Stargazing to figure out a political future

Posted By: September 18, 2017

Patrick Murphy.Irish News. Belfast. Saturday, September 16, 2017This is a difficult time for astrologers, especially those who dabble in British and Irish politics. It is not much fun for columnists either, because whatever about the other heavenly bodies, this part of our planet faces three unpredictable outcomes regarding future developments in Stormont, Westminster and Leinster House.Will Stormont reconvene? Will Westminster avoid another election […]

Belfast hardy man refuses to give into son’s murderers

Posted By: September 18, 2017

David McKittrick. Independent. London. Sunday,  October 12,  2003 In a tough city with more than its fair share of tough characters, Raymond McCord stands out as one of Belfast’s toughest and most personally driven men.He deliberately and repeatedly taunts one of the big loyalist paramilitary groups. His message, drilled home in dozens of statements and interviews in Belfast newspapers, is: “I am […]

Numbers don’t add up for return to assembly

Posted By: September 15, 2017

Alex Kane. Irish News. Belfast. Friday, September 15, 2017 The latest LucidTalk poll (which has been very accurate in its calling of Assembly and Westminster elections in the past few years) makes interesting reading, particularly now, with the parties trying to reach a deal.The figures suggest that the DUP and Sinn Féin would win around 66 percent of the vote (35 […]

De Valera in Belfast

Posted By: September 15, 2017

On This Day [in Irish history] Irish News, September 15, 1917 Eamon Phoenix. Belfast. Friday, September 15, 2017            A meeting called under the auspices of the ‘Belfast Central Sinn Fein Club’ was held last night in St Mary’s Hall, the chair being taken by Mr. Denis McCullough. On the platform, which was decorated by the Republican tricolor, were: […]

Bombardier Boeing row could harm peace in Northern Ireland: Foster and O’Neill appeal to US Vice President Pence

Posted By: September 13, 2017

Jonathan Bell. Belfast Telegraph. Wednesday, September 13, 2017Arlene Foster and Michelle O’Neill have sent a joint letter to the US Vice President over the bitter trade dispute between aerospace manufacturers Bombardier and Boeing suggesting peace in Northern Ireland could be harmed.Boeing argues that state aid for Bombardier has given it an unfair advantage in the market place and asked US authorities to […]

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