Looks like Reid is standing firm on the status of the ceasefires. Meanwhile the rioting has tempted the normally anti-Republican Malachy O’Doherty to make a strong attack on Loyalist tactics.
Full time: 3:0 It wasn’t always pretty, but it should do the team no harm to score three in open play. And what about England tomorrow? Here’s a Scottish perspective on the attitude of supporters in the Celtic Fringe towards England teams.
The big match against Saudi Arabia is coming up soon. Looks like controversial journalist and ex Republic of Ireland player Eammon Dunphy will be cooling his heels for a while after a controversial week or two trying to attack the Ireland manager Mick McCarthy. He has put his head above the parapet once too often and nearly (unfairly according to some) had it shot off.
The Short Strand has it’s back to several walls whilst East Belfast loyalists’ ceasefire is being strained to the limit. Nationalists call Unionists to account for loyalist violence as Gerry Adams claims much of the violence is down to a weakness in Unionist leadership, a claim disputed strongly by Ian Paisley Junior.
Threads of the backstory to the Short Strand troubles are beginning to emerge from the Catholic and the Protestant perspective. Looks like the loyalist paramilitaries are in breaking out in many different areas. Even as the peace process ‘continues’ David McKittrick points out that this has brought a split level reality in which the middle classes enjoy a kind of peace and prosperity whilst those caught in working class areas have to put up with an acceptable degree of lawlessness. … Read more
Threads of the back story to the Short Strand troubles are beginning to emergefrom the Catholic and the Protestant perspective. Looks like the loyalist paramilitaries are in breaking out in many different areas. Even as the peace process ‘continues’ David McKittrick points out that this has brought a split level reality in which the middle classes enjoy a kind of peace and prosperity whilst those caught inworking class areas have to put up with an acceptable degree of lawlessness. Meanwhile … Read more
John Cole probes the limitations of the current ‘peace‘.
The Short Strand has seen most of the disturbances over the long holiday weekend in which there were shootings and several Protestants moved out of their homes. There will no doubt be a number of different interpretations as to the hows and the whys. Father Des Wilson suspects that the trouble is related to the Maskey’s election as Mayor. The major Unionist reaction was David Trimble’s call for a government review of the ceasefires. There has been some heated discussion … Read more
The Irish are noted for being true to their identity for generations after they have left the ‘oul sod’, but Brendan O’Neill for one thinks it is time to draw a line under sentimental attachment to the country!
The big news of the day was the amazing result for the Republic of Ireland. The result sent Ireland’s top pundit deeper into despair after his predictions of his own country’s annihilation at the hand of Cameroon and the Germans crashed and burned, very publicly! Cameroon’s 1-0 victory over Saudi Arabia makes Ireland’s job crystal clear. Meanwhile in the North David Alderdice of the Alliance party explains why he backed Maskey to become the first Republican mayor of Belfast. Unionist … Read more
New Lord Mayor of Belfast
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