McCord and McManus mark sad anniversary

Posted By: November 09, 2017

   Irish Echo. Ray O’Hanlon. Thursday, November 9, 2017 Raymond McCord Jr.’s final resting place A father lost a son to violence. This was an all too common occurrence during the Northern Ireland Troubles. But in this case, there were factors that stood out from the dubious norm. Twenty years ago today, on November 9, 1997, in […]

Minister aware of flaws before launching RHI inquiry is told

Posted By: November 09, 2017

  John Manley. Irish News. Belfast. Thursday, November 9, 2017 Arlene Foster was eager to launch the RHI scheme even though flaws were highlighted. Picture by Brian Lawless/PA Wire Arlene Foster’s eagerness to launch the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) meant flaws were not addressed when they were brought to the attention of her department, the […]

There is no sense in forcing a hijacked, sullied symbol onto others

Posted By: November 09, 2017

Allison Morreis. Irish News. Belfast. Thursday, November 9, 2017You would think at this late stage in the game I’d know better but despite the undoubted backlash I’m going to write about the annual poppy furore anyway, mainly because regardless of how many times it’s said respect means choice there are those who still seek to impose the symbol upon others.In Northern Ireland, […]

Gordon Brown says Tory pacts with unionists breach British neutrality

Posted By: November 09, 2017

JOHN MANLEY. Irish News. Belfast.  November 8, 2017 FORMER prime minister Gordon Brown claims the British government’s “long-standing neutrality” in Northern Ireland was first undermined by the ill-fated electoral alliance between the Tories and the Ulster Unionists. In his latest memoir, the former Labour leader draws parallels with the deal between Conservatives and the DUP, accusing Theresa May of sacrificing non-partisanship for the […]

The PSNI is not representative of society – and that’s a big problem

Posted By: November 08, 2017

IRISH CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFING Distributed by Irish national Caucus “This is a most troubling article by the very moderate Belfast columnist Brian Feeney about the PSNI (Police Service of Northern Ireland). His assessment sends out a stark alarm: ‘The fact that the police don’t represent society and that its senior officers are overwhelmingly Unionist [Loyalist/Protestant] accounts […]

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