DUP condemns intimidation of Catholic family

Another incident in a steady campaign of intimidation aimed at uprooting Catholics from Larne has taken place. In that sense this is a tragic, but unremarkable story. The DUP have been slow to condemn such incidents in the past, prefering to leave it to others in the UUP and the PUP. This time local councilor more…

Bloody Sunday; witness breaks ranks

It looks like we’ve hit the most crucial witness in the Saville enquiry at the Guildhall in Derry. Rosie Cowan in the Guardian: “He believed two soldiers in particular were responsible for triggering the shooting, and that between them they killed eight or 10 people. He did not see any civilians with guns or bombs more…

BBC poll; climate change?

The BBC have published a new poll that indicates that support of the Belfast Agreement has suffered a major loss of confidence: “It suggests support for the Agreement is now only 56% – compared to more than 70% at the time of the referendum four years ago. Only a third of unionists would vote for more…

Will, or can, the IRA disband?

Despite the suggestion that the IRA will have to disband to bring all parties back into government, the precidents are not encouraging. Brian Feeney in the Irish News, delves back into history: “The IRA did not disband after the Civil War. It divided. The winners continued as the Free State army: most of the losers more…

The courtship begins

Phew. At last it has begun. Gemma Murray reports on the courtship we have all been waiting for; close talks between the DUP and Sinn Fein, according to the UUP that is: “A so-called courtship dance between the DUP and Sinn Fein has begun, according to Deputy Ulster Unionist leader Sir Reg Empey. Speaking at more…

Changes in the Catholic working class?

Last month, we reported David Ervine’s concerns of the gulf between the Protestant middle classes and the working class: “…the Catholic middle class put back into the communities they came from, whilst the protestant middle classes have concentrated on draining the bucket dry.” However, Mairtin O’Muillieor looks at his own Catholic community and similar concerns more…

Stormont; why did it collapse?

Dennis Murray, the BBC’s senior Northern Ireland correspondent: “Street disturbances and the hugely divisive marching season combined to turn up the temperature on the sectarian front – those tensions being much more evident after the worst of the troubles had gone. There is also a core assumption in the agreement that once in government, trust more…

What happens to the departments

As the new team of junior minsters fly in to take up their new posts, the Belfast Telegraph have kindly provided a series of short reports on what happens next under the some of the briefs the new team will assume: Finance and Personnel; First and Deputy First Minister; Health; Environment; Agriculture; Education; Social Development.

Thanks

To Andrew of Dodgeblog for adding the Letter to his list of recommended reading. And to writer Ed Driscoll.

Agreement remains the framework

Number 10 Downing Street has re-stated its determination that the original Agreement of 1998 is to remain the template for political progress. That should keep most people on board. Including those we have come to understand as anti the Agreement. A careful examination of the DUP’s 2001 manifesto, for instance, shows that amendment rather than more…

Thanks

To Doc Searl’s weblog, what I believe is a Dutch site called HEFTKLAMMERN and BaristaLog

Economics of blogging

It may become more effective at reaching young wealthy audiences than traditional paper media, but as primary activity blogging doesn’t pay. One of the leading lights of the form, Andrew Sullivan: “…we may have, I think, what one Internet writer recently called an air and gold problem. Air is much more vital to human beings more…

Business needs delivery now!

An eloquant and politically literate case for getting on with it, from Tom Kelly of DCL Media in the subscription only Irish News: “…each political party seems to be obsessed with the role they think they should have either in a society that is yet to come or a society set in the good old more…

Reid hopes for a short period of suspension

The Secretary of State believes is possible to bring about an agreement fairly swiftly. There is a revealing interview with David Trimble’s election agent, George Savage: “. many of his constituents recognised that they were part of a time of historic change. ‘Farmers have long recognised this change. They have to compete directly with farmers more…

Suspension; eye witness

In the subscription only Irish News Newton Emerson, editor of the satirical website Portadown News was in Stormont on the last day of business. One thing that consistently erks the reasonable middle ground parties is the way that most commentators rarely talk to them: “The Women’s Coalition are first to brave the spotlight. Cruelly, several more…

Securocrats turn tables on Sinn Fein?

Dissident Republican Anthony McIntyre, in the wake of charges against four Sinn Fein members, writes in the last week for Fortnight magazine : “…the real difficulty faced by the party is not one that can be deferred by seeking refuge in sub judice. It is not that in the court of public opinion Donaldson may more…

Resident racism at England matches?

“No surrender to the IRA” continues to be a popular chant at English football matches. According to the Daily Telegraph, the English FA doesn’t like it. “Any political or racial chanting, including the well-known ‘No Surrender’, has no place around the England team,” their spokesman, Adrian Bevington, commented. “The FA and pro-active individuals in supporters’ more…