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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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Sinn Féin: No Man (Or Woman) Left Behind

I think it was Brian Feeney who described (early 1970s) Sinn Féin as the non combatant fathers, mothers, wives etc of IRA members. Sinn Féin likes to spread the myth that they are the political descendents of the Sinn Féin … Continue reading

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Assembly Electon 2017: West Belfast

The key difference between Assembly 2016 and Assembly 2017 is that only five MLAs will be elected from each constituncy. For at least eighteen MLAs and their staff, this election has come four years too early. The percentage of votes … Continue reading

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The Fall Of West Belfast

There was a time when Norn Iron was blatantly sectarian. A time some fifty years ago, when there was no political correctness. It was not unusual to return to work  after lunch and find that Mrs Jones had left a … Continue reading

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Profile: West Belfast

Candidates: Sinn Féin: Jennifer McCann. Fra McCann. Rosie McCorley. Pat Sheehan. Alex Maskey. SDLP: Alex Attwood. People Before Profit: Gerry Carroll. DUP: Frank McCoubrey. UUP: Gareth Martin. Alliance: Jemima Higgins. Green:Ellen Murray. Workers Party: Conor Campbell. All the outgoing MLAs … Continue reading

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Sinn Féin: “Big Lads In The Big Picture”

Sometimes…you have to laugh. In the summer of 1992 or 1993, my family and I were driving past a hotel when we saw a sign “Star Trek Convention” and we thought it would be a good idea…the first and last … Continue reading

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A Nervous Week In SDLP

Again I emphasise that I am not a delegate at next weekend’s SDLP Conference. And I therefore do not have a vote…as instructed by my local branch. And again, I emphasise that I do not intend to be in Armagh … Continue reading

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Gerry Conlon Memorial Lecture…Preview

Previewing An Feile programme last week on Slugger O’Toole, Alan Meban noted that the “SDLP is back”. Well, I am tempted to say that we havent gone away ya know…although GOD knows Slugger would like that. But I think Alan … Continue reading

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Charlie Meets Gerry

If “Prince Charles” was at my front door, I would not go out and meet him. I dont think I can be more clear that I am not a big fan of the English “Royal Family” or Monarchy in general. … Continue reading

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Westminster Election 2015: West Belfast

The Results: An easy win for for Paul Maskey. The big talking point was that Gerry Carroll of People Before Profit comfortably beat Alex Attwod for second place. Certainly Sinn Féin dominance of West Belfast at Stormont level looks in … Continue reading

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