Brian O’Neill

“Our people may be British but our cows are Irish…”

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At Slugger, we are big supporters of recycling, so forgive me for using this headline originally used by Mick in 2009. From Mick’s original post: Jonathan Powell has some brief thoughts on the significance of the mutual membership of the …

Brian O’Neill

George Galloway wins Rochdale by-election…

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From the BBC: George Galloway is back in Parliament with a resounding win in the Rochdale by-election after a campaign in which the Gaza war was a running theme. “Keir Starmer – this is for Gaza,” the former Labour MP …

Brian O’Neill

Sir Jeff is “in the business of winning converts and growing support” for the Union…

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Jeffrey Donaldson seems to be trying to win the hearts and minds of the ‘others’. I am not sure what brought about this turnaround; maybe he was visited by three ghosts. From Suzanne Breen in the BelTel: Sir Jeffrey Donaldson …

Brian O’Neill

You can have your operation, but be prepared to travel…

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It is a general aspiration of the good people of Northern Ireland that there is a hospital, employer and a wide range of shops at the bottom of every street. I get that people like convenience and their local hospital, …

Brian O’Neill

First Minister Michelle O’Neill attends Windsor Park…

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From the BBC: First Minister Michelle O’Neill has described her first Northern Ireland game at Windsor Park as a “thoroughly enjoyable experience”. She was joined by Deputy First Minister Emma Little-Pengelly at the game between the NI women’s team and …

Brian O’Neill

Northern Ireland Faces Environmental Catastrophe: All Rivers Polluted, Iconic Lough Neagh Suffers Ecological Collapse…

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As the aul rebel song went, ‘Only our rivers run free’. Well, it seems not even our rivers have much freedom these days. A new report from the Rivers Trust shows what a dire situation our waterways are in. Via …

Ian Clarke

Beware the Clickbait: Navigating a Media Landscape of Manufactured Hype…

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I’ve expressed before on Slugger my concerns about our indigenous media’s insatiable appetite for political instability to fill its programmes or pages. This dates back to 1994 when those in authority failed to make any meaningful effort to adapt to …

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.

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.

Frank Schnittger

Updated: Six Nations Rugby Championship; Ireland 31, Wales 7; Scotland 30 England 21; France 13 Italy 13.

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Live Blog: Ireland 31 Wales 7 f/t A lot of people seem to be worried that complacency and over confidence could undermine this Ireland side. The thing is, a lot of them are only one bad game away from losing …

Soapbox

The Devenish controversy: Consent, Shame, and Society’s Expectations of Women…

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Deb Biddleston is a native of Manchester, now living in NI for 18 years. She is a wife, mother and grandmother. You would need to have been off grid in the last few days not to be aware of stories …