Region Archives: Northern Ireland

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Book your free tickets for the launch of the Civil Rights 50th Anniversary Programme with a keynote address from poet Michael Longley…

The broad-based 50th Anniversary of  Civil Rights Commemoration Committee, chaired by Professor Paul Arthur, wish to commemorate 50th Anniversary of Civil Rights in a sober, inclusive and reflective way. We want to seek to learn from what happened, to consider the significance of the Civil Rights movement for our society today and the continuing resonance more…

Barry McElduff resigns as an MP

Barry McElduff has resigned as the MP for West Tyrone; His statement The reason I am doing so is because of the consequences of the Twitter video which has caused such controversy over the last week. “But the deep and unnecessary hurt this video caused the families of the victims of Kingsmill is my greatest more…

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Soapbox: It’s well past time to move on…….

I am almost 69. If I am lucky I may have a few years still to go. Since I was 20 my life has been lived with the spectre of the ‘troubles ‘ hovering over me.  The troubles have defined my country, my life and those of my children. I do not want them to more…

Arlene Foster spoke no empty words. The road to renewed cross community cooperation may run through Dublin and Brussels

Arlene Foster’s demarche surely marks a truce or even peace  between the Irish government and the DUP in the squabbles over Brexit. It will also  consolidate Dublin’s  improving  relations with Westminster. All this is welcome. Neither wants a hard land border on the island or trade barriers between the Republic and Great Britain. It was more…

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” Change should not be allowed to weaken the relationships so painstakingly put together across these British Isles. “

DUP Leader Rt. Hon. Arlene Foster MLA speaking at the inaugural Killarney Economic Conference this morning. Whilst the referendum was a vote by the British people, the ripples that flow from the referendum result will be far reaching with long-term implications for people well beyond the shores of the United Kingdom.  And I appreciate and more…

David Stevens Memorial Lecture and Presentation of CRC Award for Exceptional Achievement, Parliament Buildings, Belfast, Northern Ireland. @NI_CRC #CRWeek15

Time for nationalism to provide representation based on an expansion of the future for ALL the people of Northern Ireland

So Brian’s cartoon made the News Letter’s editorial yesterday. I’ve only ever cited a leading article on a handful of occasions but this is worth noting… On one hand, it’s just a statement of what ought already to be obvious. But after a year of Sinn Fein propaganda, a lot of people seem to have been more…

“As with the hardest essay questions, there is no right answer but many wrong ones.”

Writing in the Guardian, “former Downing Street Brexit spokesperson”, Matthew O’Toole [no relation – Ed] has some intelligent, and interesting, things to say about “the psychology of imagined identity” here, and the task facing the new Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Karen Bradley, as well as the UK Prime Minister in the next phase of more…

Crucial court ruling today on Loughinisland report will have a major impact on dealing with the past

Mr Justice McCloskey is due to rule today  on whether the police ombudsman’s  findings of  police collusion in the Loughinisland murders should be quashed. His earlier ruling that the findings  were “ careless, thoughtless and inattentive . . . in . . . language and structuring” and “quite unacceptable by any standard” was greeted with more…

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#Cartoongate: Illustrating a “lecturing fatigue” brought on by Sinn Féin’s hypocritical stance on equality issues

On Wednesday evening, our one-time cartoonist and occasional blogger Brian John Spencer landed himself in controversial waters over a graphic depiction of the Kingsmill massacre. For the most part, we on Slugger kept out of it as Twitter went into meltdown. Things went ‘ballistic’ when South Belfast DUP MLA Christopher Stalford took the cartoon and more…

Reconciliation statue Photo by Amanda Slater

Courage of Kingsmills Victims Defied Sectarian Divide

Much ink has been spilled about the sorry Barry McElduff/Kingsmills loaf saga. Susan McKay’s analysis in Tuesday’s Irish Times is one of the most insightful, but bleak, contributions. It’s worth reading her full text, which brings her to this conclusion: The absence of reconciliation has never been more starkly apparent, and as usual, those most more…

What are we to make of the expert opinion that British intelligence reports of the past are being withheld for reasons that are ” increasingly random?”

The Guardian’s expert on the history of intelligence Richard Norton Taylor writes the following in an article on intelligence withheld  or released. Documents held back this year include files relating to the Scott inquiry into the arms-to-Iraq affair, a file on allegations of sexual abuse at the Kincora boys’ home in Belfast which the former army information officer more…

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“This is such a mess for Sinn Féin against the background of the party’s calls for respect and equality…”

Interesting coda to the McElduff saga… John Manley writes “according to Mr [Brian] Feeney, Mr McElduff ‘got off lightly’…” “This sanction was very lenient,” he told The Irish News last night. “He has done this sort of stuff before and been warned against it but still continues to play the clown.” The Irish News columnist more…

“This isn’t an issue about the mayor, the mayor was using his democratic right to use that casting vote…”

So says the Derry and Strabane District Sinn Féin Councillor Eric McGinley, a party colleague of the mayor in question, Sinn Féin Councillor, Maolíosa McHugh.  The Sinn Féin mayor had previously declined to meet Prince Charles when he visited County Londonderry last year to meet victims of flooding.  In his place, representing the office of the mayor, more…