Monthly Archives: October 2013

The past as a moral threat to peace – Professor John Brewer

The past as a moral threat to peace by Professor John Brewer It is frequently said that peace can only be achieved by dealing with the past. But what is the past? The past is a slippery thing. There is … Continue reading

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‘Your pain is our pain. God bless you.’

  By Dr. Dave Magee, community worker and peace activist.  You can follow him on twitter @dgmagee and read his blog here. 28th October 2013 A bunch of flowers in the Shankill memorial garden last week that said from ‘the … Continue reading

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Either we cure democracy’s malaise, or we suffer in its demise

‘Either we cure democracy’s malaise, or we suffer in its demise’ argues Barton Creeth Barton Creeth is a blogger, child poverty activist, graduate of Yale Divinity School, and member of City Church Belfast We must build our democracy on more … Continue reading

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‘What is genuine compromise?’ asks Stephen Cooper, TUV

  ‘What is genuine compromise?’ asks Stephen Cooper, TUV, Comber ‘Intolerance is itself a form of violence and an obstacle to the growth of a true democratic spirit.’ Mahatma Gandhi The central flaw of the current peace process, is the … Continue reading

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“We have it in our power to begin the world over again.” – Paul Hagan Rea

By Paul Hagan Rea Gay Rights Activist; NI21 member; follow him on twitter @paulhaganrea “We have it in our power to begin the world over again.” When Thomas Paine wrote these words in the late eighteenth century he was describing … Continue reading

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Reconciliation is necessary to create a better future – Naomi Long MP

Reconciliation is necessary to create a better future Naomi Long MP Alliance Deputy Leader Over the last few months, Belfast has been a tale not so much of two cities but of one city and two perspectives. Just last month … Continue reading

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Post-peace process politics: challenge and vision

John McCallister MLA Deputy Leader NI21 14/10/2013   The tax break for married couples and those in civil partnerships: good policy or bad? Planning to cap the prices set by the energy companies: good policy or bad? A mansion tax … Continue reading

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Retribution, Truth, Closure, Reconciliation

Martin McGuinness: Deputy First Minister Sinn Féin 10/10/2013 In 1999 the Irish Government proposed an Act of Reconciliation. At the time Presbyterian Minister Terence McCaughey wrote in the Irish Times, “For too long, even yet, the intense obligation to keep … Continue reading

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The way I see it……

  By Jamie Bryson Anti Agreement Loyalist 8/10/2013   There is widely held view among a section of Loyalism that the trajectory of the peace process is at best a Republican state of Northern Ireland within the United Kingdom and … Continue reading

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Extending the vote for Irish President to the north would re-enforce the message that Constitutionalism won

  By Alban Maginness MLA   SDLP Justice Spokesperson and member of the Constitutional Convention 5/10/2013 People living in Northern Ireland should have a legitimate claim to vote in the Irish Presidential elections. This is what I told the Constitutional … Continue reading

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