normally found in dominant castes have not seldom shown themselves without disguise at her festivities; and even with the expressions of pious gratitude …

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