Open sunday – politics free zone…

Street vendor with a suitcase

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'NeillI help to manage Slugger by taking care of the site as well as running our live events. My background is in business, marketing and IT. My politics tend towards middle-of-the-road pragmatism, I am not a member of any political party. Oddly for a member of the Slugger team, I am not …

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Open Sunday – discuss what you like…

open sunday sign, signage, open

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'NeillI help to manage Slugger by taking care of the site as well as running our live events. My background is in business, marketing and IT. My politics tend towards middle-of-the-road pragmatism, I am not a member of any political party. Oddly for a member of the Slugger team, I am not that interested in daily …

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Rumblings of discontent over North Belfast parade…

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 to wall with posts about parades and bonfires. But in the past few years, calm has descended upon the good God-fearing people of Ulster, and the parade session has passed off largely without incident. Yes, bonfires are an environmental catastrophe …

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

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 doorbell goes, and you are greeted by someone trying to guilt trip you into setting up a direct debit to support some worthy cause. They conveniently leave out the part where they work for commercial companies that take a massive …

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

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 is in some way an appropriate name for the long journey towards reunification. There was some frankly bizarre discussion yesterday in the open thread about the number of people who attended the event. I heard unofficially 5000 tickets were sold, …

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Open sunday – politics free zone…

Street vendor with a suitcase

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'NeillI help to manage Slugger by taking care of the site as well as running our live events. My background is in business, marketing and IT. My politics tend towards middle-of-the-road pragmatism, I am not a member of any political party. Oddly for a member of the Slugger team, I am not …

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Open Sunday – discuss what you like…

open sunday sign, signage, open

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'NeillI help to manage Slugger by taking care of the site as well as running our live events. My background is in business, marketing and IT. My politics tend towards middle-of-the-road pragmatism, I am not a member of any political party. Oddly for a member of the Slugger team, I am not that interested in daily …

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GAA president Jarlath Burns says Casement will not host Euros…

The Casement Park debacle continues. The project’s great hope was hosting games for Euro 2028, but now it looks like that will not happen. From Colm Keys in the BelTel: GAA president Jarlath Burns is resigned to the prospect of the Euro 2028 championships not being played in Casement Park. Burns, speaking at the launch of the All-Ireland hurling championship at the Michael Cusack Centre in Carran, Co Clare, said he did not now envisage games being played in Belfast …

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Trump jumps the shark…

man in black suit jacket

Stop what you are doing and take 1 minute 25 seconds to listen to Trump’s speech involving boats, batteries and sharks. Trump: So I said, let me ask you a question and he said, nobody ever asked this question and it must be because of MIT, my relationship to MIT. Very smart. He goes, I say, what would happen if the boat sank from its weight? And you're in the boat and you have this tremendously… pic.twitter.com/dJsyNCRoeX — Biden-Harris HQ …

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Frost in June? Our increasingly weird weather…

a couple of yellow flowers sitting on top of a grass covered field

To say it is a bit nippy for June is an understatement. The past week or two, it has been feckin’ freezing at times, with a wind that would cut you. I noticed on the Beltel weather report it said: It will be a chilly night with a touch of frost possible in sheltered glens, along with a minimum temperature of 4C. Frost in June? WTF?? There are various predictions that this summer could be as wet or even worse …

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Nigel Farage rides two Unionist horses…

It was a bit of an embarrassment for the DUP, as their buddies in the Reform Party decided to form an alliance with their rival Traditional Unionist Voice (TUV). But now Nigel Farage has told the Press Association he would throw his weight behind Sammy Wilson and Ian Paisley. From Gareth Gordon at the BBC: Reform UK leader Nigel Farage has said he will be personally endorsing two DUP candidates in the general election – despite his party’s alliance with …

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A resurgent Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil stop the Sinn Féin advance…

From RTÉ News: More than 86% of the seats have been filled as the counting continues across the country in local elections, with Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael leading the way. They remain the dominant parties in local government as both received around 23% of first preference votes. At 5am, with more than 820 seats filled nationwide, Fine Gael was in the lead with 214 councillors, just ahead of 204 for Fianna Fáil. Ballina is the only local electoral area …

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Open Sunday – discuss what you like…

open sunday sign, signage, open

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'NeillI help to manage Slugger by taking care of the site as well as running our live events. My background is in business, marketing and IT. My politics tend towards middle-of-the-road pragmatism, I am not a member of any political party. Oddly for a member of the Slugger team, I am not that interested in daily …

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Open sunday – politics free zone…

Street vendor with a suitcase

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'NeillI help to manage Slugger by taking care of the site as well as running our live events. My background is in business, marketing and IT. My politics tend towards middle-of-the-road pragmatism, I am not a member of any political party. Oddly for a member of the Slugger team, I am not …

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Irish polling stations open for European and local elections…

democrats, america, vote

A big politics day in the south. From RTÉ: Voting will take place in three electoral contests – the local elections, the European elections and the contest to elect a mayor for Limerick. These are the first nationwide elections in more than four years. More than 3.7 million people are registered to vote in the local elections They will choose 949 councillors in 166 local electoral areas. Nearly 3.6 million people are registered for the European elections. They will choose …

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Jim Alister blasts barmy border bacon ban…

brown chips on brown textile

From Garrett Hargan in the Beltel: Unionist critics of the Windsor Framework agreement have railed against an EU ban on smoke flavourings which could create a “smoky bacon border” with Britain, asking “is nothing safe from EU madness?” Northern Irish crisp makers will be subject to an EU ban on smoke flavourings because of post-Brexit trading arrangements. It has been reported that the EU’s food safety authority said toxicity concerns about some eight smoke flavourings, including those used for smoky …

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“The SDLP’s decision to contest all seats is based on electoral weakness to mask its decline…”

Brian Feeney, in today’s Irish News, was keen to put the boot into his old party of the SDLP for running candidates in all constituencies. From the article: The SDLP tiresomely accuses Sinn Féin of sectarian politics for standing aside in places like Lagan Valley and East Belfast. Listen, get real. Politics in the north is sectarian because the place’s origin was designed by a sectarian headcount. The exchanges in the last week between the DUP and UUP make no …

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All roads lead to the TUV…

grey pavement during daytime

I wonder if anyone else running in the general election in NI shares a name with a road in their constituency https://t.co/X2qazuIVyh — Peter Donaghy (@peterdonaghy) June 1, 2024 Brian O'NeillI help to manage Slugger by taking care of the site as well as running our live events. My background is in business, marketing and IT. My politics tend towards middle-of-the-road pragmatism, I am not a member of any political party. Oddly for a member of the Slugger team, I …

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In South African the ANC suffers its worst election results in 30 years…

All is not well in the rainbow nation of South Africa. Riven by scandal, allegations of corruption, stasis, and a general lack of delivery on the day to day issues, the ANC vote share fell to below 50%. From Alexis Akwagyiram in The Guardian: The results are in, and the message is stark: the ruling African National Congress (ANC) has been humbled in the country’s general election. South Africa is going through the biggest shift in its political landscape since …

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Open sunday – politics free zone…

Street vendor with a suitcase

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'NeillI help to manage Slugger by taking care of the site as well as running our live events. My background is in business, marketing and IT. My politics tend towards middle-of-the-road pragmatism, I am not a member of any political party. Oddly for a member of the Slugger team, I am not …

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