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Successful royal visit avoids all mention of the Black and Tans

Posted By: March 07, 2020

Patrick Murphy. Irish News. Belfast. Saturday,  March 7,  2020  As the fairy dust from this week’s royal tour remains glistening on the Irish landscape (yes, I’m making this up) apparently Anglo-Irish relations are at an all-time high.I’m not sure what that means, but it appears to be the thing to say after we have been visited by representatives of a medieval system […]

Almost a fifth of DUP voters migrated to Alliance Party

Posted By: March 06, 2020

John Manley. Irish News.Belfast. Friday, March 6, 2020ALMOST a fifth of DUP voters migrated to Alliance in December’s Westminster election when Naomi Long’s party more than doubled its share of the vote, new research reveals.Alliance vote share surged from 7.9 percent in 2017 to 16.8 percent, with the party securing the North Down seat vacated by Lady Sylvia Hermon in the process.Research from […]

Sinn Féin will not be told what to call the Republic

Posted By: March 05, 2020

  Twenty years of governing without saying Northern Ireland shows the party is not about to change   Newton Emerson. Irish Times. Dublin. Thursday, March 5, 2020   Leo Varadkar is on a hiding to nothing complaining that Sinn Féin will not call the Irish State by its proper name.   Writing in a Sunday […]

Minister does not plan to reintroduce 50:50 recruitment policy for PSNI

Posted By: March 03, 2020

RECRUITMENT: The PSNI revealed last week that it had received almost 7,000 applications in a drive to recruit 600 officers. About one third are from the Catholic community Allison Morris. Irish News. Belfast. Tuesday, March 3, 2020 NAOMI Long has said she is “not minded” to reintroduce the policy of 50:50 recruitment to the PSNI.Last week the force revealed […]

Discussion on Irish unity has to move onto practicalities

Posted By: March 02, 2020

Chris Donnelly. Irish News. Belfast. Monday, March 2, 2020 The latest poll on the constitutional future of this island has better news for supporters of unity than the poll preceding it by only a matter of days on the same theme.The very fact that such polls are being commissioned with increasing regularity tells a tale in itself. The unity discussion […]

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