“Bellwether interface” kicking off with multiple petrol bomb attacks…

This is the front page of the Irish News this morning. It makes the legitimate point that whilst David Cameron was telling the world Northern Ireland has changed, a four year old girls received minor burn injuries from a petrol bomb thrown into Bryson Street in the Short Strand. The incident brought substantive comment from Belfast’s former Lord Mayor Niall O Donnghaile: “I visited the young girl who was injured today and her family and spoke with the PSNI following …

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Why does it flare up at Short Strand every time?

There was a heated exchange between, well, let’s just say Alex Maskey seemed to get heated up at the thought of what was, yet again, happening at Short Strand/Pitt Park interface last night. To the consternation of many he expressed the thought that if he lived in Short Strand he’d be throwing back some of the stones that came in too. There are many interfaces around the city, but few have as torrid a time as this one over the …

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“In her hands golf balls which she said were thrown by her nationalist neighbours…”

Worth watching this piece from Gerry Adams at a Presser at the weekend. “It is not spontaneous, it is not organic, it is orchestrated it is planned. This was a deliberate policy of coming to these so-called interface areas and attacking people only on the basis that they are Catholic.” Except here’s the UTV news from last week, which reports another version of the truth and a group of loyalist protesters returning from the centre of Belfast: Indeed, Mr Adams …

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Respect?

[click here if image doesn’t show] From today’s Irish News (h/t to @Short_Strand). Doesn’t really need much more comment. Sorry to rain on anyone’s parade, but you know what us Fenian bastards are like. At least in the case of the bandsman urinating on the church gates, the Grand Secretary of the Orange Order was quick out of the blocks this morning to the BBC: Mr Nelson said the incident was “outrageous and unacceptable”. He apologised unreservedly to the priest and parishioners of …

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Late night stroll with Niall Ó Donnghaile around Short Strand

Niall Ó Donnghaile

To get a different perspective on the Eleventh Night and the Twelfth Day, I went for a late night walk with Niall Ó Donnghaile around Short Strand about half an hour before midnight. While some young folk were congregating around the Mountpottinger/Albertbridge Road junction, the area was largely deserted – the only noise being the PA belting out music in Pitt Park, about a hundred yards away over the wall. Now a Sinn Féin councillor, and this year Belfast’s Lord …

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“We lived in peace for a few years, and then all this is coming back”

A view from the Protestant side of the peace walls… The mystery of exactly what kicked all this off, continues… 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

“They’ve hit homes with paint bombs, pipe bombs and petrol bombs.”

According to a BBC report, a large group of masked men have attacked a number of houses in east Belfast’s Short Strand area.  From the BBC report Lord Mayor of Belfast Niall O Donnghaile, a Sinn Fein councillor for the area, was at the scene. He told the BBC that 60-100 masked men fully dressed in camouflage gear have been attacking homes. And from the same report Police are at the scene and community and youth workers have been trying to defuse …

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POTD – Mountpottinger Police Station and smiling SF representative

Sinn Fein representative Niall Ó Donnghaile pictured yesterday outside the partially demolished PSNI barracks on Mountpottinger Road. Internal stripping of the building has been going on for the last few weeks and this week saw the start of the building itself being demolished. For years the Police station which is located in the centre of the Nationalist Short Strand has dominated the sky line. The need for social housing in the Strand means that in all likelihood the site will be …

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Short Strand protestants..

Suzanne Breen talks to protestant women in the troubled area in East Belfast, kindly reproduced by Newshound. The three women all live right on the peaceline in the Clandeboye Estate. Jean grew up in the staunchly unionist Newtownards Road area. She has five children and moved into the Short Strand 30 years ago. “Since May our homes have been under sustained attack from loyalists day and night,” she says. Mick FealtyMick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers …

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