Ceasefire monitor

Despite the rejection of the Alliance party proposal for a ceasefire monitor by the IRA, it looks like it might go ahead regards of the thoughts of the Republican movement. Though as the Examiner points out, “Whatever transpires, it is highly unlikely that anybody other than the Northern Secretary will have the ultimate decision on more…

The trouble with interfaces

Interesting piece from from BBC correspondent Brian Walker. The meeting in question is a yearly coming together of politicians, community workers and various classes of academics and is held under confidentiality rules. He highlights one particularly interesting thought: “…community workers on both sides of the west Belfast peaceline believed that ever higher peace walls, now more…

Unionist backroom

Unionist commentator Steven King, who has had an interesting, if very indirect, public tennis match with Peter Robinson in the last few weeks (see here and here), raises some important points in last night’s Belfast Telegraph. Addressing the dissidents in the UUP, he suggests that they as a party have to play a winable game, more…

Policing drama

Trimble comes out with a victory to hand his party on 21st September, the Police Reserves are to stay. Blair pledges his backing for the Police Service. David Ford of the Alliance party renews his support for an independent ceasefire monitor, saying: “There is an assumption that uncomfortable truths are being swept under the carpet more…

Sectarianism debate

There’s a fairly comprehensive write-up of the debate we first reported here, in yesterday’s Belfast Telegraph. The original motion from Gerry Kelly Sinn Fein, condemned all forms of sectarianism, but without naming any practical means to tackle it. This was followed by amendments from Ian Paisley DUP and then Esmond Birnie UUP and Alex Attwood more…

Interface; who's to blame?

Maybe that’s too big a question. What about, who started it? Or even, who continued it when they could have stopped? Although it seems from Alan McQuillan’s recent statement that the current trouble is being driven by dissident loyalists, the truth is this trouble exists in a very nasty continuum. The defence you’ll hear from more…

Meaninglessness of 'Terrorism'

Suzanne Breen’s thoughtful probing of a word that means all things to all men: “The White House works with terrorists and terrorist states – bin Laden in his mujahedin days and Saddam during the war with Iran – when it suits its strategic purposes. It entertains Provo leaders at official receptions but wants bin Laden, more…

Nationalist backroom

On the subscription based Irish News site, Brian Feeney is exercised about the forthcoming election (whenever it happens), and in particular the behaviour of the dissidents within the UUP. He writes: “..they have no intention of being satisfied with anything less than Trimble’s departure and the agreement’s collapse. What makes Trimble’s position even more imponderable more…

Policing drama

Tom Constantine warns that the pressure must be keep up for continuing reforms of the police, but that the constant rioting of the type witnessed through the summer is presenting a real threat to such reforms (more here).

TV presenter unites politicians

Eammon Holmes, Belfast born anchorman on a popular UK breakfast tv programme, has drawn support from leading members of the Orange Order and Sinn Fein for his recent attack on Belfast’s lawlessness. They all agreed that Belfast is filthy, and needs to be cleaned up fast.

Meetings, meetings and more meetings

Gerry Adams rejects ceasefire monitor, as part of a ‘Save Dave’ campaign. Another roudn of meetings is to take place: Adams-Reid; Trimble-Adams; and Durkan-Blair. Update: Trimble-Adams talks ‘useful’ “Crisis peace process talks between the Ulster Unionist leader David Trimble and Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams have broken up without comment from either politician.”

Sectarianism debate

Hot off the press. In a frantic session this afternoon, the relatively mild mannered Patrick Roache was expelled from the Chamber for the rest of the sitting. One Alliance Party representative said, “it has been very heated and Mr Paisley is having a field day”. It appears he accused Gerry Kelly of being a murderer more…

Policing drama

Gerry Adams rejects the Alliance party’s initiative to bring in an independent monitor of the ceasefires. Several protestants living within the Short Strand have claimed (sub needed) that all the violence in the area is being orchestrated by loyalists. One such said: “I was brought up to respect the police, but I don’t have any more…

Cultural dialogue

Well worth the read is loyalist Billy Mitchell’s ongoing dialogue with republican Sean Smyth at the Blanket.

Unionist backroom

Duncan Shipley Dalton, viewed by many nationalists as one of the more consistently progressive voices within the UUP, may be one of several ‘Doves’ asked to leave their seats in the next election to make room for the new ‘Hawks’ David Burnside and Jeffrey Donaldson. In a recent interview with Malachi O’Doherty, the newly appointed more…

The effect of 9/11 on Ulster

Good workmanlike analysis on the reaction amongst Loyalists and Republicans to Bush’s call for a ‘war on terrorism’. It opens, with the almost brutal observation, that “Churchill once remarked that not even the cataclysm of the First World War altered the integrity of our ‘quarrel’ here.” And goes on to conclude, “…the ‘war on terrorism’ more…

Other Weblogs

Since the demise of the Daypop search, it is difficult to find other good (or even bad) weblogs that even come next to the subject of politics in Northern Ireland. However, I have just found this one on British Politics this morning by pure accident. Airstrip One occasionally has great links on Irish stories under more…

Sinn Féin agus Dílseoirí agus an Príomh-Chonstáblacht nua?

Cuireann Robert McMillan an ceist seo isteach orainn: “An ábhar dóchais é seo, nó an bhfuil na páirtithe a bhfuil baint acu le paramílitigh ag iarraidh cumhacht a roinnt ina gceantracha féin?” Mí scéal maith é go bhfuil cruinniú speisialta den Chomhairle Aontachtach le bheith ann níos moille sa mhí seo. Bfheidir gurb é Príomh-Chonstáblacht more…

Record number of immigrants

Short report from Brian Lavery at the New York Times. “Ireland recorded its highest immigration figures on record in the year to April, when 47,500 people moved into the country. Irish people returning home from abroad continue to make up the largest group of immigrants, 38 percent of the total, and more immigrants came from more…

US-Ireland business summit

Haass lays emphasis on political leaders to create the right environment for economic growth. The Sunday Business Post took the message to be “Make your own jobs”.