Frank Schnittger

The United Rugby Championship End Game: The provinces Collide

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Leinster need Munster and the Bulls to slip up against Ulster and Challenge Cup winners Sharks to have any chance of topping the table and retaining home advantage to the final. This seems unlikely, as the Sharks have nothing to …

Brendan Heading

Why does nationalism run away from Irish Unity at election time ?

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Shortly after the announcement of the general election, I noted over in Scotland that both the SNP and Alba (Alex Salmond’s hardline pro-independence breakaway) were straight out of the blocks, seeking a mandate for Scottish independence. SNP leader John Swinney …

Soapbox

Tribeca, be damned…

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Eamonn Duffin is a local writer, Tyrone native and long term resident of Belfast. A recent graduate of the QUB Creative Writing MA, his work is soon to be featured in Belfast’s newest literary adventure, The Belfast Review. The Irish …

Brian O’Neill

Open sunday – politics free zone…

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In addition to our normal open Sunday, we have a politics-free post to give you all a break. So discuss what you like here, but no politics. Discover more from Slugger O'Toole Subscribe to get the latest posts to your …

Brian O’Neill

Open Sunday – discuss what you like…

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The idea for Open Sunday is to let you discuss what you like. Just two rules. Keep it civil and no man/woman playing. Discover more from Slugger O'Toole Subscribe to get the latest posts to your email. Type your email… …

Soapbox

Launch of Future Politics report…

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Anna Mercer is the Deputy Director of Strategem. You can follow her on Twitter… There has been a lot of chat about what the first 100 days has and hasn’t achieved since the restoration of the NI Executive and Assembly. …

Soapbox

We’re inching closer to the possibility of a new pandemic that may be worse than Covid-19…

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Ben M is a Slugger reader from Dublin… Bird Flu is so often mentioned in the news many people probably tune out. If you’re one of those you may have missed some recent developments. H5N1, the strain that’s been spreading …

Choyaa

Should the UUP just quit rather than have the slow decline?

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The pathetic sight of a rain-drenched Prime Minister announcing a general election, drowned out by Labour’s 1997 election anthem “Things Can Only Get Better,” epitomised the ineptitude and incompetence of the Tory government. Closer to home, these same words—ineptitude and …

Frank Schnittger

European Rugby Cup Final: Leinster Versus Toulouse

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European Cup Final: Leinster Versus Toulouse There seems to be an assumption doing the rounds in some quarters that Leinster are more or less entitled to win the European cup, and that any failure to do so will represent a …

Arnold Carton

Antisemitism – a Shield to Protect Israel?

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I cannot prove that I am not anti-German, or that I am not anti-Muslim. Such accusations are almost impossible to disprove. Even uttering the phrase, ‘I am not anti-Muslim’, invites people to consider, ‘Is he being truthful, or is he …

Andy Pollak

The rise of the anti-immigration movement in Ireland…

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There is something happening in Ireland (the Republic) and it is not pretty. It is the mobilisation by far-right actors of anti-immigration sentiment in response to a sharp increase (from a low base) in the number of asylum seekers arriving …

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