Gavin Robinson criticises deal negotiated by Gavin Robinson…

The BBC’s Enda McClafferty today reports on DUP leader Gavin Robinson criticising the deal negotiated by his predecessor and his predecessor’s protegé…one Gavin Robinson. As Enda reports here … ” Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader Gavin Robinson has accepted his party oversold the deal to restore power sharing in Northern Ireland. Mr Robinson had been accused of backtracking on the deal he helped negotiate to restore power sharing. It followed a speech on Wednesday where Mr Robinson appeared to contradict …

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

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 a peace settlement in the Middle East, but said “our decision to recognise Palestine should not have to wait indefinitely”. …Shortly before Mr Harris made the announcement outside Government Buildings in Dublin, Israel recalled its ambassador in Ireland, with its …

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Eight NI journalists were under routine surveillance by the PSNI…

There are pretty serious allegations against the PSNI here: The documents show the surveillance started in 2007/8 and went on for a decade, involving a small group of journalists who were, in the words of one detective, “always looking for a story”, https://t.co/DwTUIomJ17 — Allison Morris (@AllisonMorris1) May 8, 2024 This is the document which was today approved for release by the Investigatory Powers Tribunal, which proves that there was a routine “defensive operation” every 6 months interrogating the communication …

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Poll finds that a majority of Republic’s Sinn Féin voters want checkpoints on the border…

Yes, you read that correctly and it’s not April 1st. To clarify, according to an opinion poll conducted by the Sunday Independent, half of the public and a majority of Sinn Féin voters (52%) in the Republic of Ireland want checkpoints on the border with Northern Ireland to limit the number of asylum seekers coming into Ireland from the UK. It’s hard to believe that a majority of southern Sinn Féin voters would place the immigration issue above maintaining a …

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Hundreds of mattresses dumped on bonfire site…

From Connla Young in today’s Irish News: Hundreds of mattresses have been brought to the site of a controversial Eleventh Night bonfire in Co Antrim. It is understood the mattresses, which when set alight can give off toxic fumes and smoke, were delivered to the Craigyhill area of Larne in recent days. In previous years, serious concerns have been raised about the safety of the bonfire, which is near where 36-year-old John Steele fell to his death while helping to …

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Gaza – A Wound in the World…

The parallels between the history of the island of Ireland, and the history of Palestine and Israel, has led many here to take a side on the Middle East that best matches their own experiences and, frankly, use it as a proxy for our own division. A visitor to our shores from the region, upon seeing the serried ranks of Israeli and Palestinian flags in various parts of Belfast, commented that such vicarious conflict amounted to ‘pissing through another man’s …

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Power of the People

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Lost amidst the hullaballoo of recent days was an article from Rory Carroll in the Guardian marking 20 years since Ireland, in a world-first, introduced a smoking ban in workplaces, pubs and restaurants. Journalists from all over the world descended onto the Republic to see this novel social experiment in action and to see whether it would stick. To the surprise of many, stick it did, and similar legislation has been adopted by multiple other countries in the years since. …

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The Social Democrats, the Labour Party and the Social Democratic and Labour Party.

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David McCann of this parish posted an interesting article yesterday in the Irish News noting that Irish Labour at their weekend conference called for the next government to establish a department to begin planning for Irish unity. While welcoming this as part of the ‘growing interest in the conversation regarding the constitutional future of Ireland’, David does pose the killer question…   ‘Yet, as was pointed out on social media, will Labour be in any position to deliver any of …

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Should reconcilation happen before or after any potential reunification?

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Interesting articles from Chris Donnelly in the Irish News, from the article: In case you missed the memo, reconciliation is the new supermajority. Just as 50 per cent-plus-one is not enough for Irish unity, and in fact would be downright dangerous, so it is the case that unity must now only be considered in the event of the north of Ireland being transformed into the land of milk and honey, a Shangri-La from the Foyle to the Lagan where peace …

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Open sunday – politics free zone…

Street vendor with a suitcase

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. Slugger TeamAccount for general posts

Open sunday – politics free zone…

Street vendor with a suitcase

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. Slugger TeamAccount for general posts

Open sunday – politics free zone…

Street vendor with a suitcase

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. Slugger TeamAccount for general posts

Open sunday – politics free zone…

Street vendor with a suitcase

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. Slugger TeamAccount for general posts

Open sunday – politics free zone…

Street vendor with a suitcase

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. Slugger TeamAccount for general posts