Balrog1916 can unify us (9.12.2005, 20:23 UTC)
I see the issue of next year's Easter rising commeration has been raised in the Dáil. Bertie Ahern has come in for critism for announcing the the celebration at the Fianna Fáil Ard Fheis. Both Enda Kenny and Pat Rabitte felt that it should not have been announced at such a partisan venue and wile its not exactly the most important of issues, I would have sympathy with their arguement. The government has established an organising committe and invited the other parties to become involved...
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BalrogPNSI - at it again. (8.12.2005, 12:47 UTC)
I see the case against the men alleged to have been part of a Republican spy-ring at Stormont has collapsed. This was the incident that led to the fall of the powersharing government amis these false claim of spying. Finally it has been proven that this disgraceful incident was merely a part of a pathetic attempt of behalf of the security forces to save Trimble's bacon and discredit Republicans. I would agree with Mr. Donaldson's solicitors that these men were "victims of a political operation ...
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BalrogPSNI - at it again. (8.12.2005, 12:47 UTC)
I see the case against the men alleged to have been part of a Republican spy-ring at Stormont has collapsed. This was the incident that led to the fall of the powersharing government amis these false claim of spying. Finally it has been proven that this disgraceful incident was merely a part of a pathetic attempt of behalf of the security forces to save Trimble's bacon and discredit Republicans. I would agree with Mr. Donaldson's solicitors that these men were "victims of a political operation ...
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BalrogRevenge of the Nerds (6.12.2005, 22:14 UTC)
On Thursday last I attended the excellent Leviathan Cabaret night held monthly in Crawdaddy Club. One of Ireland's best journalists, David Mc Williams, is the host and chair of this monthly political debate. On Thursday the debate was What Now for the US Crusade in the Middle East? The panelists were Senator David Norris, Raymond Deane of the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Israeli music professor and commentator Eyal Kless and Paul MacDonnell, director of the Open Republic Institute ...
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BalrogThis Berry is not for turning (6.12.2005, 21:00 UTC)
I see that the Paul Berry saga has entered a new phase with the news that Paul has launched libel proceedings against the BBC, Sunday World and the Irish News.In a statement issued through his solicitors Madden and Finucane Paul said that he had initiated libel proceedings against the Sunday World over a report which claimed he met a male masseur in a Belfast hotel. He also rejected any notion that he would be resigning from the DUP.It sounds like fireworks are only beginning on this one and alr...
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BalrogDeathbell tolls for 11+ (6.12.2005, 12:38 UTC)
Angela Smith announced the new criteria for admission to second level eduction in the north today. The new criteria are based on geographical and family connections as well as random selection. Academic selection is to be abolished. I cautiously welcome these proposals as thankfully it means an end to the dreaded transfer procedure. I remember the 11+ as a time of great stress and I don't think children should be put through such a thing at such a young stage of their development. However there...
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BalrogRUC are no role models (5.12.2005, 17:23 UTC)
I see ex-RUC supermo Ronnie Flanagan is being sent to Iraq to attempt to deal with the policing crisis there. One of Ronnie's responsibilities will be to tackle the growing concerns about the infiltration of the country's police force by insurgents. Nothing like making the man feel at home since of course during his time in charge of the RUC, Special Branch enjoyed a cosy little relationship with UVF "insurgents". The last thing Iraq needs is a corrupt secterian police force dedicated to servin...
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BalrogBritish troops to go home (5.12.2005, 17:16 UTC)
Good to see more progress on the demiliterisation front as a Welsh Army Battalion is to leave Bessbrook in the new year. Slowly South Armagh is being ridded of these unwanted British troops. The campaign for demiliterisation will continue until South Armagh and other communtities finally have this blight on their lives removed and a normal society is achieved.
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BalrogBest - the tribute? (5.12.2005, 17:07 UTC)
I see the Belfast Telegraph has released the results of its poll on what it thinks would be the best tribute to George Best. Calling the new provincial stadium at the Maze the "George Best Stadium" came on top. However considering how controversial this stadium has been already and remembering that it may not even ever be built, personally I would be in favour of renaming Belfast International airport, the George Best Airport.
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BalrogFF in trouble? (5.12.2005, 16:46 UTC)
The Sunday Business Post has produced the latest opinion polls in the 26 counties and support for the alternative coalition of Fine Gael and Labour seems to growing. Fianna Fáil will be worried at figures which give them support of 34 % of the electorate while Fine Gael and Labour combined are supported by 40%. The PDs are on the wane again with a pathetic 3%. Support for Sinn Féin remains steady at 10% which should lead to at least another 5 Sinn Féin TDs in the Dáil. Berti...
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BalrogSDLP shocker (4.12.2005, 12:31 UTC)
In a shock move a member of the SDLP has actually dared to criticise their beloved PSNI. Alaisdair McDonnell is apperently anger at the latest PSNI stunt in their investigation in the northern bank robbery when Casement Park Belfast was raided in another publicity stunt to cover up the sheer ineptitude of the PSNI. I wonder if Hugh Orde realises that if he was as interested in actually catching the theives as he is making political capital out of his unfounded allegations, then perhaps he might ...
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BalrogRIP (3.12.2005, 13:51 UTC)
George Best was laid to rest today and his funeral at Parliment Buildings, Stormont has attracted a fair bit of coverage on the blogosphere, not all of which is positive. Personally I would agree with Jo's assessment that it was an extremely moving and fitting tribute to a truely great footballer. Speakers at the ceremony including George's son, sister, doctors and former teammates. Denis Law and Bobby McAlinden regaled the crowd, which included representatives from all walks of life, with tale...
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BalrogThe Balrog Trinity! (3.12.2005, 03:13 UTC)
Hi folks I am pleased to announce that the "lost sheep" is returning to the flock, yes you got it, Hensons is coming back! I am glad of this for many reasons, as you may have noticed I have had a very sporadic posting of threads this last week or two (which I will explain shortly) With the return of Henson’s it adds an extra dimension to the site and will only help our growth, it also means that I have to go AWOL for a while the momentum of the site is not affected. I have had an awfu...
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BalrogMaskey tells it as it is (2.12.2005, 23:26 UTC)
Alex Maskey continued his work aiding the victims of State collusion today as he joined the families at a press conference. Alex also exposed the hyprocrisy of the SDLP with their current attempts to appear like the true defenders of Nationalist victims of collusion by giving a personal experience of being attacked by Loyalists; When I was shot in my own home by the UDA, Joe Hendron the senior SDLP figure held a press conference on the Whiterock Road and informed the media that he believed tha...
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BalrogHello Mary Lou and hello to the Dáil as well! (2.12.2005, 22:55 UTC)
Good luck to Mary Lou McDonald who has been selected to stand as the Sinn Féin candidate in Bertie Ahern's Dublin Central constituency at the next 26 county election. Mary Lou's candidature provoked a bit of debate over at slugger but I think it is good to see Sinn Féin selecting a hard working representative who will hopefully become Sinn Féin's first female TD since the party began to fight Dáil elections again in the 1980s. Nicky Kehoe, the previous candidate in the cons...
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BalrogA farce of a commission (2.12.2005, 22:27 UTC)
Alex Maskey is right to take the newly consitituted Parades Commission to task. As he rightly points out, it is disgraceful that there is no reprensative of a working class Republican or Nationalist community. Two members of the sectarian Orange Order have been given places on the board, yet no one from a residents' group has been selected. How can this possibly be justified as a balanced approach?! Of the 7 members, 2 are in the Orange Order and another 3 have been actively involved in the secu...
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BalrogLoyalist Parade to clash with Best funeral (30.11.2005, 15:32 UTC)
I think its a real pity that the Apprentice Boys have found themselves unable to reschedule their proposed marches in Belfast on Saturday. The matches clash with the funeral of soccer legend George Best. Around 500,000 are expected to gather in and around the Stormont estate for the funeral of the former Northern Ireland footballer. Nationalist residents have cancelled their protests scheduled for Saturday but despite the appeals of former unionist Lord Mayor and leading Orangeman, Jim Rodger, t...
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BalrogEngland 1 Germany 0 - or is it?! (30.11.2005, 15:18 UTC)
To lighten the mood a little, I thought I'd have a look at the EU's proposals to install one language as the official main language of the EU. The European Commission has just announced an agreement whereby English will be the official language of the European Union rather than German, which was the other possibility. As part of the negotiations, the British Government conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement and has accepted a 5-year phase-in plan that would become known a...
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BalrogBlogger nua! (30.11.2005, 11:23 UTC)
Feicim go bhfuil blogger nua ag "Slugger O Toole" (Go raibh mile maith agat - Maca) Cathal O Foirreidh an t-aimn ata air agus tá tús maith deanta aige go fóil. Adh mhór, an fear agus tá súil agam go mbeidh tú in inmhe an teanga a chur chun cinn i measc daoine nach bfuil suim ar bith acu i ngaelige go fóil.
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BalrogJust not good enough (30.11.2005, 11:00 UTC)
A very interesting article from the Irish Examiner exposing the shameful extent to which the current Irish government has ignored the health concerns of the nation. I'm sure the vast majority of readers will have had cancer touch their families in some way, shape or form. We all know what a terrible, wasting disease it can be, even more tragic when it hits somebody young. How then can the government possibly defend having only ONE cancer specialist amongst a population of 500,000 in the Cork/Ke...
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BalrogMore arrests (29.11.2005, 12:56 UTC)
I see there have been more arrests in connection with the Northern Bank raid. Strangely one of the men arrested is an employee who took part in a BBC documentary on the raid a few weeks after the bank was robbed. Presumably this programme was sanctioned by the PSNI. Why then would a Police Service allow someone who they felt might eventually need to be arrested take part in a such a programme? It is becoming increasing apparent that the PSNI are running around like headless chickens with regard...
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BalrogYoung people being priced out of the market? (28.11.2005, 16:50 UTC)
Susan Mitchell has a look at the issue of house prices in the 26 counties. She seems somewhat spcetical of the Econmists' claim that house prices will fall by 20% in the next 5 years. This is a very important issue for a lot of young people given that any decent house in Dublin these days will cost the guts of half a million euro. Young people are being left with one of two options - rent or don't live in Dublin which isn't a great option considering the percentage of the nation's jobs which ar...
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BalrogSDLP MLA attacked (28.11.2005, 16:34 UTC)
I'm sad to see that the home of SDLP MLA Pat Ramsey has been attacked by lowlifes once again. Mr. Ramsey has been targetted many times in the past and it must be very traumitising for his family, espicially his five year old daughter. there seems to be policy of targetted certain SDLP members numerous times in order to intimidate them. I don't know who these people are but they are completly in the wrong. They have no support amongst the community and should stop their hateful activities immedi...
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BalrogSt Galls are Ulster champions (27.11.2005, 16:51 UTC)
I was delighted today when the final score of the AIB Ulster Club Football final was announced, St Galls winning 1-8 to 0-8 against Bellaghy. I was particularly delighted for John Rafferty and Kevin McGourty, knowing both men well. It will be a huge lift for Antrim football and the higher the bar is set the better as it can only be a good thing for Ulster football. Ulster's position as the dominant province of Gaelic football must be guarded and reinforced. Well done St Galls!
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BalrogAll Stars Named (25.11.2005, 22:26 UTC)
The GAA interocunty season reached a glittering conclusion tonight with the annual Vodafone All Star awards. Congratulations to all 30 players named as All Stars and particular congratulations to Stephen O'Neill and Jerry O'Connor who were named Footballer and Hurler of the year respectively. It was nice to see three men from my own county Armagh receive awards. These were Andy Mallon, Paul McGrane and Stevie McDonnell. Aaron Kernan of Armagh was also named as Young Player of the Year It was pa...
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BalrogDurkan cynically using the victims of State Collusion (25.11.2005, 22:24 UTC)
I am sick and tired of listening to Stoopus Maximus on the issue of the OTR legislation and his new found support for the Collusion issue. Let's get something clear from the off, the stoops don't give two fucks about the families of those who died through State Collusion. The evidence shows the SDLP for what they are, shameless opportunists! -In the 1980's the SDLP denied that there was a Shoot-To-Kill policy -When the issue of Collusion was first brought up by Sinn Féin the SDLP desc...
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BalrogAn error of Judgment (25.11.2005, 22:08 UTC)
I see that certain blogs and many commentators have been cock-a-hoop this week at the news that Sinn Féin have suspended the Mayor of Dungannon Francie Malloy from the party due to remarks he made during the week expressing his displeasure with Sinn Féin’s support for the seven council model announced earlier this week. Francie has even been getting support from Unionist councillors. Many people are trying to manipulate this situation in order to attack Sinn Féin. I’m ...
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BalrogMcDowell gets away with it (25.11.2005, 15:54 UTC)
I see Michael McDowell has managed to squeem his way out of the libel charges brought against him by the editor of the Daily Ireland newspaper, Mairtin O Muilleoir. The law does not allow proceedings against somebody who was acting "on behalf of the government". I can understand this ruling but it says a lot about McDowell considering he saw fit to mock Mr. Muilleoir with the taunt `see you in court' when in reality the Daily Ireland were denied their day in court. Mr. McDowell's comments about ...
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BalrogA waste of Paper! (25.11.2005, 13:01 UTC)
I see Lord Laird is coming up with his usual nonsense. His current claim is that the Stormont regieme which ran the six counties with a bigotted Iron, Unionist fist was in fact not sectarian at all! Laird accuses the Southern government at the time of in fact being much worse than its 6 county counterpart. This particular bit of rubbish sums up how blind Laird is to the sad facts of his party's history; An interesting point, often overlooked, is that the Government of Ireland Act of 1920 - und...
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BalrogSimply the Best (25.11.2005, 12:41 UTC)
As Mick Fealty eloquently puts it, today is a sad day for followers of Manchester United, Irish soccer or indeed sport in general. George is on the brink and it is only a matter of time untill the inevitable happens and George passes on. Many will miss the man but I suppose for most of us the memories are of the footballer. I never saw George play live but there's no doubt having seen the footage that he was quite simply the most gifted footballer this island ever produced, the best player ever ...
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