North Belfast MP John Finucane has renewed his party's call for the Irish government to take an interstate case against the British government over its controversial Legacy Bill which has now become law.
THE Taoiseach has confirmed that two referendums could be held as early as next year on gender equality in the Republic. Earlier this year Minister Simon Coveney said that the Covid pandemic had set dates for other planned referenda back. One referendum that was planned before the coronavirus outbreak was on the plan for people living in Northern Ireland and the Irish diaspora around the world to vote in future Irish Presidential elections. Sinn Féin Senator Niall Ó Donnghaile is eager for the government to set a date for that referendum so that Irish citizens living in the North and overseas can vote during the 2025 Presidential election. “Keep in mind that it is a Programme for Government commitment," he said. "Parties have indicated their support for it and if you go back to 2014 the Constitutional Convention agreed overwhelmingly that the vote should be extended to citizens outside the State, so I suppose in the context of recognising the fall-out of Brexit and ensuring that citizens have rights, citizens have franchise – remember Leo’s famous statement that people in the North would never be left behind again by an Irish government – then I think that it’s time,” he said. The Short Strand man acknowledges that there has been little movement from the government on the issue since Covid.
THE sister of a Lenadoon child killed by a British soldier in 1981 says it’s “disgusting” that a file on her death remains locked until 2064 – a year before files on disgraced Prince Andrew can be opened.
THE VIEW (BBC ONE) isn’t always fascinating, but it was last week. It consisted of an extended interview with Prof. Brendan O’Leary, and then a commentary on what was said by Ben Lowry of The Newsletter, Patricia McBride and Prof Duncan Morrow.
CHILD poverty rates in North and West Belfast ‘remain high’ with figures showing almost 30 per cent of children experiencing poverty and that one-in-five of all children in the North living in poverty.
Twenty five years ago in prehistoric times, before cancel culture, wokeism, social media, a computer controlled society, mobile communication devices, media presenters relationships (who cares?) dominating the news instead of hard news, and the World Wide Web; when romance was alive between people and you were allowed to compliment a member of the opposite sex without having to defend yourself, we had just signed the Belfast Agreement.