Blog Profile / Slugger O'Toole


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Archived Since:February 24, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Belfast to retain its four Westminster seats in new Boundary changes…

21 hours agoNews : Slugger O'Toole

Good work from David Young, of the Press Association… BREAKING – Belfast set to retain 4 electoral constituencies as part of major revisions to proposals to redraw boundaries in NI, according to a Boundary Commission map obtained by @PA – new map radically different to politically contentious 2016 plan to cut seats from 18 to more...

The myth of trickle down justice

21 hours agoNews : Slugger O'Toole

If wealthy people win battles to secure their rights, is it likely the benefits will eventually filter down to those without the same clout? I ask the question because while it’s a given that high earning women at the BBC are entitled to the same rate of pay as men doing similar work, it’s not more...

Book your free tickets for the launch of the Civil Rights 50th Anniversary Programme with a keynote address from poet Michael Longley…

The broad-based 50th Anniversary of  Civil Rights Commemoration Committee, chaired by Professor Paul Arthur, wish to commemorate 50th Anniversary of Civil Rights in a sober, inclusive and reflective way. We want to seek to learn from what happened, to consider the significance of the Civil Rights movement for our society today and the continuing resonance more...

Is the whole McElduff episode, the act, the debate and the resolution, the best we can do?

2 days agoNews : Slugger O'Toole

Alex Kane, the former UU press officer who writes for just about everyone, shared the benefits of his research on both sides with Irish Times readers this morning, before McElduff’s resignation. His point about “blind spots” was simple and deadly. It’s these blind spots which have made it so difficult to reach a stable, lasting more...

West Tyrone – the numbers

2 days agoNews : Slugger O'Toole

Who would have thought that Northern Ireland would supply the first by-election of the House of Commons elected in 2017? We haven’t had a lot of parliamentary by-elections of late – this is only the fourth this century, after Martin McGuinness’s resignation from neighbouring Mid Ulster in 2013, Gerry Adams’ resignation from West Belfast in more...

Listen to Alan Black’s personal account of the Kingsmill massacre…

2 days agoNews : Slugger O'Toole

Yesterday on RTE Radio 1 Kingsmill massacre survivor Alan Black gave an interview to Miriam O Callaghan. It made for powerful radio and is well worth a listen. Just click the play button below to listen to it or you can download it here.    

Barry McElduff resigns – “I do not wish to be a barrier to reconciliation and healing”

2 days agoNews : Slugger O'Toole

Barry McElduff released a statement to announce that he is resigning as MP for West Tyrone saying “I cannot undo the pain caused but I know that my continuing role as MP for West Tyrone will compound that sense of hurt and impede any reconciliation process.”

Barry McElduff resigns as an MP

2 days agoNews : Slugger O'Toole

Barry McElduff has resigned as the MP for West Tyrone; His statement The reason I am doing so is because of the consequences of the Twitter video which has caused such controversy over the last week. “But the deep and unnecessary hurt this video caused the families of the victims of Kingsmill is my greatest more...

“To get through the rest of these negotiations we need more cooperation, more urgency and more ambition…”

3 days agoNews : Slugger O'Toole

As Matt O’Toole points out in precisely the right terms the whole Brexit thing is tricky for Northern Ireland, not simply from an economic point of view from a cultural angle too. There, as he says, so many wrong answers and no right ones. The measured tone of Arlene Foster’s speech in Killarney yesterday stands more...

Soapbox: It’s well past time to move on…….

3 days agoNews : Slugger O'Toole

I am almost 69. If I am lucky I may have a few years still to go. Since I was 20 my life has been lived with the spectre of the ‘troubles ‘ hovering over me.  The troubles have defined my country, my life and those of my children. I do not want them to more...

George Orwell and Twitter rage…

3 days agoNews : Slugger O'Toole

Interesting post over at The Idler about Twitter rage. In our current cultural climate, opinions have gotten very black and white, you need to pick a side. Nuance and shades of grey have gone out the window to be replacement by mock outrage. To quote the post: The periodic bouts of hatred directed at public more...

Arlene Foster spoke no empty words. The road to renewed cross community cooperation may run through Dublin and Brussels

3 days agoNews : Slugger O'Toole

Arlene Foster’s demarche surely marks a truce or even peace  between the Irish government and the DUP in the squabbles over Brexit. It will also  consolidate Dublin’s  improving  relations with Westminster. All this is welcome. Neither wants a hard land border on the island or trade barriers between the Republic and Great Britain. It was more...

Spain prevents Catalan independence leaders from taking office

3 days agoNews : Slugger O'Toole

The elections to the Catalan Parliament were just over 3 weeks ago but rather than lead to any settled political outcome in Barcelona problems look set to continue. Pro-independence parties again won an overall majority of seats but will the Spanish establishment permit all of those deputies to take up their seats and fulfil their mandate? more...

” Change should not be allowed to weaken the relationships so painstakingly put together across these British Isles. “

4 days agoNews : Slugger O'Toole

DUP Leader Rt. Hon. Arlene Foster MLA speaking at the inaugural Killarney Economic Conference this morning. Whilst the referendum was a vote by the British people, the ripples that flow from the referendum result will be far reaching with long-term implications for people well beyond the shores of the United Kingdom.  And I appreciate and more...

Time for nationalism to provide representation based on an expansion of the future for ALL the people of Northern Ireland

4 days agoNews : Slugger O'Toole

So Brian’s cartoon made the News Letter’s editorial yesterday. I’ve only ever cited a leading article on a handful of occasions but this is worth noting… On one hand, it’s just a statement of what ought already to be obvious. But after a year of Sinn Fein propaganda, a lot of people seem to have been more...

Archbishops and Admirals…

4 days agoNews : Slugger O'Toole

What do you suppose the following had in common: the American President Abraham Lincoln and his assassin, John Wilkes Booth, the German Emperor Frederick (Friedrich) III, the author of Household Management, Mrs Isabella Beeton, the impressionist...Show More Summary

Neither Catholic nor Protestant they are “Northern Irish dead” and we owe them all, not just some…

5 days agoNews : Slugger O'Toole

It says everything about our inability to deal with our past that we have almost everything – up to and including cynical manipulation of narrow political interests – short of a public acknowledgment of the distress and the need for help common to all… Noel Whelan in the Irish Times today writes: There is no reason more...

“As with the hardest essay questions, there is no right answer but many wrong ones.”

5 days agoNews : Slugger O'Toole

Writing in the Guardian, “former Downing Street Brexit spokesperson”, Matthew O’Toole [no relation – Ed] has some intelligent, and interesting, things to say about “the psychology of imagined identity” here, and the task facing the new Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Karen Bradley, as well as the UK Prime Minister in the next phase of more...

O’Dowd and Poots demonstrate disagreement doesn’t mean disrespect

5 days agoNews : Slugger O'Toole

It’s not often I have come away from a debate admiring both people taking part, even less often do I ring up asking for the entire thing to be saved.  Last night, John O’Dowd and Edwin Poots conducted a great debate. Politics should be about disagreement, not disrespect, for 20 minutes last night we got more...

Crucial court ruling today on Loughinisland report will have a major impact on dealing with the past

5 days agoNews : Slugger O'Toole

Mr Justice McCloskey is due to rule today  on whether the police ombudsman’s  findings of  police collusion in the Loughinisland murders should be quashed. His earlier ruling that the findings  were “ careless, thoughtless and inattentive... in... language and structuring” and “quite unacceptable by any standard” was greeted with more...

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