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Clonard Novena

Clonard is the Redemptorist monastery in West Belfast. It was effectively the spiritual home of West Belfast Catholics. It lies on the border line of St Peters and St Pauls and beside the Peace Line at Bombay Street. My own … Continue reading

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SDLP: Leave Everyone Behind?

Over the last two days, I have written about Sinn Féin…how seemingly difficult it is to join and how they use patronage to keep everyone onside…and quite a few people on the (perhaps mythical) average industrial wage. As far as … 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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“The Commons At It’s Best”?

Today will be one of those alleged great show-piece events in the (British) House of Commons. The political correspondents at BBC, ITN and Sky and the sketch-writers in the major newspapers are already dusting off the clichés …including the old … Continue reading

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Taking The Derry Air

Just returned from a very pleasant few days in Derry..with a cross-county excursion into County Donegal. I like Derry. Effectively, it is a city made by SDLP. I make no apology for saying that. I rarely visited Derry in the … Continue reading

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John Hume…The Only Statesman?

It is of course entirely right and proper that John Hume is honoured in Derry today. But the Twittersphere is unusually quiet about it all. I make no apology for saying that John Hume is just about the only Statesman … Continue reading

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Mandela

What can you say about Nelson Mandela? I think it depends on your age. It is generational. You might be 21…31…41…51. Or you might be 61 as I am and a “news junkie” and “political anorak” for half a century. … Continue reading

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Eddie McGrady RIP

SDLP members are saddened tonight at the death earlier today of Eddie McGrady, one of the first people to join the SDLP in 1970. I had never formally met him, but can still recall the first occasion that I actually … Continue reading

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SpAd Alert Post

Oh dear …another post on the vexed question of Sinn Fein and their “right” to appoint their own Special Advisors to the (taxpayer-funded) civil service OR  the “responsibility” of Sinn Fein not to appoint persons (people who have served fourteen … Continue reading

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