Posted By: March 09, 2017

IRISH CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFING Distributed by Irish National Caucus “The DUP leader, who has badly misread the political crisis from early December until now, assisted republicans’ electoral success with her unbending, uncompromising and arrogant attitude. … On Saturday after just a few hours’ sleep I woke up to the realization that the Northern Ireland I had been born into had changed beyond recognition.For the first […]

Órlaithí helps Sinn Féin “create history”

Posted By: March 08, 2017

  Poll topper Órlaithí Flynn celebrates with Alex MaskeyBrónach Ní Thuama. Belfast Media Group.Monday, March 6, 2017THERE were jubilant scenes at the Titanic Exhibition Centre on Friday as Sinn Féin’s Órlaithí Flynn topped the poll in West Belfast with 6,918 first-preference votes, surpassing the 6,725 quota.Over 66 percent of eligible voters took to the ballot box in West […]

Is unionist unity doomed to fail?

Posted By: March 08, 2017

Arlene Foster has called for closer co-operation between unionist parties, but Political Correspondent John Manley finds it may not be as successful as the DUP leader imaginesJohn Manley. Irish News. Belfast. Wednesday, March 8, 2017As sure as the bunting and flags come out on Sandy Row every July, you can be guaranteed that when the DUP is in trouble, it will […]

Lessons learned and SF turns up the heat

Posted By: March 08, 2017

Brian Feeney.Irish News. Belfast.Wednesday, March 8, 2017 Let’s make a couple of points clear because the media commentary in the past few days has been couched within the parameters set out by the NIO, by wishful thinking and by hand-wringing from bleeding-heart get-a-longers, the so-called ‘middle ground’ which doesn’t amount to a hill of beans north and west of Royal Avenue.First, Arlene […]

Arlene Foster responsible for the worst Unionist result in my lifetime

Posted By: March 07, 2017

IRISH CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFING Distributed by Irish National Caucus “But Foster’s scale of political catastrophe was worse. Her petulant disregard for others resulted in an election that many of her MLAs didn’t want. Her inability to accept personal responsibility for the RHI fiasco (it centered on a department run by successive DUP ministers) was to be her undoing. Ian Paisley would not […]

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