Tag Archives: RUC

A Tale of Two Telephone Calls

Phone Call #1 It was in the mid 1970s. I had been at an evening class in the College of Business Studies in Brunswick Street.  Following the other students leaving the building and walking along Queen Street to Castle Street … Continue reading

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Pension For Troubles “Combatants”

I tried to post this on Slugger O’Toole an hour ago. Seems a shame not to publish it. The nature of posting on Slugger (his gaffe, his rules) and Czar (my gaffe, my rules) is that I am somewhat more … Continue reading

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Loughinisland

What exactly can be said? We all remember where we were that night in summer 1994. I had two young sons wearing Ireland football shirts and we were in front of the TV watching Ireland play Italy at the World … Continue reading

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Dr Robert Irwin RIP

I just opened an email, with the message “FJH, did you know that Dr Robert Irwin is dead?” I had to think for a minute. In part because I assumed that Dr Irwin was maybe already dead. And I dont … Continue reading

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Larkin…A Long Resignation Letter?

There is the LAW. There is POLITICS. Maybe Politics is the application of Law, Education, Environment, Health, Defence and all the rest. There are some professionals…economists, military, doctors, scientists, lawyers who can operate in the political world. And others who … Continue reading

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The Police Farce (sic) Games

Of all the bad ideas….Titanic, City of Culture, G8 Summit, Poet Laureate for Belfast….the World Police and Firefighter Games is probably the worst since Justin Bieber and the MTV Awards. There is the Olympic Games. There are regional competions such … Continue reading

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Pacifists Or Spivs?

Ever watch Dads Army? Can’t say that I was a big fan but it is certainly classic TV. It actually looks better now than it did in the 1970s. But here is a thought that occurred to me after watching … Continue reading

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Political Policing?

I was talking to a young police officer a few nights ago. I had not spoken to her in about eighteen months, when she had just finished training. I have noticed a big change in her..she is not quite so … Continue reading

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PSNI Suspend Officers Over Racist & Sectarian Texts

The news that the Police Service of Born Iron has suspended four of its officers while it investigates racist and sectarian messages apparently sent (to each other)  by text is to be welcomed. The speedy suspension and the press conference … Continue reading

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