Get your tickets for Pints & Prose. Malachi O’Doherty discusses his new biography of Gerry Adams…

Monday the 18th September – 7:15pm – The Dark Horse Bar, Belfast. Join us for a conversation with journalist Malachi O’Doherty about his new biography of the Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams. Your host for the evening will be Alan Meban. ‘Loathed, loved, terrorist to some, brilliant political strategist to others – what do we make of Gerry Adams? Malachi O’Doherty, one of Northern Ireland’s most fearless journalists and writers, has gone further than anyone else to disentangle it all in this …

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Iain Overton: human rights and hubris #feile2014 @amnestyni

Iain Overton delivered this year’s annual investigative journalism and human rights lecture at lunchtime today as part of Féile an Phobail. It may also have been the first [Ed – and last?] annual honest-about-hubris lecture. But more about that later. In a change of format away from Amnesty’s previous panels of local journalists, Iain began his solo lecture [MP3] by outlining his circuitous route through two degrees and a spell in British Airways before entering into journalism. Exposing corruption and …

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“these two communities who define Northern Ireland do not live in irredeemable contempt of each other”

There’s a grimness and seeming inevitability to yesterday’s events that smack of the adolescents (some of them long enough in the tooth to know better) being allowed to take over the running of the whole place. But Malachi O’Doherty’s piece is a reminder that, whatever the deep misgivings, occasionally a simple act of civility transcends the madness: …two features of the Twelfth were unforgettable: the awesome appearance of the banners coming over the Railway Bridge like the sails of galleons in a …

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“What we have learned is that hearts and minds are fluid. And they do change”

No better man than Malachi O’Doherty for a sweet and powerful valedictory for a very long and sometimes politically tough Peace Process™ era, and the programme that brought us some of the most memorable commentary of that era… And in the process he also praises the decency, for the most part, of politicians who are now battling manfully to get things done… Ní Bheidh a Leithéid Arís Ann… Mick FealtyMick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on …

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POTD – Sir Mark Tully

Who was in conversation with Malachi O’Doherty in the last of a series of talks as part of Malachi’s writer in residence at Queens University. It surprised me to hear that Sir Mark has been in India since 1965(the year i was born) He came across as a thoroughly decent and well educated man with a deep understanding of India. You can listen to the full interview with the former Bureau Chief of the BBC in New Delhi here Moochin …

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“I think there has been a desire not to delve into anything that upsets the current status quo in Northern Ireland”

Head shot of Suzanne Breen and Malachi O'Doherty

Since Malachi O’Doherty took over as the BBC Louis MacNeice Writer of Residence at Queen’s University, he’s embarked on what sometimes seems like a one-man festival of events. Fortnightly meetings of Blog Standard (a kind of Bloggers Anonymous), a book group, interviewing BBC correspondents and presenters as well as local political journalists. This afternoon, it was the timely turn of Robert Peston. But last week, Malachi cosied up to Suzanne Breen, who until its recent demise was the Northern editor …

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How David Cameron has shifted the ‘moral economy’…

Two interesting aspects of Malachi O’Doherty’s latest post on his own blog. One is the soundtrack of the crowds in Derry listening to David Cameron’s broadcast speech from the House of Commons. First there are jeers, and then it gives ways to cheers. And then this, which is actually Malachi’s response to his first commenter: …the moral economy has shifted. No previous prime minister during the peace process has hinted at a willingness to embarrass Martin McGuinness and at the …

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