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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 …

Mick Fealty

AFP announce that a UK General Election to be held on July 4th…

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AFP have just reported there will be an election on July 4th. Mainstream media are waiting for an official announcement for what will be a six week campaign. This will be the first electoral contest for all major party leaders. …

Slugger Team

Ireland, Norway and Spain recognise Palestine as an independent state…

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It has been announced this morning that Ireland, Spain and Norway will recognise the State of Palestine, effective from 28th May. From the Irish News: The Taoiseach said that “ideally” recognition of Palestine would have been taken as part of …

ItwasSammyMcNally

Nolan, or how Sinn Féin tried to shoot the messenger and missed…

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Let me declare an interest here… I like interviewers who ask hard questions and then repeat them until they get an answer.  Stephen Nolan is one such – as is Andrew Neil. Allegedly Andrew Neil is somewhat to the political …

Soapbox

Breathing New Life into Glenarm: A Council-Community Partnership Success Story…

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Deb Biddleston is a Northern English native who moved to NI 20 years ago We often see lots of criticism of local councils in news items, none more so than Mid & East Antrim, whose recent history has been fraught …

Dan McGinn

A Bit Shook Up

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To lose one beloved ‘Blue Lights’ character last year was unfortunate. But to lose two this time around would have been disastrous. (SPOILER ALERT) Yet this was the scenario ‘Blue Lights’ viewers were facing at the end of last week’s …

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