Tricky Dicky

Belfast Telegraph carries a story on President Nixon’s reactions to Bloody Sunday.“Former US President Richard Nixon considered sending a celebrity self-help guru to Northern Ireland to heal divisions after Bloody Sunday, new White House tapes released to the Belfast Telegraph have revealed. Nixon also considered sending fundamental Protestant preacher, Billy Graham and the Catholic Cardinal of New York, Terence Cooke. The tapes show how the Nixon administration strongly sided with the British government but wanted to show that they were …

Read more…Tricky Dicky

Intimidation of a writer…

Dissident Republican commentator Anthony McIntyre looks at some of the behind the scenes intimidation faced by the Loyalist commentator and Irish Times columnist, Davy Adams. Mick FealtyMick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty

Michael Collins.

BBC Radio 4 tonight at 11PM has a New series of Great Lives in which Tim Pat Coogan will help David Puttnam examine “what distinguishes Terrorists from freedom fighters”“On August 22 1922, as the Irish civil war raged, a 31-year-old man was shot dead in an ambush at Beal na mBlath, County Cork. Michael Collins was commander-in-chief of the National Army and – take your pick according to political prejudice – a hero of Irish independence, a traitor to the …

Read more…Michael Collins.

Cois Locha

The Irish News today carries a story that Newry and Mourne councillors have voted to name a new block of flats Cois Locha, which translates as Waterside, despite being informed that to so do would be breaking the law. As it stands the flats should be named in English and an Irish sign can subsequently be erected if a majority of residents wish to do so.Sinn Féin councillor Brendan Lewis said that the legislation was counter to the Good Friday …

Read more…Cois Locha

Opening Pandora’s box…

THE Government is set to announce an expanded role for a police unit to investigate the unsolved murders – including 200 RUC officers – of the Troubles. It would seem that a combination of re-opening criminal investigations, inquiries and the possibility of a ‘Victim’s Forum’, with a possible role for a museum at the Maze Prison site, is how we intend to bring ‘closure’ to the conflict. A Truth and Reconciliation Commission now appears less likely than ever. Belfast Gonzosluggerotoole.com

Finucane inquiry granted…

The British government has given the go ahead for an inquiry into the killing of solicitor Pat Finucane. Mick FealtyMick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty

Civil rights or human rights?

Pat Ramsey, an SDLP MLA for Foyle, has called for wide participation in a commemoration of the original Civil Rights March in Derry in 1969. The commemerative march is to take place on Saturday 2nd October. Here he outlines what the original movement meant to him and his party, and how he believes they might be interpreted in contemporary Northern Ireland.From Pat Ramsey It is important that we do not let three decades of violence and armed action cloud our …

Read more…Civil rights or human rights?

NI populations still in paramilitary flux

David Vance points to a BBC article that says “£45m – a rise of 50% – was spent buying properties from people forced out of their homes”, as a result of various activities of illegal Loyalist and Republican organisations. Given this figure relates to the relocation of home owners, it indicates only a small part of the real cost of relocating the 1,245 households made homeless in the last year. Mick FealtyMick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written …

Read more…NI populations still in paramilitary flux

Nothing to fear, but fear itself..?

MICK Hume argues that the target of terrorism is often not physical, but exploits our worst fears. At a time when many distrust how their government deals with threat, he writes: “As we recoil in horror from what has been happening in Russia, let us try to remember that the corrosive culture of fear poses the greatest threat to our own and our children’s future in a free society.” Belfast Gonzosluggerotoole.com

Sinn Féin asks British to cease spy operations

Sinn Fein has called for the British government to call off surveillance operations after a bug was founding in a meeting room in Connelly House. Gerry Adams has asked for a line to be drawn under the conduct of all future such operations. Mick FealtyMick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. …

Read more…Sinn Féin asks British to cease spy operations

Brighton Bomb documentaries

The BBC are screening what the Observer newspaper describes as two of the year’s finest documentaries over on BBC 1 tonight. The first at 9pm, The Brighton Bomb, is a detailed account of the IRA’s attempt to blow up Margaret Thatcher and her cabinet. The second (10.35pm) focuses on Patrick Magee, the man convicted of the bombing, and the investigation that tracked him down. Mick FealtyMick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the …

Read more…Brighton Bomb documentaries

Barrett’s guilt is not enough…

Rosie Cowan returns briefly to matters Northern Ireland with words from Pat Finucane’s son Michael, who suggests Ken Barrett’s admission that he killed his father is less his concern than discovering the nature of the command and control mechanism behind the murder. Mick FealtyMick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: …

Read more…Barrett’s guilt is not enough…

Sinn Fein protest bugging…

Martin McGuinness has suggested that British Security operatives were responsible for planting bugging devices at the home of a woman who works with Gerry Adams. Mick FealtyMick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty

Ouch!

Rumour has reached us that one of the assailants in a recent gun attack also managed to put himself into hospital by shooting himself in the ‘privates’ during the get away! For those less familiar with recent events in Belfast, there has been a low level conflict rising between rival Loyalist paramilitaries over the last few weeks. For background, see here. Anyone familiar with the plot line of Colin Bateman’s novel and subsequent film, ‘Divorcing Jack’, or Martin Lynch’s early …

Read more…Ouch!

Demographic nightmare

If both sides are to be believed then no one is to blame for the ongoing nightmare in North Belfast. Still there is something quite chilling in the latest statement from Loyalists with regard to recent violence. It is forthwrite, simple and completely unapologetic: The senior loyalist said that Mr Lawlor had been killed in retaliation for a gun attack on Sunday evening in which a Protestant teenager was seriously injured. He said: “We’re one bullet, one fatality away from …

Read more…Demographic nightmare