Soapbox

Is Naomi Long’s weakness, her ‘inability to admit an obvious mistake?’

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Obelisk is a Slugger reader from County Tyrone In launching her party’s manifesto, Alliance leader and East Belfast candidate Naomi Long emphasised that she felt the ‘honeymoon period’ for the return of Stormont has ended. People now want results, less …

Soapbox

Why facts (should) matter when it comes to discussing our political future…

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Colin Coulter and Peter Shirlow interrogate the overall data to question confident predictions around the future constitutional destination of Northern Ireland and come up some challenging questions for a popular media narrative. On Saturday last, Ireland’s Future hosted the latest in …

Brian O’Neill

Rumblings of discontent over North Belfast parade…

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It’s amazing how you manage to block out troublesome memories. The COVID lockdown has been largely consigned to the recycle bin of my mind. Likewise, many moons ago, at this time of year, the pages of Slugger would be wall …

Michael Hehir

GE ’24: North Antrim Constituency Profile…

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This was the fourth safest Westminster constituency in Northern Ireland in 2019, with 12,721 votes separating the winner, Ian Paisley Jr (DUP) from the second placed Robin Swann (UUP). Paisley took over the seat from his father. It has been …

Slugger Team

When God closes a door, sometimes the window stays shut.

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In London and Belfast two events occurred that at first glance seem only tangentially related but which when taken together seem to set the course for our own future after the election is out of the way. The first, as …

Frank Schnittger

The Ireland squad for the tour to South Africa has been named

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Six Ulster players included Forwards: Ryan Baird, Finlay Bealham, Tadhg Beirne, Caelan Doris, Tadhg Furlong, Cian Healy, Rob Herring, Cormac Izuchukwu, Oli Jager, Ronan Kelleher, Joe McCarthy, Peter O’Mahony, Tom O’Toole, Andrew Porter, Cian Prendergast, James Ryan, Dan Sheehan, Nick …

Brian O’Neill

If you live in West Belfast don’t be expecting the Alliance candidate to be knocking on your door…

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I was thinking of getting one of those video doorbell yokes. The main benefit was to screen out one of the minor miseries of the modern world – 21st-century door-to-door salespeople. You are sitting down to your dinner when the …

Queen’s Policy Engagement

Beyond hospital waiting lists: the need for accountability and reform in our health system…

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Ciaran O’Neill is a Professor in the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences at Queen’s University Belfast Where we are: We all know the health system in Northern Ireland is at a critical juncture – our waiting lists for …

Michael Hehir

GE ’24: North Down Constituency Profile…

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North Down had the sixth smallest majority in Northern Ireland in 2019, with only 2.968 votes separating the winner, Stephen Farry (Alliance) from Alex Easton (DUP). Previously the constituency had always been held by a unionist since its first creation …

Brian O’Neill

Ireland’s Future – a lot done, more to do…

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I attended the Ireland’s Future event at the SSE Arena on Saturday. They have been ticking off all the major venues in Belfast, such as the Waterfront, Ulster Hall, and now the biggest of the lot, the Odyssey. The Odyssey …

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