Artless protest? Or a disappointing protest that hasn’t yet occupied the agenda of the public or the church?

Despite being critical of Occupy Belfast’s media strategy over the past few months, I’m still disappointed when they respond to Peter Robinson’s jibe about their “artless protest” with a press release. Occupy Belfast would like to take this opportunity to say that we will not be going away and will be relentless in our campaign to expose the hypocrisy and spin emanating from the charade on the hill. At the NI Assembly Business Trust’s event last Thursday evening, the First …

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Talking to Occupy Belfast camp in Writer’s Square

Occupy Belfast Writers Square

Following on from my earlier Occupy Belfast – rebels without a cause? post, I spoke to Gerry Carroll at lunchtime today, sheltering under a pagoda set up beside the impromptu Occupy Belfast camp in Writer’s Square opposite St Anne’s Cathedral. About ten tents are pitched in the square. The protesters have a nightly meeting at 6pm to decide on the next course of action, and have no plans to pack up their camp. More info on Facebook and Twitter. Alan …

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Trouble at the Cathedral with a Needle

According to a BBC report Five board members at St Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast have resigned over the Church of Ireland’s decision to drop the post of Director of Music.  In their resignation letter, they said the decision was “destructive of the Cathedral’s excellent choral music”. It is understood the current director, Philip Stopford, has been off work on health grounds since the decision to axe the post earlier this summer. The Chuch of Ireland said the issue was a matter …

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