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OPINION – Andrée Murphy: This is a rest of the world vs ideological space cadets issue

  There is a common thread in footage in documentaries broadcast regarding our contested past. In the old grainy photographs of the late 1960s and 1970s, in scenes of pogrom, bombings, violent internment raids, protest against injustice and discrimination of its various incarnations, this unmistakable theme is on display. Community solidarity. Lorries being driven by […]

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OPINION: Andrée Murphy – Women Will Do Politics Differently

When Michelle O’Neill paused in her answers to the Stormont chamber this week, she reflected heartfelt concerns in these days of uncertainty. Jim Allister had asked her about his constituent, a woman of 32 years with a young child, whose treatment for cancer has been upended as the Health Service tries to meet the challenges […]

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Time running out in quest for truth

  IT was that type of rain that was enough to soak your hair but not enough to make the awkwardness of the umbrella worth it. The ground was wet and slippy in the graveyard, so as she made her way to throw soil on her son’s coffin five people moved around her to make […]

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Worlds apart

  SOMETIMES it’s like we live in parallel worlds… The first world is one where an RHI scheme can grow to become this monster of a financial scandal because of – at best – lack of attention to detail or scrutiny of its outworkings, failures in good governance and scrutiny of governance, and lack of […]

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Real delivery

  JENNIFER McCann MLA has stepped down. This marks a significant moment in the world of women in politics. It’s possible we are witnessing a generational shift that, had it involved a man, might have been commented on more widely. Orlaithí Flynn has the confidence of her party – and those who know her well […]

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Light the lights

  I WANTED to write a full column about blue Christmas lights and how sad they make me. I thought I could tie it to a column about Christmas decorations going up far too early. And about Christmas decorations coming down too early. Except that seems like a very unimportant topic to write about. It’s […]

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