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Stormont rapport underlines City Hall divisions

I had two pals in the viewing gallery at City Hall during Tuesday’s monthly meeting of Council. One was Sheriff Leo McGuire, who represented Bergen County, New Jersey, a county of one million souls.

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How Belfast-Nashville can become a real sister act

I HAD an opportunity to meet with a high-powered delegation from Vanderbilt University in our sister city of Nashville, Tennessee in the Lord Mayor’s Parlour this week and got to discuss the city’s contribution to the civil rights struggle in the US.

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Exhibition will lay some ghosts of the past to rest

Tonight (Thursday) at the Golden Thread Gallery, we’ll lay a few ghosts to rest when the redoubtable Conrad Atkinson returns to Belfast with his formidable artwork Silver Liberties. Banned from the Ulster

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Up from Cork to meet a hero of our wounded city

As part of the prep work for a new documentary commissioned by TG4 to mark the centenary of the Titanic launch, I spent the weekend trailing around after Ainle Ó Cairealláin, the talented young presenter of the planned hour-long programme, ‘An Chathair Ghonta’ (‘Wounded City’).

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There’ll be no Irish Christmas at City Hall

Unionists cancelled Christmas for children from the Irish speaking schools at the full Council meeting on Monday evening – with the help of the Alliance Party.A minor setback on the road to the shared city which treats Irish speakers and the Irish language as a great treasure of the one city, but no doubt the Gaeilge groups will respond with their usual vibrancy and dynamism at this Sunday’s Rights and Revelry bash at St George’s Market.

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In City Hall corridors, wind of change picks up speed

I popped along to the Cultúrlann on Friday past – Culture Night – to view the 51-piece exhibition of Gerard Dillon’s work, and was blown away.

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