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Aisling’s Aisling is our new city story

BELFAST is a fast-changing city. The Sinn Féin Ard Fheis in the Waterfront Hall at the weekend gave compelling evidence of that. However, like so many aspects of post-Good Friday Agreement society, it’s not changing half-fast enough.

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45 years of a West Belfast institution

ST Genevieve’s High School pulled out all the stops as they celebrated their 45th anniversary on Tuesday evening. Past pupils, distinguished guests, staff and current pupils came together to mark 45 years of the school’s central place in the life of West Belfast.

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Some great leaders and their, ah, colourful pasts

I was in the Waterfront Hall on Saturday afternoon and do you know what? It was kind of dull. The speakers were lined up and in five-minute bursts they said things which everyone in the hall agreed with, and that’s what made it kind of dull.

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Parish thanks

WORLD Youth Day is an event organised by the Pope every two to four years in which all the young people within the Catholic Church are called throughout the world to one place, to come and celebrate their faith and love for Jesus Christ in an open environment. This year World Youth Day was held […]

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New questions for the SDLP

On Saturday the SDLP were meeting in Newry to discuss their future. At the same time 2,000 Sinn Féin delegates from around the 32 counties were meeting at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast to plot their next plan of action. The two events could not have been more striking. If the SDLP want my advice, […]

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HET lessons

Maybe the HET (Historical Enquiries Team) should take a leaf out of London’s Metropolitan Police’s book.  Within hours of the London riots (August 2011) the Metropolitan Police had issued calls for witnesses to come forward with information, released CCTV images and called for those involved to hand themselves in and admit their involvement in the […]

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