Blog Profile / Slugger O'Toole

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After brinkmanship, agreement on the transition period, but another fudge on the border. The ” backstop” for Northern Ireland remains

25 minutes agoNews : Slugger O'Toole

Breaking….. I had just filed a piece below headlined “brinkmanship on the border “ when the Irish Times reported that that the British had agreed to accept  a legal  draft text containing  the “ backstop” option 3 on keeping Northern...Show More Summary

Senior Irish and British figures mark death of Sean O’Callaghan

27 minutes agoNews : Slugger O'Toole

IRA informer Sean O’Callaghan’s life and legacy will be marked by senior representatives of the British and Irish states on Wednesday. They will be joined by many of his friends in London, where he made his life and from where he gave invaluable advice to David Trimble about how to deal with his former close colleagues in the IRA. Show More Summary

Why is Derry So Poor? Part III – The Solutions

28 minutes agoNews : Slugger O'Toole

It is clear that there are economic and social challenges facing Northern Ireland’s second city, and that little is being done to address them. So what type of solutions could be pursued to enable Derry to fulfil its potential as a key economic generator for the north west of the island ? Here are some suggestions : 1. Show More Summary

The smart way to keep people passive and obedient…

29 minutes agoNews : Slugger O'Toole

Came across this good Noam Chomsky quote today: The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum – even encourage the more critical and dissident views. Show More Summary

On St Patrick’s Day we celebrate the safe old rivalries and cherished differences

31 minutes agoNews : Slugger O'Toole

Well it’s St Patrick’s Day after all and by the time many of you will read this, we’ll know if we’ve landed the Grand Slam. England cannot wait to get back to Twickenham. Back home. Back where they do not lose. At least certainly not in Eddie Jones’s time. Show More Summary

The spending dilemma in the NI Health Service

32 minutes agoNews : Slugger O'Toole

Nick Garbutt over on Scope NI has an excellent article on health spending and the challenges facing us in the future First to the budget. Secretary of State Karen Bradley’s written statement commits to a 5.5% uplift on last year’s allocation. Show More Summary

Towards a Respectful Future report launched

33 minutes agoNews : Slugger O'Toole

The DUP, UUP and PUP groups on Belfast City Council launched the Towards a Respectful Future document this morning in Belfast City Hall. The Councillors present were Lee Reynolds, John Kyle, Billy Hutchinson, George Dorrian and Jim Rodgers. Show More Summary

Join us for our live event ‘Reasons to be cheerful – 20 years after the Good Friday Agreement’…

33 minutes agoNews : Slugger O'Toole

Join the Tony Robbins and Oprah Winfrey of Northern Ireland, local motivational speaker Alex Kane and Irish News happiness correspondent Allison Morris for a night of positivity. We can’t promise firewalks or group hugs but we can promise...Show More Summary

Taking their seats at Westminster would be a high risk U-turn for Sinn Fein

34 minutes agoNews : Slugger O'Toole

Noel Whelan  in the Irish Times  today repeats  the case for Sinn Fein to take their seats at Westminster  – but only after a general election for which the end of abstention would be in their manifesto. This differs from the plea by...Show More Summary

Leo goes to Washington

35 minutes agoNews : Slugger O'Toole

The Taoiseach. Leo Varadkar, and his ministerial colleagues landed into the United States this week as the Trump White House is embroiled in turmoil. This St. Patrick’s week isn’t at all that strange, however, in the new, unprecedented...Show More Summary

DUP’s advantage through Boundary Commision is largely restorative…

36 minutes agoNews : Slugger O'Toole

Interesting response from Sinn Fein over the latest boundary changes. Francie Molloy in the Independent writes… Sinn Féin warned at the time that the DUP would attempt to insert this issue into their negotiations with the Tories so it came as little surprise to us that the new proposals were virtually indistinguishable from the DUP’s. Show More Summary

Beneath the Harp and Crown: Philip Orr Speaks ahead of the Premiere of his new play about UDR Veteran

36 minutes agoNews : Slugger O'Toole

‘Beneath the Harp and Crown,’ a new play by Philip Orr, premieres next week in four venues. The play was developed in collaboration with Decorum NI, a charity based support group for veterans of the security forces and their families who served during The Troubles in Northern Ireland. Show More Summary

No threat to the Good Friday Agreement in sight, but bolder joint action is needed after St Patrick’s Day

37 minutes agoNews : Slugger O'Toole

Traditionally the St Patrick’s Day pilgrimages to America have been occasions for everybody involved in our politics to be on their best behaviour and bask in waves of Irish-American blarney. Not so much this year, as  Arlene FosterShow More Summary

20 years since the Good Friday Agreement – It’s time the value of women’s peace building work is recognised

39 minutes agoNews : Slugger O'Toole

In the latest part of our sHERed Future series, Kellie Turtle (Feminist Activist and WRDA’s Women’s Sector Lobbyist) writes about the role of women in peace building in Northern Ireland In any discussion of women’s participation in building...Show More Summary

DUP Mayor Paul Hamill speaking Irish ahead of an event.

39 minutes agoNews : Slugger O'Toole

Amid all the political wrangling over the Irish language -DUP mayor Paul Hamill practises his Irish ahead of event in Newtownabbey @UTVNews — Judith Hill (@JudeHill_utv) March 14, 2018   Paul Hamill is the Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council and just in a contentious debate about the Irish language is refreshing to see this engagement.

“A feature of the devolved administration here has been that the two main parties have been sensitive to criticism…”

40 minutes agoNews : Slugger O'Toole

The BBC reported a telling admission from the head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service, David Sterling, during the RHI Inquiry yesterday. Mr Sterling said the practice of taking minutes had “lapsed” after devolution when engagement between civil servants and local ministers became much more regular. Show More Summary

Parties join forces on Neighbourhood Renewal Programme.

Nice piece of cross party cooperation here. Below is a letter from representatives of all parties the Neighbourhood Renewal Programme. The following MLAs on an all party basis, have requested a meeting with the Permanent Secretary of...Show More Summary

Brexit battle lines drawn up, or the storm before the calm and other cliches

On the face of it,  the prospects are looking grim again but it may only mean that they’re getting down to business – at last- again. The BBC headlines “Brexit trade talks battle lines drawn.”  And the FT reports  that  the EU –  the...Show More Summary

Engage with the Power of Reason

Peter O’Neill is the director and founder of the Imagine Festival of Politics and Ideas. Politics in Northern Ireland has had a tough year. With no Executive since January 2017, an election that changed little just over a year ago and...Show More Summary

“Leo Varadkar and Mary Lou McDonald have been making eyes at each other, using Brexit as chaperone…”

Interesting observation from Eoghan Harris… Leo Varadkar is playing full-on footsie with Sinn Fein – although he must know that Sinn Fein is using Brexit, like it uses the Irish language, as a baton to beat up on Northern Prods. Behind...Show More Summary

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