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Euro-Vision November

October 31, 2013

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Last month we watched as Italy teetered on the brink of another governmental meltdown as Berlusconi’s PDL threatened to show their support for the bunga-bungaing septuagenarian by storming out of the already fragile coalition. Unfortunately for Silvio, and fortunately for Italy, the PDL’s top brass caught themselves on and realised that jeopardising their own political […]

Euro-Vision

October 3, 2013

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Catherine Coffey keeps us up to date in what will be a monthly post on what’s going on in Europe!   Hello! And welcome to a shiny new summary of some of the past month’s most important/amusing European events, making sure that next time the pub quiz’s current affairs round looks further afield than the […]

The ongoing riot situation

January 24, 2013

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Mark McGahon contemplates why there is still ongoing rioting in Belfast and discusses THAT episode of the Nolan show. Where to start when writing about the recent flag riots can be quite daunting. It is very easy to slip into cliché, to quote Heaney and say ‘the voice of sanity is getting hoarse’. It’s just […]

Fourteen Years on: Did the Good Friday Agreement not mean an end to Violence?

December 13, 2012

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Catherine Arthur discusses the recent protests and rioting in Belfast following the decision to fly the Union flag over City Hall only on certain days of the year. Flags are a part of daily life in Northern Ireland: they are on lampposts, street signs, seen in the towns and cities as well as country roads and lanes. The […]

Pro-Life or just plain cruel?

November 20, 2012

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Portia Ellis-Woods discusses the tragic death of Savita Halappanavar and its implications for the recent opening of the Marie Stokes clinic in Belfast. Pro-Life or just plain cruel? That was the question for the innocent Savita Halappanavar as she battled for survival in Galway hospital on the 28th of October and died from septicaemia. With a […]

‘And the winner is….’ Nobel Peace prize for the European Union

November 16, 2012

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The yearly awarding of the Nobel Peace prize is rarely an event without controversy, and 2012 was no exception as the accolade was given to the European Union, “for over six decades contributed to the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe”. However, this decision by the Norwegian Nobel Committee was […]

Where to Now? An Outsiders Perspective on Obama’s Re-election

November 16, 2012

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Conall Mac Michael offers an ‘outsiders’ perspective on the recent US elections and what it means for America. Things were different four years ago. Americans had just spent eight years living in a country where a climate of fear enabled their elected leaders to champion literally anything as long as it was in the name […]