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Martin McGuinness made a positive contribution to peace and reconciliation

Posted By: February 05, 2017

Irish News Editorial. Belfast. Friday, January 20,  2017While it is often said that most political careers end in failure, Martin McGuinness steps down from the assembly with his reputation enhanced.His announcement yesterday that he will not contest the Foyle constituency in the March election ends speculation about the future of a man who has been at the forefront of political life in […]

Senior judge is right to voice concern over delays in legacy cases

Posted By: February 05, 2017

IRISH CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFING Distributed by Irish National Caucus Irish News Editorial. Belfast. Saturday,  January 28, 2017 The Lord Chief Justice, in a speech to the Victims and Survivors Forum yesterday, made no attempt to mask his considerable dismay at the lack of progress in dealing with legacy cases in Northern Ireland.Sir Declan Morgan’s exasperation was apparent in the tone of his […]

Methodist Church praises Martin McGuinness’s work for peace

Posted By: February 04, 2017

Rev Bill Mullally acclaims former deputy first minister’s ‘courage and bridge-building.’Patsy McGarry. Irish Times. Dublin. Tuesday, January 24, 2017 One of the main Protestant churches in Ireland has warmly praised former Northern Ireland deputy first minister Martin McGuinness for “his unstinting work for peace sometimes perhaps at a great personal cost.”In a statement, Methodist President Rev Bill Mullally and the church’s Council on Social Responsibility […]

Give Me a Crash course In . . . Waterboarding in Northern Ireland

Posted By: February 04, 2017

Memos show UK prime minister Edward Heath knew about alleged waterboardingAmanda Ferguson. Irish Times. Dublin. Saturday, February 4, 2017What is waterboarding exactly?Waterboarding, widely considered to be a form of torture, simulates the sensation of drowning. A cloth is placed over someone’s face; then water is poured over it as they lie on a board that has been tilted back and down, so […]

Campaign proving more boring than “brutal”

Posted By: February 04, 2017

John Manley. Irish News. Saturday, February 4, 2017 We’re nearly three weeks into the assembly election campaign, but you could be forgiven for not having noticed. The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) crisis that helped precipitate March 2’s snap poll may have grabbed the public’s attention, but the same can’t be said for the election campaign. The electorate’s weariness can account for much of […]

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