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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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Poots should go

It is a total outrage that the accident and emergency department is going to close in Belfast City Hospital. This city has grown in size, as has the population of this city  in the last five years. Closing this valuable service in our city is going to put pressure on our other two hospitals and […]

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Disappearing leaders

The House of Commons has become the House of Lords for retired SDLP leaders. Margaret Ritchie has now retired as leader and will never be seen again as she’s going to the Commons, just like Mark Durkan. No-one has seen Ian óg or Nigel Dodds in over a year since they left the Assembly for […]

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Separating myth from the facts

In a recent newspaper article, a Maynooth theologian stressed the importance of Mary, the mother of Jesus, and her exemplary obedience to God, and also the unquestionable authority of the Church in interpreting the mysterious ways of the Christian God. His comment about the importance of human suffering, though, was much more worrying than confusing. […]

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A proposition for local politicians

I work in the Royal Hospitals; my job is under threat, so are thousands of others, not just in health but in education. Jobs in the community are also being targeted. The people who visit our elderly relatives, give our children new hope instead of alcohol, drugs and suicide, are being done away with. Our […]

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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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