Brian Walker

Valid objections to a history of the British government’s role in the Troubles should not stand in the way of accountability

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Solemn commemorations have just been  held on the 50th anniversary of the Dublin and Monaghan no warning  bombings which claimed the lives of 34 people  and injured hundreds more. These atrocities were committed by loyalists  in the middle of the …

Frank Schnittger

The end is nigh! Crunch time in the United Rugby League

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The penultimate round of the URC has some intriguing match-ups and little room for error. The match previews below will be updated with Live Blogs on each of the matches by Sunday morning. Refresh page for updates. Preview: Edinburgh versus …

Steve Bradley

Will Belfast’s Grand Central Station Be A £340m White Elephant?

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Friday 10th May brought the curtain down on Northern Ireland’s busiest railway hub, as Great Victoria Street Station closed its doors after just 29 years in operation. The ‘Grand Central Station’ facility that will replace it is at an advanced …

Brian O’Neill

More than 1,000 DUP WhatsApp messages released to the Covid Enquiry….

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It seems many in the DUP forgot one of the critical rules of politics. Never commit anything to paper or pixel that you would not like to see splashed on the front page of a newspaper. From Sam McBride in …

Philip Orr

Shedding Light on the Shadows of Oppressive Religious Upbringings..

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I In Northern Ireland there is plenty of evidence for poor mental health connected to living in communities which have experienced political violence, tension and deprivation. A fellow counsellor in one such area of Belfast tells me that many individuals …

Brian O’Neill

Experts predict that just 6% of voters in six states will decide this years US Presidential Election…

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I was listening to a podcast that said that although 244 million people are eligible to vote in the US, due to the quirks of the US electoral college system, it could all come down to 81,000 voters in 6 key …

Arnold Carton

Memories of UWC Strike of May 1974…

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In May 1974, I was a 13-year-old schoolboy who would return home from school each day for the usual glass of milk and sandwich with my mother at the kitchen table. On 14th May I did not realise the significance …

Brian O’Neill

Judge rules parts of the Illegal Migration Act should not apply in NI…

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From the BBC: Large parts of the UK government’s Illegal Migration Act should not apply in Northern Ireland because they breach human rights laws, a judge has ruled in a major defeat for ministers. The judge at NI’s High Court …

Dan McGinn

Desperate Measures

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So let’s start with the good news. (SPOILER ALERT!!) After his beating in last week’s episode in a Belfast nightclub during a botched surveillance operation organised by Des Eastwood’s DS Murray Canning, Nathan Braniff’s Constable Tommy Foster was still alive. …

Frank Schnittger

Do the IRFU unfairly promote Leinster dominance in Irish rugby?

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One of the hardy annuals which comes up all the time when other club fans discuss Leinster is the unfairly favourable treatment Leinster allegedly get from the IRFU. The main complaint is that while Leinster will have 10 centrally contracted …

Brian O’Neill

“Why can’t adult consenting women see full frontal nudity if they want to and if they paid for it?”

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A very entertaining story from Niamh Campbell in the Beltel. While most of us were watching the Eurovision, The Pleasure Boys were back in Northern Ireland on Saturday night and bought some Free Presbyterians and Frostbite Boy for a craic. …

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