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Post Conflict Northern Ireland – A Work in Progress

Twenty years have now passed since the signing of the 1994 IRA ceasefire. Twenty years ago I was five years old. Unaware of politics and blissfully unaware of guns, bombs…..

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Post Conflict Northern Ireland – A Work in Progress

Twenty years have now passed since the signing of the 1994 IRA ceasefire. Twenty years ago I was five years old. Unaware of politics and blissfully unaware of guns, bombs…..

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UK ‘secret court’ closed material procedure applications published

It has emerged from the government publication, the ‘Report on use of closed material procedure’, that Secretary of State ministers have requested five Closed Material Procedure (CMP) applications between the…..

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NI21? A one-sided argument that lacks closure

Like the dramatic ending of a bad relationship, NI21 came to a halt without closure. They were gone suddenly, with a bang rather than a whimper, and with their demise went…..

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A 21st Century Dilemma: Is the media part of the problem in Ferguson?

By the 18th August 2014 it would be fair to say that the situation in Ferguson was out of control. Amnesty International had despatched a team onto US soil for…..

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The All Party Pro Life Group is redundant, but not surprising

Can you imagine anything worse than a bunch of ‘blokes’ sitting around a table in Stormont discussing reproductive rights? Eugh, it’s enough to give Jim Allister the creeps. Oh, wait,…..

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NI21? A one-sided argument that lacks closure

Like the dramatic ending of a bad relationship, NI21 came to a halt without closure. They were gone suddenly, with a bang rather than a whimper, and with their demise went…..

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Brian John Spencer | The Importance of ‘Secular Scripture’

Anyone who knows me by my social media presence knows that I love quotes. Yes it can be a meaningless act – Ralph Waldo Emerson who said that “I hate…..

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Sarah Wright: ‘Restricting and criminalising women will never eradicate abortion’

Incubators, vessels, treated worse than animals. This is not an exaggeration of the plight of women in Ireland – North and South – this is reality. The recent story of…..

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Comment: Westboro Church is an idiotic group of self obsessed morons

They carry signs claiming ‘God Hates Fags’, they picket the funerals of soldiers and carry out campaigns against the media despite an obvious love of the spotlight. Yes, everyone’s favourite…..

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Brian John Spencer | “By failing to encourage diversity of opinion and idea, unionism disempowers itself”

One point repeatedly made in the Israel-Gaza debate has been, as Ed O’Loughlin said, that it is eminently possible to be fiercely critical of Israel policy without hating Jewish people. What…..

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In Review: ‘If I Stay’

Coming to cinemas this weekend is the new adaptation of a young adult novel by Gayle Forman called ‘If I stay’. The film stars Chloë Grace Moretz and is a…..

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In Review: Let’s Be Cops

Coming to cinemas this weekend is the new cop-but-not-cop buddy movie ‘Let’s Be Cops’ directed by Luke Greenfield. The film stars Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. as two friends…..

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In Review: House of Not – ‘On the Madness of Crowds’

I always had an inkling or a dream (or something) that there would be a whole world of under appreciated art, cinema and music that I would love but never…..

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In Review: The Expendables 3

So I sit down with my over priced Ben and Jerry’s ice-cream at the equally overpriced Omniplex cinema in Lisburn. I am ready to get a face full of gore,…..

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In Review: Mood Indigo

Mood Indigo is described as a French romantic drama film starring Audrey Tautou and Romain Duris. It’s one of the funniest, most surreal things I have seen. A film that…..

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