Brian O’Neill

Conservative MP Simon Clarke says that nurses using food banks were just not budgeting properly…

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Could the nurses not just dip into their trust funds?? Tory MP Simon Clarke, who earns £84,000 a year, says skint nurses using food banks need to budget better. He's got some front as he's claimed £200,700 expenses in just …

Brian O’Neill

What’s the story with all the new student accomodation in Belfast?

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Are we not reaching the saturation point for student accommodation? A decision will be made tonight as to whether an almost 800-room student scheme gets the go ahead. Planners have recommended the development gets the green light in and around …

Brian O’Neill

Introducing the Slugger Forum….

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The Sunday Open posts have been popular, so I know there is demand for a more open space to chat. I also note that sometimes we don’t cover an issue, and posts can easily go off-topic. I have created a …

Soapbox

By engaging with the rage farmers, we merely add fuel to the fire of polarisation…

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Peter Lockhart is a law student at Queens A term which has recently entered common parlance is ‘rage farming’ – broadly defined as a manipulative tactic by bloggers or journalists to elicit outrage with the goal of increasing internet traffic, …

Soapbox

Childcare is in crisis and parents are paying the price. There is no time to waste.

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Sinead McLaughlin is an SDLP MLA in Foyle Tune into the radio most mornings and chances are that you will hear a debate underway on access to some of the most vital elements of our public services. From patients struggling …

Mick Fealty

Republic using productivity boom to invest public infrastructure and housing

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A typically spunky piece from the New Statesman’s new columnist Wolfgang Münchau starts with a great quote from Otto von Bismarck: “Only a fool learns from his own mistakes. The wise man learns from the mistakes of others.” He has …

Andy Pollak

A United Ireland will have to include Unionists – so let’s get on with the difficult task of including them…

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I will be surprised if I see a united Ireland in my lifetime (I am in my early seventies). But the direction of travel is unmistakable. The history-changing reasons have been well rehearsed: the growth of the Catholic population – …

Mick Fealty

“If there’s going to be a united Ireland, that Ireland is going to look different.”

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“Every voyage is intensive, and occurs in relation to thresholds of intensity between which it evolves or that it crosses.” — Gilles Deleuze & Felix Guattari It’s interesting how Tommy Tiernan has moved from raucous bad boy of the Irish …

Alex Scates

The Protocol Bill: the DUP’s last great hope…

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The DUP has been reassured that the UK Government is committed to getting the NI Protocol Bill (the Bill) through Parliament. The Bill is designed to provide for unilateral UK power to disapply elements of the NI Protocol itself in …

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. News events we have missed, or maybe you just want a good rant. Just two rules. Keep it civil and no man/woman playing.