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A continent in need of a vision

It is ironic that the year in which the European Union received arguably its highest accolade, in the shape of the Nobel Peace Prize,  has also seen faith in the European project among citizens and political leaders alike fall to new … Continue reading

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Mild mannered? Us?

A different side to the Green Party was on display at the weekend’s annual conference. Up to now, the Greens have typically been regarded as a ‘nice,’  ‘mild mannered’ party. And while I agree that we should always be positive and … Continue reading

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Welfare reform an attack on the most vulnerable

There isn’t much I can say on the Welfare Reform Bill that has not already been said by Steven Agnew… “My Party is unable to support this Bill as it stands as it is part of a wider economic strategy … Continue reading

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‘Abortion clinic’ hysteria confuses the issue

Please note: the Green Party treats abortion as an issue of individual conscience. Opinions expressed on this page are therefore my own and do not necessarily reflect party policy or the views of any other Green Party member. The media … Continue reading

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Opponents of marriage equality stuck in the past

The defeat of Green MLA Steven Agnew’s Assembly motion in support of equal marriage was disappointing, if not wholly surprising. Unionist members, who voted against the motion virtually as one, must ask themselves if they want a Northern Ireland for all or … Continue reading

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Essential reading for Greens

The latest issue of the Green European Journal is out now. This quarter’s focus is on the transition from crisis to a greener, more equal European economy. The Journal can be found at http://www.greeneuropeanjournal.eu/.

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High levels of fuel poverty not inevitable

Northern Ireland’s fuel poverty strategy was launched in 2004, with the objective of reducing what was then the UK’s highest rate of fuel poverty. At that time, one in three households in the province had to spend more than ten … Continue reading

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Bike hire scheme just one step in the right direction

Public bicycle hire schemes seem to be taking off across Europe and Belfast is somewhat belatedly joining the party. Despite less than cyclist-friendly weather conditions, Belfast City Council’s Ann Doherty today gave an interesting insight into progress on a local … Continue reading

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Campaigning writer inspires at Pride

Patrick Strudwick’s groundbreaking reporting for the Independent helped lift the lid on the dubious practices of ‘therapists’ who claim to be able to ‘cure’ gay people of their homosexuality. This week, the journalist visited Belfast to deliver the annual Amnesty International … Continue reading

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Summer arrives

It seems I picked a good time to be out of Northern Ireland – while I was enjoying Belgium’s hottest day of the year, a friend was witnessing the above scene back in Belfast.

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