Author Archive | Mick Fealty

Dr Paisley goes to Dublin…

It’s a measure of how relaxed the DUP has become in its relations with Dublin that a delegation from its party is to visit Bertie Ahern and whoever his new Minister for Foreign Affairs is on Thursday. With Brian Cowen being tipped for a move in tomorrow’s cabinet reshuffle, the Doc is scheduled to make more…

Charter debate: free play of ideas

Professor Colin Harvey sets out the ideas behind the Charter of Right e-debate and provides the background to the idea for a charter. And asks some basic questions that the e-debate will seek answers to.By Colin Harvey The Belfast Agreement contains a clear commitment to human rights. Human rights protection remains a fundamental pillar of more…

How to comment on Slugger…

For those of you visiting Slugger for the first time, commenting on any of the stories here is now a very straightforward process. Fill in your name and details. Then just below the notice: “Enter the security code as displayed below”, you’ll see a five digit number. Just copy it in the field below, and more…

An e-debate on a Charter of Rights?

Discussion about the restoration of democratic institutions in Northern Ireland continues to rage around issues of demilitarisation, policing, security and accountability – all part of the current review of the Belfast Agreement.But that Agreement also commits to looking at “the possibility of establishing a charter, open to signature by all democratic political parties, reflecting and more…

McCartney: the first minister to blog

Ian McCartney is the first front bencher to make it to the blogosphere. There seems to be plenty of output from the man himself during the Labour Party conference. But it will be interesting to see if he can sustain it through when the rigours of the day job are more demanding.

Senior PSNI representative at Croke Park

Deputy Chief Constable Paul Leighton in the News Letter this morning, after attending yesterday’s Gaelic Athletic Association All-Ireland football final in Croke Park: “My interest in the sport has grown through our own PSNI team and I would like to congratulate both teams on their performance today” Thanks to reader Richard.

Clash of human rights and religious sentiment

As a warmer for tomorrow’s Charter of Rights e-debate, David Aaronvitch with an argument that the UN Declaration is too blunt an instrument to deal with the sensitivities of various religious groupings.

Recovering Redmond and pluralism for the Irish State

Bruce Arnold introduced the new EU Ambassador to the US John Bruton and his opening speech to the Reform Movement’s conference at the Mansion House in Dublin. He draws on the nature of the EU’s apparent ability to transcend nationalisms, and suggests that Irish nationalism re-examine it’s pre-1916 character to re-cover the pluralism of the more…

Society must be built on direct communication

Roy Garland argues that whatever positive effect of public dialogue events, there is nothing to compare with the direct and blunt communication between people from opposing traditions that take place, off camera.

Comments…

Having liberalised the commenting regime on Thursday, we’ve been rewarded with a whole new epidemic of comment spam. So we have put back the requirement to register with type key again.

Belated thanks…

A belated thanks to Eilis O’Hanlon who, I have only just discovered, wished us well in being shortlisted for the New Statesman Award back in June. Argh! Maybe we should have had the prize taken back off us for not having picked up on it before?! An extremely belated thanks Eilis!

Negotiations: close to substance of deal…

Interesting and thoughtful analysis from someone on the Independent staff. In particular it notes the presence of a group of academics last week who “…were amazed that parties should get so near agreement and fail to make the final connection”.

Civil partnerships: civil right or gay marriage?

Two things worthy of note in last week’s Hearts and Minds: the degree of agreement in the round table discussions at the beginning; and the lively discussion on civil partnerships – Steven King who argues that the expected UK legislation should be extended to NI with a minister who believes it’s the thin end of more…

A charter of rights for the island?

Next Tuesday we begin a two week online debate designed to explore the possibility of establishing an island-wide Charter of Rights, as suggested in the Belfast Agreement. And you don’t have to be coralled on the inside of an English castle to take part!It’s jointly sponsored by University College Cork, University of Leeds and the more…

Civil rights or human rights?

Pat Ramsey, an SDLP MLA for Foyle, has called for wide participation in a commemoration of the original Civil Rights March in Derry in 1969. The commemerative march is to take place on Saturday 2nd October. Here he outlines what the original movement meant to him and his party, and how he believes they might more…

Blog poet’s new residence…

Our attempt at having a blog poet in residence, was messed up by our server problems at the time. But if you want to read more of Dave Wood’s poetic ramblings (and I mean that in the nicest possible way), you can catch up with him at his own dedicated weblog.

NI populations still in paramilitary flux

David Vance points to a BBC article that says “£45m – a rise of 50% – was spent buying properties from people forced out of their homes”, as a result of various activities of illegal Loyalist and Republican organisations. Given this figure relates to the relocation of home owners, it indicates only a small part more…

First the city, next the county…

The controversy over the name of Derry/Londonderry is off again. For nationalists it’s a case of getting rid of a politically charged placename, but for the minority unionist commuity, it’s about acknowledging their history. And SDLP councillor Thomas Conway has widened the conflict by suggesting that the case for changing the county name also be more…