Tag Archives: Northern Ireland

Last night.

An 18-year-old man is in a critical condition after a number of stabbings close to a controversial bonfire in Belfast, police said.

Two men, aged 28 and 21, have been arrested following the incidents in the New Lodge area of north Belfast.

The incidents took place near an anti-internment bonfire.

New Lodge bonfire: Arrests after two men stabbed in north Belfast (BBC)


Ah now.

This afternoon.

Assistant Garda Commissioner David Sheahan with Moyagh Murdock, Chief Executive of the Road Safety Authority (RSA)  unveiling a road safety progress review, covering the period January 1 – July 29, 2019… with the visual aid of a Northern-Ireland-may-not-even-exist-for-all-we-care map.

*shakes fist*

Leah Farrell/RollingNews


National Road Policing unit Garda Mark Murphy and actor Conor Creaby this afternoon

This afternoon.

Store Street, Dublin.

The “Mobility App” will also allow individual gardaí to process fixed charge notices, cutting down on back office paperwork and allowing gardaí to spend more time in the community…

…The app can also add Eircodes to addresses using secure web services. Some 2,000 individual gardaí are to be designated to use the app by the end of this year.

What could possibly go wrong?

New Garda mobile app ‘will revolutionise roads policing’ (Irish Times)

Leah Farrell/RollingNews

Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson, left, arrives at Stormont House in Belfast this morning


Via The Guardian:

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has sent his most senior EU adviser and Brexit negotiator to Brussels to deliver in person his message that the UK will leave without a deal unless the bloc abolishes the backstop.

David Frost, a former British ambassador to Denmark who was also an adviser to Johnson when he was foreign secretary, is to hold talks with EU officials over the next 48 hours.



Boris Johnson in Northern Ireland for talks over power-sharing deadlock (BBC)

Earlier: Disorder, Disorder

Pic: Getty

 NI Water said the flags were “erected without permission”  at the tower in Rathfriland, County Down following a “break-in” and the issue was reported to police

THE DUP’s Jim Wells has defended flags being placed on a water tower, saying it was “very tastefully done” and those involved have been admired for their “tenacity“.

He said the Union and Northern Ireland flags were erected atop the 110ft structure in Rathfriland to mark the Co Down town hosting a Twelfth parade.

Red, white and blue paint on top of the tower was also “refreshed” for the occasion, the MLA said.

DUP’s Jim Wells says Rathfriland water tower flags ‘very tastefully done (Irish News)

Thanks Colm Dore

The foyer of ‘Swuite’ student accommodation in Grangegorman, Dublin 7 (top)

Ah here.

This afternoon.

Lower Grangegorman, Arran Quay, Dublin 7

Paul Flynn writes

I really didn’t think I could despise the new, expensive student accommodation near me, which is displacing local families and raising average rents, even more.

Coming from the North I find this presentation of the island of Ireland  (above) to our domestic and visiting student body to be unrepresentative, divisive and just downright partitionist, especially in the face of Brexit.

The complex is called Swuite (I know, I see what they did there) but their grasp on spelling doesn’t stop there.

Arranmore Island is now called Aran Island. Loungh Neagh, Monagham, Lacis instead of Laois, Aram Island off Galway. Dougarvan, the river Suit instead of Suir. Give me strength!!


The Randalstown pensioner was ordered to remove the sign by Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council by today.

It was placed on railings outside her home in the mainly nationalist Ashdale estate by her granddaughter Medb Ní Dhúláin….Gleann na Fuinseoige’ is the Irish For Ashdale….

Ms Ní Dhúláin last night stressed that her stance is not political or linked to any other controversies.

Council tells pensioner (85) she faces prosecution over Irish language sign (Irish Times)

Randalstown Irish language sign ‘will not be removed’ (The Irish News)

Thanks Colm Dore

From top: Belfast, London, Glasgow and the Project Arts Centre, Dublin

A year on from Repeal.

Shining a light on the UK Government’s “inaction on reforming Northern Ireland’s abortion law”.

Via Amnesty International Ireland

A giant heart – part of an Amnesty collaboration with Irish artist Maser, who re-worked his ‘Repeal the 8th’ artwork to say ‘Now for Northern Ireland’ – was projected onto the Northern Ireland Office in Westminster, The Mac building in Belfast, the Mary Barbour statue in Glasgow, and the Project Art Centre in Dublin – where the original repeal mural was painted…

Maser sez:

“By consciously making the Repeal artwork copyright free, the public were empowered to take ownership of it, I was a messenger watching from the side lines. With the people’s fierce collective energy, the artwork built huge momentum and spread across the state

Our friends in the north are now on their journey to revoke their outdated abortion laws. I am here to show my alliance, I am your defender.”

Amnesty Ireland International

Last night: Together Again

‘Now for Northern Ireland’ projections across UK and Ireland put spotlight on strict abortion ban, one year since Ireland’s vote to repeal (Amnesty)



Yesterday: In Belfast

This afternoon.

The House of Commons.

“Over 90 per cent of the killings during the Troubles were at the hands of terrorists, every single one of those was a crime

The fewer than 10 per cent that were at the hands of the military and police were not crimes.

They were people acting under orders and under instruction and fulfilling their duty in a dignified and appropriate way.”

UK Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley.

NI secretary: Security force killings ‘not crimes’ (BBC)

A video describing the examination of geology for suitable places to bury nuclear waste in Northern Ireland.

Via Comhlámh:

The UK government has published details on its ongoing investigations into siting nuclear waste dumps in Northern Ireland.

In its examination, Northern Ireland is divided up into 4 sub regions. The website states that in Sub-region 2 (pictured centre):

‘Our work shows that we may find a suitable geological setting for a GDF in a small part of this subregion.

Rock can be seen at the surface in some of this subregion such as sea cliffs, inland cliffs in the Mourne Mountains and the Ring of Gullion and in man-made excavations such as quarries or road cuttings.

Combined with some deep boreholes and geophysical investigations, this gives us an understanding of the rocks present and their distribution

There are various types of gaps in our understanding of geology and we deal with these gaps in a number of ways.

There are granites and similar strong rocks around Newry, in which we may be able to site a GDF.’



UK Government releases studies on siting GDF nuclear waste dumps in Northern Ireland (Comhlámh)

National Geological Screening for a GDF – Northern Ireland

Thanks Bryan