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Voices raised at the Duncairn Centre

IRELAND has, thankfully, its fair share of selfless ambassadors who have made it their life’s work to build community.
 They are grassroots patriots who realise that you build a nation from the street corner up.
 Among their number is Cork’s Philip King, the multi-talented musician, radio presenter and creator of the greatest-ever film tribute to […]

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Squinter’s essential betting guide to Election ’17

ALL elections are about using your loaf, as my oul’ da used to say, but never was that more true than in Thursday’s poll. Circumstances are much changed from last May, when a kind of semi-normal boredom had set in, hitting turn-out and seriously lowering the excitement factor. Now Arlene’s serial balls-ups and her Project […]

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Gerry Adams column: Enda Kenny happy to toe British line on Brexit

TWO weeks from today – Thursday, March 2 – the electorate of the north will be going to the polls. The future of the political institutions, and of the Good Friday Agreement, the allegations of corruption within the RHI scheme, and the need for integrity and respect within those institutions, are for Sinn Féin the […]

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Preparing for the big snow… if it actually arrives

  AT this time of year, Dúlra finds himself spending way too much money on food. Instead of a single loaf or litre of bread, he buys two or even three. And he tosses an extra box of teabags into the supermarket trolley and enough beans to feed a posse of cowboys. The problem is, […]

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A year of some ups but a lot more worrying downs

  So another year has passed. It was a year that will not readily be forgotten. Islamic State extremist attacks in Belgium, France and Germany, the destruction of Syria, the ongoing refugee crisis and the rise of the right wing vote throughout Europe, the fallout from the Brexit referendum in June and the election of […]

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Fine Gael making strange overtures to Sinn Féin

  NO Sunday morning is ever complete without an extended browse through the (electronic) pages of my second-favourite Irish news organ, The Sindo. I always find something that encourages me to think further on a given topic; often (but not always) the pen of Eilis O’Hanlon or (more recently) Mairia Cahill will gently lead me […]

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