Helen McKendry on her mother’s abduction nearly 38 years later…

Before this passes, I recommend people watch this interview (1.02 in) with Helen McKendry on last Friday’s Late Late Show… In it she recounts her memories of the events that led to the disappearance of her mother, Jean McConville. How she refused to move back to her family in East Belfast, insisting that she had done nothing wrong. First lured from a local bingo hall with a false story that Helen herself had suffered a road traffic accident and then …

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Wake up centre parties. Your big break could be coming

Product. Game Up. But not over. The President sounds terse, even hip as he walks –out but not away. But hip as in beat or hip as in arthritis? In a round of comment on the “crisis” as Pete would punctuate it, I like Jim Fitzpatrick’s irreverent take best. Not bad for the Beeb. Is Sinn Fein sulking because the DUP are widening out to the other parties or is that a DUP stalling move? Btw the line in Gerry …

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New Force and the danger of déjà vu

I must admit to welcoming the Ulster Conservative and Unionist – New Force. If it produced a new mould breaking era of non sectarian politics I would be delighted. However, I would suggest that there are worrying echoes of the past in this new set up. I am of course referring to Trimble’s UUP: I know the comparison is far from exact but there are dangers lurking. Trimble’s leadership of the UUP was a triumph. This was the man who …

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