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The Halls of Narrow Water: A family history, by Bill Hall

Second paragraph of third section of main narrative: On arrival in Ireland, William Hall is believed to have been involved in mining at Red Bay near Carrickfergus  in Co. Antrim and to have died there in 1640.  There were other … Continue reading

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The Sun is Open (and Type Face), by Gail McConnell

Third page: I like to track the winners of the Christopher Ewart-Biggs Memorial Prize because of my own past association with it, and was really interested to see that earlier this month it went to a book of poetry, The … Continue reading

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My TV appearances this month (so far)

BBC Northern Ireland elections special, part 1: BBC elections special, part 2: Second bite: I was in the radio studio for Part 3. Here’s Part 4: And more: And Part 5 the next morning: And finally: And more: Al-Jazeera on … Continue reading

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The Northern Ireland Protocol: or, Now Look What You Made Me Do

It’s been a while since I have written at length about Brexit, but the most recent developments have driven me to put some electrons together on the topic. By way of introduction, I participated in a televised manel discussion on … Continue reading

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Northern Ireland Assembly: final results #AE22

SF 250388 29.0% +1.1% 27 ±0 DUP 184002 21.3% -6.7% 25 -3 Alliance 116681 13.5% +4.5% 17 +9 UUP 96390 11.2% -1.7% 9 -1 SDLP 78237 9.1% -2.9% 8 -4 TUV 65788 7.6% +5.1% 1 ±0 Green 16433 1.9% -0.4% … Continue reading

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Northern Ireland elections today

I’m in Belfast ready to comment on the election results as they come in tomorrow. I think John Taylor, now Lord Kilclooney, caught the mood of anticipation very well last week: We’re seriously in the zone where it is generally … Continue reading

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Belfast, by Kenneth Branagh

A week ago (wow, it’s been such a long week) the British Mission to the EU and the Northern Irish representative office jointly put on a showing of the Kenneth Branagh film Belfast at the Bozar in central Brussels. It … Continue reading

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Northern Ireland Assembly elections 2022: a preview

Northern Ireland elects a new Assembly on 5 May, and as usual I have been crunching some numbers to establish a baseline of expectations – basically the results which would not be surprising, given the current polling which has the … Continue reading

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What Martin McGuinness said about me

It is five years today since Martin McGuinness died.  I met him only a handful of times. He actually spoke about me once in public, as we were waiting for the European Parliament election results in 2014. He did bad … Continue reading

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Border poll – the precedents

There is much discussion in Northern Ireland – and in the Republic – on the conditions for a referendum on whether or not Northern Ireland should stay in the UK, or become part of a united Ireland. I’ve been fairly … Continue reading

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