Brian O’Neill

Open Sunday – discuss what you like…

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The idea for Open Sunday is to let you discuss what you like. Just two rules. Keep it civil and no man/woman playing.

Brian O’Neill

Open sunday – politics free zone…

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In addition to our normal open Sunday, we have a politics-free post to give you all a break. So discuss what you like here, but no politics.

C Johnston

Ssshhh…Let’s Take a Beat…

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There was something striking about the reaction to this excellent BBC NI story by Robbie Meredith about the brave stance taken by school student Angel Mhande, who spoke up about her personal experience of a specific book being used as …

David McCann

Slugger TV looks at #LE23

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Slugger TV 26th May 2023 from Northern Visions NvTv on Vimeo. Slugger TV looks at LE23 with Brendan Hughes and Sarah Creighton

Andy Pollak

How Irish media coverage of Northern Ireland fails to inform people in the south…

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Earlier this week I addressed the Belfast dialogue group Compass Points on the coverage of Northern Ireland by the media in the Republic. This is a slightly edited version of my remarks. The first thing I should say is that …

Terry Maguire

Keir Starmer’s health plans will need to address my sweet tooth…

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Keir Starmer, preparing for office, is setting out his stall on policy and last week addressed Labour’s plans for the Health Service which essentially means England as Health is devolved. But any policies by a UK government at Westminster will affect …

Mick Fealty

Sinn Féin’s impressive vote harvesting technique shows up as zero gains for the cause of a united Ireland in 25 years.

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“Falsehood flies, and the Truth comes limping after it; so that when Men come to be undeceiv’d, it is too late; the Jest is over, and the Tale has had its Effect . . .” -Jonathan Swift Newton Emerson had …

Philip McGuinness

Local Election 2023 Analysis, Part 2: the myth of unionist vote shredding, turnout, party performance:

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(Part 1 can be found here.) Was the unionist vote shredded, and did it lose seats as a result? On Saturday, Sir Jeffrey Donaldson stated “when you dilute the unionist vote sometimes that means unionist candidates don’t get elected”. It …

Mick Fealty

Research request re your experiences of short haul travel within the UK and Ireland

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This is not a story, just a request for help on a particular line of inquiry. If you have had any odd or unsatisfactory  experiences on any journey within and between any airport in Britain and Ireland I want to …

Stephen Donnan-Dalzell

After The Dust Settles on #LE23…

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With the dust almost settled after a tumultuous election that turned many red areas a deep green, it’s time to look at the impact of some key points. This local election was fraught with disinterest, a lack of media coverage, …

Stephen McNally

Hill St Blues – The ongoing debate over car restrictions…

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In the run up to the local elections, John Manley’s Irish News article on Hill St. in Belfast added more fuel to an ongoing debate over car restrictions. But why does a tiny cobbled back street in Belfast warrant a …