Historic murder trial

London-based Irish World reports on an historic murder case where for the first time ever someone will stand trial in Britain for a murder that took place in Ireland.Murder trial makes history by Angela Sammon, 12 August 2005 edition              Legal history is being made in London this week as a British man stands trial for the murder of his Irish secretary in Dublin in 2003. It is the first time that a person will be tried in a British …

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Irish Women take abortion demand to Brussels

The (London-based) Independent covers the story of three Irish women (backed by the IFPA) taking their case to the European parliament in their quest to liberalise current legislation.Irish women take demand for abortions to Europe By Stephen Castle in Brussels Published: 12 August 2005 Three Irish women are to challenge their country’s strict abortion laws by taking a test case to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. Backed by the Irish Family Planning Association (IFPA), the women will seek …

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Bitterness will not heal the wounds

Beth McGrath, daughter and sister to two victims of the Shankill Road bombing talks about how their loss has affected her and gives her views vis a vis the IRA statement. Although pragmatic and measured, her belief is that bitterness is not the answer and will not help move the peace process on nor ease her own personal grief. FRom someone who has experienced violence and loss so directlt these words are rather inspiring and brave.By Noreen Erskine BBC News …

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More ‘activity’ on the tube

As they say ‘it’s all go over here’. I presume we will be hearing more from Ms. Hoey.Man shot dead by police on Tube A man has been shot dead by armed officers at Stockwell Tube station, as police hunt four would-be bombers. Passenger Mark Whitby told BBC News he had seen a man of Asian appearance shot five times by “plain-clothes police officers” with a handgun. “I saw the gun being fired five times into the guy – he …

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London’s Mayor Blames Middle East Policy

Not sure how many of you were up bright and early this morning and heard Ken Livingstone’s interview on R4’s Today programme where he spoke very candidly about his views re the bomb attacks on 7th July.The mayor stresses he does not condone suicide bombings Decades of British and American intervention in the oil-rich Middle East motivated the London bombers, Ken Livingstone has suggested. The London mayor told BBC News he had no sympathy with the bombers and he opposed …

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Blanket descriptions not helpful nor accurate…

In today’s Guardian ex nun and Islamic specialist, Karen Armstrong, argues that using blanket terms such as ‘Muslim terrorists’ is not only inacccurate but counterproductive and urges a more informed opinion/analysis of islamic religion which is not a monolithic entity as we would like to believe.The label of Catholic terror was never used about the IRA Fundamentalism is often a form of nationalism in religious disguise Karen Armstrong Monday July 11, 2005 The Guardian Last year I attended a conference …

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London Attack – is it the last???

This is George Galloway’s view. Is this just a realistic perspective of the situation or is being a little disingenous? This is George Galloway’s view – is it just a realistic analysis of the situation or is being disengenous?Galloway: Attacks will not be last Press Association Friday July 8, 2005 9:58 AM Anti-Iraq war campaigners were gathering to give their response to the terrorist outrages in London the morning after a bitter Commons row engulfed the cause’s most outspoken politician. …

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US ‘Shock jocks’ – balance shifting?

An interesting piece in yesterday’s Guardian about Al Franken and how Air America is beginning to make some inroads in to what to date has traditionally been a predominantly right week media haven. Possible future analogy for bloggers?The truth about lies Leftwing radio talk show host Al Franken has won a ‘breakthrough’ award for his wisecracking war against the claims of the American right. James Silver reports Monday June 27, 2005 The Guardian His three-hour radio show over for another …

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Northern Ireland – ‘over narrativised’?……

At this year’s Hay’s Literary festival, the subject of Northern Ireland has come up – when doesn’t it..? A NI native, writer & academic Linda Harrison, now based in England lamented the “unremitting bleakness” of much of the fiction out of the province and she challenged authors to abandon their cherished cliches of thuggish gunmen and harridans banging binlids, and instead get to grips with the new political situation in the province.Maev Kennedy, arts and heritage correspondent Thursday June 2, …

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Devolution is the name of the game…

Tom Griffin of the London-based Irish World looks at the current state of devolved politics in Britain and Northern Ireland and argues that ” Today, devolution is the only real integration, because ironically, Britain itself is becoming more nationalist and less unionist”Devolution is the only real integration now by Tom Griffin, 27 May 2005 edition   Do unionists want Northern Ireland to be run from Westminster or from Stormont? The choice between devolution or integration is an old dilemma. In …

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Report shows that education standards in NI slipping…

A report from the chief Inspector of Education and Training Inspectorate shows that there is an unacceptable gap between low and high achievers. Are NI youth being failed by the system???School ‘failing youth of Northern Ireland’ Agencies Tuesday May 24, 2005 Too many young people in Northern Ireland are leaving school without qualifications, according to a report published today. In her second report on education in Northern Ireland, Marion Matchett, the chief inspector of the Education and Training Inspectorate, said: …

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From Dingle to An Daingean

David McKittrick reports in today’s Independent about the plan to rename Dingle ‘An Daingean’. This has met with quite a lot of local protest – mainly for practical (tourist/familiarity) reasons. Interesting to note that the minister reponsible for implementing the change is Eamon O Cuiv – De Valera’s grandson… Bloomsday Girl

Our own home-grown refugees

An interesting piece covered by the beeb on a study analysing the reasons (mainly personal safety & political) why people left Northern Ireland during the height of the troubles and the social consequences. On the flip side. London-based Irish World looks includes a personal account and reflection on returning ‘home’ to Ireland after 20-30 years in Britain and the difficulties involved… Bloomsday Girl

Bring back Dana?

Will we still be glued to the tv on saturday night now that the Irish entry has not made it to the final of the Eurovision competition…? Bloomsday Girl

Will they or won’t they?

Veteran Labour politican Tony Benn has suggested that Sinn Fein should take their seats in Westminster. He fully understands their abstentionist position but he thinks now is th right time and it would make political sense. He himself has had problems with swearing an oath of allegaince to the Queen and argues that the oath of allegiance should be to one’s constituents. Will his words fall on deaf ears? Bloomsday Girl

BBC’s objectivity criticised

In today’s Guardian an ex BBC reporter (Robin Aitken) accuses the Beeb of ‘institutionalised leftism” and also thinks that the UUP got a rough ride at their hands. He doen’t make any specific reference to BBC NI… Bloomsday Girl

Strange bedfellows or new best friends…..?

A bit of speculation in yesterday’s London Evening Standard (Londoner’s Diary page) where ‘Gorgeous George’ (Galloway) will sit when the House of Commons resumes and he doesn’t have many options. I have transcribed the article verbatim as not all news stories/articles have links. ” More trouble for George Galloway, after he latest allegations about Iraqi oil vouchers. The new MP for Bethnal Green may hav won a seat in the Commons – but where does he sit? he is plainly …

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Kelly McBride backs Labour in Brent East

Kelly McBride is backing Labour candidate Yasmin Quershi in Brent East , London – (the cosntitency with the largest Irish population in Britain). This is after assurances from both the candidate and the London Mayor, Ken Lingstone, that they will help her in the campaign for her murdered brother. Will this mean that this flagship Irish constutency will revert to Labour once again? Bloomsday Girl