Author Archive | Mick Fealty

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Where “shared memory” and “story” meet lies something valuable

I was lucky enough to be asked by Youth Action Northern Ireland to present a workshop at their two-day Islands of Innovation conference/symposium attended by young leaders (18-35) yesterday in Belfast. The key purpose was to “explore what Britain and Ireland could look like in 2021, consider how they can contribute and assess what decisions more…

Brexit won’t be the Holy Grail some nationalists think it is…

Nice interview by Allison Morris with Mervyn Gibson… Rev Gibson, who voted in favour of Brexit, says he thinks Sinn Féin see Britain leaving the EU as “useful tool in their propaganda machine”. “I was in favour of Brexit and returning sovereignty to the UK in general, I was fed up with EU telling us more…

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Northern Ireland shows that sport can lead as well as follow…

Last year was a blast for both parts of the island at the finals of the Euros. This year, whilst the Republic faces a steep climb to get to the second place playoffs, Northern Ireland must concentrate on pushing their rankings to get higher seed status in those playoffs. Northern Ireland has come a very more…

Soapbox on the Radio: “A plague on both their houses”, Redux

By way of completion, here’s a couple of segments from today’s Nolan Show which was inspired by our Soapbox from SF’s leader on Belfast City Council Jim McVeigh yesterday, with a testy encounter between Malachi O’Doherty and Eamonn Mallie… Worth noting that the issue in this segment concludes with one caller asking why Sinn Fein insist more…

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Will Gerry Adams’ ‘significant address’ effect a return to Stormont?

Michelle O’Neill has finally wrested the microphone away from the boss. Privately she’s well considered by folks in Northern Irish civil society, but to be honest, if she doesn’t start inhabiting a leadership space soon, it will be hard for anyone outside the party to take SF’s NI participation seriously. Apparently, the party’s think in more…

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Micheál Martin slamming a heavy door on government with Sinn Féin will have wider ramifications

Fascinating manoeuvring going on in the Republic at the weekend. There’s been a lot of press speculation about the challenge an enlarged Sinn Féin representation in Dail Eireann will present to the two main parties. Some SF TDs may struggle to hold on in places like Laois where boundary changes will force a defence of two seats, but more…

“speed of Sinn Fein’s rejection makes it clear Gerry Adams’ intransigence is still in place…”

Falls to the UUP leader to point out the bleedin’ obvious about SF’s rather hasty presser… “While we acknowledge the attempt by the DUP to provide fresh impetus to bring the Assembly and Executive back after a considerable hiatus, the speed of Sinn Fein`s rejection makes it abundantly clear that Gerry Adams’ intransigence is still more…

“Closing Stormont has only bound the [Ulster] Scots and [Ulster] English more tightly together…”

My old mucker, Andrew Breitbart once said “politics is downstream from culture.” Andrew was a lot smarter in that regard than many of his liberal critics. It’s something Newton Emerson explores in today’s Irish Times re Northern Ireland’s three tribes: If it seems fanciful to speak of an English/Scottish unionist divide in the 21st century, more…

Disaffection of SF’s base will likely tie Michelle O’Neill’s hand in Autumn talks

Interesting piece from John Manley on Danny Morrison’s latest intervention on the current impasse: Mr Morrison told The Irish News that Sinn Féin’s support base had become disillusioned with power-sharing because unionists failed to reciprocate outreach gestures from the likes of former Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness. The one-time Mid Ulster assembly member said relations more…

Is it OK to punch a Nazi (if your intention is to uphold the rule of law)?

Normally, I try to leave the mad house that is mainstream US politics alone. We’ve enough madness at home to want to go seeking it elsewhere.  This probably shouldn’t need saying, but clearly (judging by some of the general commentaries) it clearly does… The question that has been troubling me, however, is this: is it OK to punch a more…