July, 2017

RFJ respond to British Secretary of State US visit

Mark Thompson The following is a statement issued by RFJ CEO Mark Thompson on the announcement by British Secretary of State James Brokenshire that he is making a visit to the US. “Relatives for Justice note the visit by the British Secretary of State to the United States. “It has been deeply disappointing that the […]

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Agree to an Irish Language Act? The DUP already have

There’s a letter in the Irish Times this morning by Dr Niall Comer, who lectures in Irish at the Ulster University. He’s also the president of Chonradh na Gaeilge, so it’s fair to assume he’s worth reading when he writes about an Irish Language Act here in the north. Dr Comer rejects Edwin Poots’s assertion, […]

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‘Bigotry Runs Deep’  by Joe McVeigh

  The parades this year passed off peacefully, thanks mainly to the dignified response of the Nationalist communities in sensitive areas. The bonfires once again were provocative causing hurt to nationalists – as intended. They also caused considerable damage to property and to the ozone layer. The burning of an effigy of Martin McGuinness in […]

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SO MUCH CHAFF

I think it is all so much chaff…this talk of stereotyping unionism and nationalism.Of course everyone is an individual with their specific mindset within the entire Norneverland community but we are all products of our individual households and upbringing or how else could you imagine that young children would end up in various marching bands […]

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Kate Thompson: a victim but not a useful one

Why is it that some victims of the Troubles are household names and others aren’t? Everyone knows of the cruel death of Jean McConville; how many are equally familiar with the cruel death of Joan Connolly? For every victim whose case the media and politicians highlight, there are many others who  are buried and ignored. Here’s […]

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Saturday pics of the week

Pics 1-5 are by John Patton Pic 1 Pic 2 Pic 3 Pic 4 Pic 5 “Given that one of your Republican contributors derides Scotland’s right to self-determination, sensing little that sets it apart culturally or nationally from Berkshire or Essex, I shall choose my words with care. Highland Games are held across Scotland during […]

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‘The Clock is Ticking’  by Joe McVeigh

Negotiations for British withdrawal from the EU have finished their first week without any clarity about what is going to happen in Ireland when Brexit comes into force in March 2019. In their Press Conference, both the EU and British negotiators used the same phrase: ‘the clock is ticking.’ Monsieur Barnier says that they are concerned to […]

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‘Missed opportunities’ by Eamonn MacDermott

In recent days the press and airwaves have been full of articles and programmes looking back at the 20th anniversary of the IRA’s ceasefire – the prelude to the Good Friday Agreement. Much store has been put on the events that followed the historic announcement of June 1997 which eventually led to the talks process […]

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