Open Sunday – discuss what you like…

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The idea for Open Sunday is to let you discuss what you like. Just two rules. Keep it civil and no man/woman playing. Brian O'NeillI help to manage Slugger by taking care of the site as well as running our live events. My background is in business, marketing and IT. My politics tend towards middle-of-the-road pragmatism, I am not a member of any political party. Oddly for a member of the Slugger team, I am not that interested in daily …

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Open sunday – politics free zone…

Street vendor with a suitcase

In addition to our normal open Sunday, we have a politics-free post to give you all a break. So discuss what you like here, but no politics. Brian O'NeillI help to manage Slugger by taking care of the site as well as running our live events. My background is in business, marketing and IT. My politics tend towards middle-of-the-road pragmatism, I am not a member of any political party. Oddly for a member of the Slugger team, I am not …

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Open Sunday – discuss what you like…

open sunday sign, signage, open

The idea for Open Sunday is to let you discuss what you like. Just two rules. Keep it civil and no man/woman playing. Brian O'NeillI help to manage Slugger by taking care of the site as well as running our live events. My background is in business, marketing and IT. My politics tend towards middle-of-the-road pragmatism, I am not a member of any political party. Oddly for a member of the Slugger team, I am not that interested in daily …

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Open sunday – politics free zone…

Street vendor with a suitcase

In addition to our normal open Sunday, we have a politics-free post to give you all a break. So discuss what you like here, but no politics. Brian O'NeillI help to manage Slugger by taking care of the site as well as running our live events. My background is in business, marketing and IT. My politics tend towards middle-of-the-road pragmatism, I am not a member of any political party. Oddly for a member of the Slugger team, I am not …

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Sinn Féin get the most seats and a bad night for the DUP…

Sinn Féin should be happy with its performance. It has seven seats so far and narrowly missed out on taking East Londonderry from Gregory Campbell with only 179 votes separating them. The DUP has lost three seats so far, bringing them down to five seats. In Fermanagh and South Tyrone, the Unionist Unity candidate could not stop the Sinn Féin surge, and they ended up with a majority of more than 4,500. In 2019 the seat was won by 57 …

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Jim Allister smashes the house of Paisley…

This elections ‘Portillo moment’ comes via the TUV’s Jim Allister, who pulled off an astonishing victory in North Antrim to take the seat held by Ian Paisley Senior and Junior for 54 years. The moment Ian Paisley lost his seat to Jim Allister. Paisley dynasty over in North Antrim after 54 years. Allister says ppl in N Antrim will not be taken for granted and not taken for fools. Says the DUP told ‘brazen falsehoods’ about the sea border deal …

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Kier Starmer wins a landslide victory for Labour with over 400 seats so far…

Every morning, I take my cup of breakfast tea outside. The weather has been miserable for the past few weeks, with constant grey skies. But this morning, there are blue skies and sunshine in Belfast. It is a suitable metaphor for the end of 14 years of Tory rule. They gave us Brexit, they and their mates looted public finances and gorged themselves on pandemic money, they ran down public services and sold chunks of the state to the highest …

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Open election day and results – discuss what you like…

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So, the big day has come. The public gets to choose who will govern us beleaguered citizens. This is an open thread so you can discuss what you like as well as putting up exit polls, results etc as they come in. Brian O'NeillI help to manage Slugger by taking care of the site as well as running our live events. My background is in business, marketing and IT. My politics tend towards middle-of-the-road pragmatism, I am not a member …

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Open Sunday – discuss what you like…

open sunday sign, signage, open

The idea for Open Sunday is to let you discuss what you like. Just two rules. Keep it civil and no man/woman playing. Brian O'NeillI help to manage Slugger by taking care of the site as well as running our live events. My background is in business, marketing and IT. My politics tend towards middle-of-the-road pragmatism, I am not a member of any political party. Oddly for a member of the Slugger team, I am not that interested in daily …

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Open sunday – politics free zone…

Street vendor with a suitcase

In addition to our normal open Sunday, we have a politics-free post to give you all a break. So discuss what you like here, but no politics. Brian O'NeillI help to manage Slugger by taking care of the site as well as running our live events. My background is in business, marketing and IT. My politics tend towards middle-of-the-road pragmatism, I am not a member of any political party. Oddly for a member of the Slugger team, I am not …

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Calls for Biden to stand aside grow after terrible debate preformance…

Two bald men fighting over a comb? Last night’s Presidential debate seemed to be a train wreck all around. You do wonder how, in a country of over 330 million people, this is the best they could come up with. Jon Stewart's takeaway from tonight's Biden-Trump debate pic.twitter.com/blfuAAdew8 — The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) June 28, 2024 Calls are growing for the Democrats to back a different candidate. Or nature could take its course, and one or both keel over before …

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Garda sent to trial over ‘endangering life’…

There has been a very negative reaction in the South to the news that a garda accused of endangering life during an incident where three men died in a collision in Dublin has been sent forward for trial. From RTÉ News: Dean Maguire, 29, Karl Freeman, 26, and Graham Taylor, 31, died instantly when a BMW car burst into flames following a head-on crash with a truck between Citywest and Baldonnel on 7 July 2021, while they were driving on …

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Open sunday – politics free zone…

Street vendor with a suitcase

In addition to our normal open Sunday, we have a politics-free post to give you all a break. So discuss what you like here, but no politics. Brian O'NeillI help to manage Slugger by taking care of the site as well as running our live events. My background is in business, marketing and IT. My politics tend towards middle-of-the-road pragmatism, I am not a member of any political party. Oddly for a member of the Slugger team, I am not …

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Open Sunday – discuss what you like…

open sunday sign, signage, open

The idea for Open Sunday is to let you discuss what you like. Just two rules. Keep it civil and no man/woman playing. Brian O'NeillI help to manage Slugger by taking care of the site as well as running our live events. My background is in business, marketing and IT. My politics tend towards middle-of-the-road pragmatism, I am not a member of any political party. Oddly for a member of the Slugger team, I am not that interested in daily …

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Rumblings of discontent over North Belfast parade…

It’s amazing how you manage to block out troublesome memories. The COVID lockdown has been largely consigned to the recycle bin of my mind. Likewise, many moons ago, at this time of year, the pages of Slugger would be wall to wall with posts about parades and bonfires. But in the past few years, calm has descended upon the good God-fearing people of Ulster, and the parade session has passed off largely without incident. Yes, bonfires are an environmental catastrophe …

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If you live in West Belfast don’t be expecting the Alliance candidate to be knocking on your door…

I was thinking of getting one of those video doorbell yokes. The main benefit was to screen out one of the minor miseries of the modern world – 21st-century door-to-door salespeople. You are sitting down to your dinner when the doorbell goes, and you are greeted by someone trying to guilt trip you into setting up a direct debit to support some worthy cause. They conveniently leave out the part where they work for commercial companies that take a massive …

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Ireland’s Future – a lot done, more to do…

I attended the Ireland’s Future event at the SSE Arena on Saturday. They have been ticking off all the major venues in Belfast, such as the Waterfront, Ulster Hall, and now the biggest of the lot, the Odyssey. The Odyssey is in some way an appropriate name for the long journey towards reunification. There was some frankly bizarre discussion yesterday in the open thread about the number of people who attended the event. I heard unofficially 5000 tickets were sold, …

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Open sunday – politics free zone…

Street vendor with a suitcase

In addition to our normal open Sunday, we have a politics-free post to give you all a break. So discuss what you like here, but no politics. Brian O'NeillI help to manage Slugger by taking care of the site as well as running our live events. My background is in business, marketing and IT. My politics tend towards middle-of-the-road pragmatism, I am not a member of any political party. Oddly for a member of the Slugger team, I am not …

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Open Sunday – discuss what you like…

open sunday sign, signage, open

The idea for Open Sunday is to let you discuss what you like. Just two rules. Keep it civil and no man/woman playing. Brian O'NeillI help to manage Slugger by taking care of the site as well as running our live events. My background is in business, marketing and IT. My politics tend towards middle-of-the-road pragmatism, I am not a member of any political party. Oddly for a member of the Slugger team, I am not that interested in daily …

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GAA president Jarlath Burns says Casement will not host Euros…

The Casement Park debacle continues. The project’s great hope was hosting games for Euro 2028, but now it looks like that will not happen. From Colm Keys in the BelTel: GAA president Jarlath Burns is resigned to the prospect of the Euro 2028 championships not being played in Casement Park. Burns, speaking at the launch of the All-Ireland hurling championship at the Michael Cusack Centre in Carran, Co Clare, said he did not now envisage games being played in Belfast …

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