Region Archives: Northern Ireland

Ritchie on the ‘stuck’ Executive…

SDLP leader Margaret Ritchie says the NI assembly continues to be ‘dysfunctional.’ In a blistering attack on incomplete projects in the term just ended the South Down MP predicts the Executive’s performance will worsen under the weight of further cuts. These are the key areas of ‘failure’ highlighted by her: “The long and expensive process more…

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Second night of rioting in west Belfast

Five police officers have been injured during a second night of disturbances in west Belfast.  On Friday night police were attacked by rival crowds throwing bricks, bottles and petrol bombs in the Broadway area.  Last night police were attacked in the same area by a crowd of about 100 people. Stones, fireworks, paint and petrol more…

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Photograph of the Day – Let the hanging begin

For those interested i’m installing my exhibition today and tomorrow. I’ll be displaying 1050 portraits which hopefully will show not just the diversity of Belfast and it’s changing face(s) but also the people i photographed using the 2 camera technique ‘Through the Viewfinder’. There is also going to be a wall of TtV photographs sent more…

Date set for one-day US economic forum on Northern Ireland

The US Economic Envoy to Northern Ireland, Declan Kelly, has announced the date for a one-day economic forum on Northern Ireland to be held in Washington. The US-NI Economic Conference will be held on October 19, with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton overseeing the event at the State Department in Washington DC. Political leaders had already made more…

Third cricket club targeted by vandals

A third cricket club in County Londonderry has been targeted by vandals in the past week.  The playing surfaces of a number of pitches have been destroyed in the attacks. Police said they have not yet established whether there is a link between the three attacks, but have asked people who live near sports grounds more…

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Vote often, vote often?

Just how many ticks and crosses might you be asked to make in May 2011? Council elections (for 26 councils) NI Assembly elections Electoral reform (Alternative Vote) referendum All of these opportunities to exercise your democratic right are pencilled in for Thursday 5 May next year. The Welsh Assembly elections were also expected to be more…

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NI Attorney General: ‘gap in the system introduced by the devolution of justice’

Northern Ireland’s new Attorney General, John Larkin, was giving evidence to the Assembly’s Justice Committee today.  And, as the BBC notes, he repeated his concerns about his lack of oversight powers over the Public Prosecution Service. Last month, Mr Larkin said he might not have all the powers he needed. Unlike his direct rule predecessor, he will more…

“We must deal with the past without living in it.”

The four three Victims Commissioners have published their “Advice to Government” on “Dealing with the Past” [pdf file].  From the document The Commission for Victims and Survivors has concluded that there is a need for the British Government, acting with the support of the Irish Government, to press the political and civic leaders of Northern more…

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Slugger’s comment thread rebuild – redux

You may recall that – a few weeks ago – I posted an idea on how we can add value to Slugger’s comments thread. It met with a mixed reaction, and while some of you liked the idea and saw possibilities in it, there were also some extremely perceptive objections. As a result, we have more…

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Chief Constable seeks support for deployment of private security firms

According to BBC NI Home Affairs correspondent Vincent Kearney, at Thursday’s meeting of the NI Policing Board the Chief Constable Matt Baggot will seek endorsement of a plan to use private security firms to replace the estimated 400 PSNI officers currently providing protection for politicians, judges and other potential terrorist targets, and guarding police stations. From more…

“And then there was Arthur Morgan…”

An RTÉ report notes that a couple of TDs have been disciplined by their parties following yesterday’s vote in the Dáil which resulted in a ban on stag hunting, but not stalking.  And Harry McGee makes a sharp observation at his Irish Times blog And then there was Arthur Morgan. Like the Labour Party, Sinn Fein has done more…

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I wonder what they’ll spend the money on……

It’s just been announced that the Ulster Museum has won the Art Fund prize of £100,000. Congratulations are in order but it does beg the question  can the Museum and trustees spend the prize as they wish or does the Minister for Culture & Arts  Nelson McCausland have the final say so?

High Court rejects Arthurs’ challenge to non-jury trial ruling

I noted in May the start of “prominent Co Tyrone republican” Brian Arthurs’ legal challenge to the ruling that he should stand trial in a non-jury court, on charges of converting criminal property and obtaining a money transfer by deception.  The original case against Arthurs collapsed in August 2008 when the judge ruled that the more…

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Two convicted in Real IRA arms plot trial

As reported here.  35 security service agents applied for anonymity before the start of the trial.  Previously, the judge ruled that a third defendant had been entrapped by MI5.  From the BBC report The judge described the Security Services’ operation as an “elaborate and successful” hoax. The trial was the first for 20 years in which more…

Guantanamo torture inquiry may have implications for Northern Ireland

The imminent announcement of a judge led inquiry into allegations of torture involving MI5 complicity is being welcomed by civil liberties groups in Britain. The inquiry is expected to offer compensation in cases, where necessary, and is likely to be held in private. A judge-led inquiry or commission may have the advantage of bringing together more…

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Two Arrests as Police Officers Injured During Customs Raid

Two police officers have been injured, one critically, during a cross border customs operation near Meigh, south Armagh.  Two men have been arrested.  From the RTÉ report Over the weekend a cargo of smuggled cigarettes arrived from China in Dublin Port. Watched by customs officers, the cargo was then brought to Dundalk. Earlier today the container was then more…