Monthly Archives: December 2015

So…2016

Athbhliain Faoi Mhaise! 2016…big Centennial Year but I will not dwell on that in this post. Also Assembly Elections and you can bet your life that the European Football Championships will provide a LetsGetAlongerist love-in and we will be treated … Continue reading

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SDLP…Not Good With Its Own History

I really do wish I had been born in a different place and time. In 1952 of course, I did not know I was being born into a “second class” life in termsof housing and jobs…in West Belfast. In 1963, … Continue reading

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Seamus Mallon …Again

Over forty years ago, the late Paddy Devlin told me that Seamus Mallon would one day be the Leader of SDLP. It seemed very unlikely but apart from Eddie McGrady, Mallon was the only MLA from the 1973 Assembly “intake” … Continue reading

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Ballymurphy Massacre

It took nearly forty years for the families of Bloody Sunday (Derry, January 1972) to get at least a measure of Justice. And yet it happened in the full glare of the Media. Of course nobody will ever be brought … Continue reading

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SDLP and SNP…Natural Allies

One of the most interesting aspects of Colum Eastwood’s campaign launch to become SDLP Leader was the speech by Claire Hanna MLA. Claire recalled going with Colum to Inverness in Scotland to speak at a fringe meeting at the Scottish … Continue reading

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The “Czar” Awards For 2015

“Keeping An Eye on the Czar of Russia” Awards Night.. A Gala Evening with many of Norn Irons finest political celebs on the Red Carpet, all coveting a “Czar”. The panel of judges….me….had a difficult job in deciding on the … Continue reading

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Arise “Lord” Ford?

My readers are all great admirers of Alliance Party Leader, David Ford. Will he be awarded a peerage …presumably “for services to the DUP and Sinn Féin” before standing down from the Assembly? A peerage would be richly deserved. Ford … Continue reading

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