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The unmistakable sound of the bull in an SDLP shop

If it’s not a famine it’s a feast. For weeks you wait for something to happen in politics and then half-a-dozen of them come barrelling down the road. Exhibit 1: the SDLP. Like the Ulster Unionist Party, the SDLP’s main problem is to make itself visible. Mike Nesbitt had a go at solving that by […]

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After Kent state funeral, Belfast man leads campaign to fulfil Roger Casement’s dying wish to be buried in north Antrim

Following the recent state funeral of Thomas Kent, one of 16 men executed following the 1916 Easter Rising, a Belfast man is driving the campaign to have the remains of Roger Casement brought north for burial in County Antrim, as per his dying wish. Casement and Kent were the only two 1916 revolutionaries executed outside […]

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Squinter: How sit-down fishermen are casting aside the country code

ANGLING – it’s the ultimate country pursuit, isn’t it? Just you and your rod versus the fish and the water. Whether you’re standing on a river bank, up to your chest in waders or bobbing about on a boat, there’s no better way to commune with nature. The true angler will tell you catching fish […]

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SDLP leader’s ‘Taig’ comment sparks political storm

The leader of the SDLP sparked a political firestorm last night when he accused the DUP of not wanting ‘a Taig about the place’. Alasdair McDonnell travelled from talks at Stormont to speak to party members after Minister for the Environment Mark H Durkan cut the ribbon on the SDLP’s new Glengormley constituency office. Senior […]

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Martina tells of scenes of Syrian suffering after visiting refugee camp in Jordan

Desperate Syrian refugees packed into a camp in Jordan begged Sinn Féin’s Martina Anderson not to forget them when she visited the desert camp this week. The MEP, who visited Jordan for three days and returned on Monday, said people here must keep up the pressure on politicans to help the four million people displaced […]

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Perils and perks of reporting in the world of social media outlined by former RTE reporter in Manhattan speech

The perils of reporting via social media were partly evident even as Mark Little, one of the great success stories in the new business of social journalism, addressed the Irish Business Organisation in Manhattan. As Little concluded showing a video on Storyful, the company he launched in 2010 and sold to Newscorp for £13m ($20m) […]

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