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Féile…West Belfast Festival

So Féile starts in two weeks. The West Belfast Festival. On 9th August 1971, Internment Without Trial was introduced. That night, the Ballymurphy Massacre took place. For some years afterwards, the anniversary was marked by often intense rioting in West … Continue reading

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So…SDLP

There is a strange thing about the Norn Iron Political Cycle. We are constantly told on message boards like Slugger O’Toole that the SDLP is in “terminal decline”. This is an article of faith held by Slugger’s core “team” and … Continue reading

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Local Elections: West Belfast

There are two DEAs in West Belfast (Black Mountain and Collin) and a third, Court which is partly in North Belfast. A Sinn Fein stronghold of course. The MP at Westminster is Paul Maskey. Of the six MLAs, five are … Continue reading

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Local Elections: Belfast

Belfast …the big one. Enlarged by the inclusion of some Catholic DEAs from Lisburn and some Protestant DEAs from Castlereagh, the consequence was (as it turned out) that nationalists would outvote unionists but that the Alliance Party would hold the … Continue reading

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Writing On The Wall…Belfast City Airport

I am not a big fan of Belfast City Airport. Just getting to it is a nightmare. And £7.50 for less than two hours parking. And at 8.30pm on Friday last …it was a ghost town. No planes leaving until … Continue reading

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Constituency Offices…#14 Alex Attwood MLA

The office of Alex Attwood MLA,SDLP West Belfast is on the Stewartstown Road, not far from Casement Park. . Not totally convinced about this one. It of course serves the entire West Belfast area (the SDLP has one MLA and … Continue reading

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Sinn Fein, SDLP Undermining An Feile?

First of all an apology to Gaelic speakers. I am blogging from the ipad and have not yet mastered the “fada” (accent marks) and apologies if there are any spelling errors. An Feile an Phobail…the Peoples Festival, the largest Arts … Continue reading

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Dolours Price RIP

Dolours Price died yesterday aged 61. She will be forever known as one of the Price Sisters and one of the Old Bailey bombers in 1973, when she was just 22 years old. The Old Bailey bombers received long jail … Continue reading

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Féile 2012

An Féile 2012 programme is announced. Mary Black in concert looks good. There is also a Beach Boys Tribute Band………….maybe those nice young men from the Conway Volunteer Band can learn the words of “Sloop John B”. Some worthy talks … Continue reading

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The Mid-Term Elections

I have long thought that people have been over-stating the dates of the next “Election” and the boundaries on which those elections will be fought. And by “Election”…I mean Westminster and Stormont. And yes I do know that fixed term … Continue reading

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