Local Politics

Bunting suspension won’t stop far-right

Bunting suspension won’t stop far-right

Jolene Bunting has been suspended from her position on Belfast City Council for 4 months while an investigation is carried out into a number of complaints against her. A statement from the Commissioner for Standards said there was evidence that Bunting had failed to comply with the council’s code of conduct and that her conduct was likely to have brought the council into disrepute.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 07-11-2017: The Independent Public Inquiry into the Non Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) Scheme started on Tuesday 7 November 2017 in the Senate Chamber, Parliament Buildings, Stormont Estate, Belfast. The InquiryÕs Chairman, the Right Honourable Sir Patrick Coghlin, commenced proceedings with a short opening address. Mr David Scoffield QC, Senior Counsel to the Inquiry, will then begin his opening statement which is expected to continue for most of the week.
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RHI inquiry throws light on Stormont’s rotten culture

Allegations are flying about who was responsible and who knew what in regards to the Renewable Heating Incentive scheme (RHI), which saw businesses like the Ferrari showroom in Belfast being kept cosy at a profit using public funds. A brother and two cousins of former DUP special advisor Andrew Crawford acquired 11 boilers under RHI. Crawford admitted sending a confidential document on the scheme to a cousin. This has rightfully provoked a huge outpouring of anger, aimed at the DUP in particular, who looked to be tied to the schemes implementation.

Pro-choice tide sweeps forwards

Pro-choice tide sweeps forwards

After a landslide vote of just under 67% to repeal the constitutional abortion ban on 25th May, on 18th September, the eighth amendment was formally repealed in the South, after all appeals made seeking to the challenge the referendum result were dismissed.

Loughinisland journalists arrested for exposing collusion

Loughinisland journalists arrested for exposing collusion

In the quest for truth, however, we believe it is necessary to look to the forces which in the course of the Troubles can genuinely lay claim to standing against sectarian division and violence – that is the labour and trade union movement, particularly its rank-and-file activists. It is this force today, alongside a new generation of young people who want to fight for equality, that can provide the basis for a different future. Part of their task will be to bring to light the reality of the Troubles and seek to provide justice for its victims.

Why I joined the Socialist Party

For someone who did not grow up with Marx in the household, the road to joining a socialist party is not straight and easy like a motorway. Instead it is a meandering and confusing country path, involving many twists and turns.

Far-right on the march: Threat to minorities and the left

Far-right on the march: Threat to minorities and the left

The far-right ape and are emboldened by the racism and bigotry being pumped out by Trump. They will also feel their bigotry is given credence by racism from establishment figures, like Boris Johnson describing women who wear burqas as looking “like letter boxes.”

Tyrone organises against toxic mining industry

Tyrone organises against toxic mining industry

Eighty people attended a hastily-organised public meeting to oppose the threat to Omagh and district’s water supply from exploratory drilling for minerals taking place 150 metres from the main reservoir at Glenhordial, above the town. A Glenhordial resident organised the meeting in a yoga studio. The campaign has adopted the name ‘CAMIO’ – ‘Cooperate Against Mining in Omagh’.

Fermanagh Save Our Services vigilant against further cuts

Fermanagh Save Our Services vigilant against further cuts

The latest threat appears to have been pushed back for now but in the course of events, FSOS established a research group to map all the clinics lost over past years from SWAH. The campaign to defend NHS services in Fermanagh continues.