BOYLAN’S BRUISED BY BYRNE
PROFILE: RICHARD BARRETT
OLD MCGARRY’S ‘CLICK FARM’
A mark of how extraordinary this political moment is can be seen in just how quickly the DUP’s opposition to abortion has withered.
Just weeks ago in the Belfast Telegraph, Arlene Foster wrote that her party’s positions remains “resolute and unchanged”. The substance of the opinion piece meanwhile only underlined how the DUP, under her own leadership, have boxed themselves into too many corners: the reliance on a Westminster parliament, the stand off at Stormont, the contradictions in its own à la carte attitude to devolution and how the Brexit referendum, which her party supported, has since bulldozed all other issues in its wake.
THE GOD FIGHT
PHYSICIANS HELP THYSELVES
COVENEY ‘SUPPORT’ FOR PALESTINE
DUBLIN TOWN’S TASK
RYANAIR’S BOTTOM LINE BOOSTED BY BOEING’S BAD NEWS
MAIL’S (FE)MALE ‘ETHOS’
JUDGE GEARTY’S VIEW
PROFILE: NOEL GREALISH
A PRECURSOR to the ‘pressure’ from the UDA on the Ulster Unionist Party to give the DUP a free run in the Westminster election in North Belfast came just a few weeks earlier. A UDA activist, closely linked to various loyalist activities, was consulted by senior DUP figures over Boris Johnson’s Brexit strategy and a joint unionist response to the ‘crisis’.
Just over a month ago, Arlene Foster and other leading DUP members met with various UDA leaders, including former UDA man Matt Kincaid. In the run up to the fake 1992 prosecution that effectively secured the quick release from custody of UDA boss and British agent Brian Nelson, Kincaid was one of a number of UDA figures convicted of possession of documents likely to be of use to loyalist terrorists.
VOGUE’S IRISH CHAMELEON
KERRY DOG FIGHT
ORLAITH MCBRIDE’S NEW JOB
REVIEW: THE GLOBALIST: PETER SUTHERLAND – JOHN WALSH (WILLIAM COLLINS)
JOHN GORMLEY’S REVENUE HEADACHE
DUP TO HOLD BALANCE AGAIN?
SOLIDARITY WITH RTÉ
WHO IS DISHING THE DIRT IN DUBLIN FINGAL?
RTÉ SPLIT: DEE VS MOYA
NOEL ROCK WALKS ALONE
QUINN DIRECTOR TO STAND FOR FG?
THAT BIG MIRROR SCOOP
As anticipation builds ahead of tonight’s Newsbrands Journalism Awards, it is worth recalling Conor McGregor’s alleged ‘love child’ and the internal wrangling over whether the story should be shortlisted for ‘scoop of the year’.
Goldhawk has previously detailed the fractious debate among showbiz judges regarding the story’s eligibility and a dispute which eventually led to an intervention from Mirror editor, John ‘Jumbo’ Kierans (See The Phoenix 16/10/19).
It is most unfortunate then that last week it emerged that the MMA fighter has been “cleared” of all paternity claims following a DNA test. McGregor is evidentially not alone in his wishes to “move on” either.
For ten months The Mirror has covered every minor twist and turn since the initial scoop in January however last week’s development remains unreported.
RACISM OR FILTHY LUCRE?
THE RECENT debate between Sinn Féin TD Martin Kenny and Ballinamore Community Group spokesman Gordon Hughes on RTÉ’s Claire Byrne Live was respectful and calm, but decidedly cool.
Kenny and his family were in their Ballinamore home when his car, which was parked outside, was torched, with the common assumption being that the attack was a response to his support for asylum seekers in the town.
Doubtless neither Kenny nor anyone else believes that Hughes would have any truck with such an outrage (Hughes condemned it outright). But Hughes is a long-time Fine Gael member and former councillor, as well as an estate agent in Ballinamore, and he would certainly have clocked Kenny’s searing attacks on his local party colleagues days before the arson attack. Speaking in the Dáil, the Sinn Féin TD had expressed some strong views about FG’s performance on asylum seekers and social housing.