Monthly Archives: September 2011

Viva Los San Patricios!

Interesting half hour documentary (English subtitles) on Gaelic language channel TG4 on Wednesday night. Los San Patricios, the regiment of largely Irish soldiers in Mexican Army 1846-48. A story that was largely unknown in Ireland until 1997 (the issue of … Continue reading

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SDLP Leadership Candidates Hustings

A photograph from SDLP Leadership Hustings (Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast….22nd September 2011). Hosted by SDLP Youth.  Left to Right…..Seamas de Faoite (SDLP Youth Vice Chair), Alex Attwood MLA  West Belfast & Minister for Environment), Conall McDevitt MLA South Belfast, Daniel … Continue reading

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Platform For Change Is Bad News For Conall McDevitt.

Platform For Change is a Norn Iron based pressure/lobby group which “is a voice for citizens of Norn Iron who believe that now is the time for a new politics focussed on the common good. It is the place for … Continue reading

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Gusty Spence (UVF Terrorist) Dies Aged 78.

June 1966. I was 14 years old. It was still three years to the outbreak of the Troubles, although one man had been killed a few weeks prieviously.. On a Sunday morning, news started to spread around the Falls Road … Continue reading

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Irish Journalism And Ethics (Please Dont Laugh!)

Angst-ridden Journalists are worked up about Martin McGuinness of Sinn Féin  standing for the Irish Presidential Election. The problem is that they dont like him very much because he might have some “Baggage”. Indeed he has admitted as much and … Continue reading

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Gobshite-Gate.

The Great and the Good are in a tizzy because Carál Ni Chuilín (Sinn Féin) the Minister for Culture, Art and Leisure at Stormont has called (via Twitter) Michael McDowell, a former politician in the Republic a “gobshite”. Now there IS … Continue reading

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“Twenty Politicians Under Forty”

Browsing thru the New Statesman’s latest edition in Easons today, I was struck by their list of Twenty British Politicians Under Forty. People to watch as they climb the political ladder. Looking at the same list in twenty years time … Continue reading

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