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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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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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Images from Pro Palestinian rally and Pro Israeli counter rally (Belfast 19th July 2014)

On the 19th July 2014, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions organised a rally in support of and, in solidarity with, the people of Palestine in response to the launch of…..

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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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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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For Pod and Ulster SPECIAL – Our 10th Anniversary

We made it folks! That is right, this podcast is now ten weeks old. Incredible. Off The Record is joined by two great friends Keith Boe (@KJBoe) and Andrew Doran…..

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For Pod and Ulster – ‘Things Can Only Get Better’

The OTR usuals, Jason Murdock and Jason Ashford discuss the evil experiments of Facebook, expose the CIA* for dolphin based antics and laugh heartily at ‘alternative medicine’. *Wasn’t even the…..

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For Pod and Ulster: Off the Record Podcast 8

Jason Murdock and Jason Ashford discuss:   > The ghost of Richard Haass >NI21 >Northern Ireland’s major problems with equality. >The 12th of July >The usual banter nonsense   Give…..

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For Pod and Ulster: Off The Record Podcast 7 – Unaccountable Politics

This week the Off The Record team – Jason Ashford and Jason Murdock – discuss the post-election hangover, the recent controversies à la ‘Pastorgate’ and the lack of accountability in…..

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For Pod and Ulster: Off The Record Podcast #6

In this election special we sit down for a chat about the recent election counts, the ongoing NI21 controversies and the best ways to spoil your ballot paper. This week…..

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A (temporary) end to hostilities within NI21?

After weeks of infighting, turmoil and leaks, speculation is

Opinion: The Silent Majority is a Myth

Okay Northern Ireland, I think it’s time we had