Tag Archives: Northern Ireland

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!!

Swuite

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Our friends in the north are now on their journey to revoke their outdated abortion laws.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)

Anyone?

Sacerdotal?

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.’

Gulp.

FIGHT!

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

National Geological Screening for a GDF – Northern Ireland

Thanks Bryan

BBC Northern Ireland reports:

DUP MP Ian Paisley was given a complimentary holiday at a luxury Maldives resort months after advocating on behalf of its government.

BBC Spotlight obtained new evidence which suggested the visit was requested by the Maldivian government and facilitated by the resort owner, who had political links.

The programme examined whether the MP should have declared the trip in 2016.

He said he paid for part of the holiday and the rest was paid for by a friend.

The North Antrim MP did not reveal the identity of this friend. He said the friend was unconnected with his work and has received no benefit as a result of his work.

Paisley faces luxury Maldives holiday questions (BBC Northern Ireland)

Meanwhile…

Eek.

Paisley faces luxury Maldives holiday questions (BBC Northern Ireland)

Previously: There Had Been Rumours

The Irish Border visualised street by street via Google Streetview

How the border looks on Google Streetview.

A fascinating ribbon of rural back roads offering hope, sanctuary and unlicensed diesel.

Keith writes:

A while back you posted an animation we made which visualised the Irish Border from above, well here’s something else I put together which tries to visualise the border on the ground using StreetView at the crossing points.

View the border here

Previously: Land Of Constant Sorrow

Belfast Rapid Transport has named a stop on the Albertbridge Road as ‘Short Strand’. A local DUP MP, Emma Little Pengally  said the name “does not reflect either the area or the history of the area in which the stop is situated” and was “clearly not a Short Strand stop”.

Colm Dore writes:

Amid other matters, like the north east of Ireland being taken out of the EU against the will of the people there, why would the DUP Westminster MP for South Belfast take this interest in the naming of a bus stop in east Belfast?

The name refers to one of the city’s oldest communities. Coincidentally, it is a nationalist community….

DUP MP’s Short Strand Belfast bus stop ‘serious concerns’ – but it’s ‘traditional’ says Translink (Belfast Telegraph)

Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald (right) and Leader of Sinn Féin in the Northern Ireland assembly Michelle O Neill at Dublin Castle during the Eighth Amendment referendum count last month.

Human rights campaigners have lost a UK Supreme Court appeal over the legality of Northern Ireland’s strict abortion law.

But a majority of the seven-strong panel of justices in London expressed the “clear opinion” that the current legislation is “incompatible” with European human rights laws in the cases of fatal foetal abnormality, rape and incest.

Seven Supreme Court justices in London announced their decision this morning…

Human rights campaigners lose UK Supreme Court appeal over legality of NI’s abortion law (RTÉ)

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