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Three laws that (somehow) required more scrutiny than DRIP

The Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act has received royal assent, passing through the House of Commons in one day and the House of Lords in two (what with the upper…..

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In Review | Hercules (2014)

The last Hercules film I saw was animated, it had talking animals and catchy songs. My expectations for this new film – starring half man, half tank Dwayne ‘The Rock’…..

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Mayor of Newry faces calls for resignation after ‘Israeli products’ letter sent to retailers

The Sinn Féin Mayor of Newry, Cllr Dáire Hughes, has faced criticism and calls for his resignation after he used council-headed note paper to circulate a message to retailers requesting a list…..

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Jim Dowson, founder of the ‘Protestant Coalition’, resigns from politics and Britain First with ‘immediate effect’

James ‘Jim’ Dowson, ex-BNP fundraiser, ex anti abortion campaigner, ex flag protestor and ex Protestant Coalition mogul has quit Britain First over the recent ‘mosque invasions’. Mr Dowson, who is…..

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McCausland ‘deliberately misled’ Committee for Social Development, report released

A report commissioned by the Committee for Social Development has found, based on majority vote, that Nelson McCausland ‘deliberately misled’ the Committee regarding his management of NIHE contracts, specifically in…..

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DUP and UUP oppose expansion of Rowandale Primary School

A SEELB proposal to expand Rowandale Integrated Primary School in Moira has been opposed in unity by the DUP and UUP on Lisburn City Council. The South Eastern Education and…..

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Will Local Government Reform put local council jobs at risk?

In April 2015 the eleven new ‘super councils’ will come into effect in Northern Ireland. Currently acting in a ‘shadow’ capacity, the reform will give the new councils more local…..

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How Northern Ireland uses RIPA 2000 to intercept the communications of its citizens

The Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (2000), RIPA, gained royal assent on the 28th July 2000. The law gives the government and public authorities the ability to intercept personal communication…..

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Standing up to racism in Northern Ireland: Reporting from the heart of the anti-racism rally

The other day I had a phone call from a friend as I sat down to watch the Nolan Show on the iplayer. He was, to use the technical terminology,…..

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The Rise and Rise of the Political ‘Selfie’

In a craze that shows no sign of slowing, the ‘selfie’ (the act of taking a photo of one’s own face) has hit politics hard. In the Urban Dictionary, where…..

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NI21 Timeline – The Road So Far

The news that Tina McKenzie is standing as NI21′s European candidate is the first official word from within the party regarding the upcoming elections on May 22nd. Off The Record…..

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Tina at Home: Talking Politics at the Breakfast Table of NI21 candidate for Europe, Tina McKenzie

  s I head west away from Belfast on the M1 a spring sun shines down on dappled-green Northern Ireland countryside. No radio, no music, just the sound of the…..

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In Review | Hercules (2014)

The last Hercules film I saw was animated, it had talking animals and catchy songs. My expectations for this new film – starring half man, half tank Dwayne ‘The Rock’…..

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In Review: Alestorm | ‘Sunset on the Golden Age’ (Pre-release)

Alestorm have gone and been brilliant and brought out a new album. After the difficult second album and difficult third album they have brought out the difficult fourth album that,…..

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Escaping into the world of Belfast street art

Love it or hate it, graffiti is just about everywhere you look. Some is right in your face, taking up huge spaces on the walls of buildings and then there…..

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Meat in a Bap Botanic – Brilliant food, groovy people and ‘pan fried pleasure discs’

Who loves meat?! Who loves eating really brilliant food while being surrounded by groovy sexy cool people? I can’t hear you because I’m in my flat, but feel free to…..

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Check out the new video from LORIS – ‘Do It Right’

Recorded and produced by Michael Mormecha at Millbank Studios, LORIS has recently released their second official single, entitled ‘Do It Right’. Their electronic sound continues to be a breath of fresh…..

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A (temporary) end to hostilities within NI21?

After weeks of infighting, turmoil and leaks, speculation is