Sam McBride Northern Ireland Editor
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Sam McBride is the Northern Ireland Editor of the Belfast Telegraph and the Sunday Independent. His 2019 book Burned: The Inside Story of the Cash-for-Ash Scandal and Northern Ireland’s Secretive New Elite became a Sunday Times and Irish Times bestseller and was shortlisted for the Christopher Ewart-Biggs Memorial Prize. He is a regular presence on radio and television, giving analysis of events which impact on Northern Irish politics and society.

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Belfast Telegraph, Sunday Independent

Focus Areas

  • Northern Ireland

885 Articles
2 months ago
belfasttelegraph.co.uk

NIO advised Brandon Lewis to talk up ‘excellent care’ for first NI Covid patient – despite being ...

The Northern Ireland Office advised the Secretary of State to tell the public that Northern Ireland’s first Covid pat...

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2 months ago
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We were cruel to ban people from mourning the dead during Covid, says emotional Edwin Poots

A deeply emotional Edwin Poots has said the Executive was "cruel" to ban the public from visiting graveyards during C...

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2 months ago
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SF minister admits she knew going to Bobby Storey funeral would undermine Covid effort

A senior Sinn Féin figure has admitted that she knew before attending veteran republican Bobby Storey's funeral that ...

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3 months ago
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Stormont official tried to destroy messages about Sue Gray BBC interview following ‘scary convers...

A BBC interview with Sue Gray where she dismissed claims she was a spy was 'unauthorised' and sparked fury, text mess...

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3 months ago
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Controversial ‘public history’ of the Troubles will be imperfect but has value which the savage d...

To what extent should academics work with government to unearth the secrets of the past? The question is at the heart...

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3 months ago
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With its secrecy stripped away, the rottenness of the Stormont system is being exposed

After just four hearings of the Covid Inquiry in Belfast, already layer after layer of Stormont’s deep secrecy has be...

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3 months ago
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Former head of NI Civil Service did delete messages from two phones – despite telling Covid Inqui...

A former head of the civil service told the Covid inquiry she hadn't deleted any relevant messages from her phone - w...

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3 months ago
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Covid Inquiry: Top Stormont health official voiced concern that death figures were ‘completely mi...

One of Northern Ireland’s most senior medical figures accused the Department of Health (DoH) of “completely misleadin...

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3 months ago
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Stormont emergency plans only kick-started when Covid arrived... too late to have any impact

Stormont only started updating its arrangements for handling a major emergency when that emergency arrived, the forme...

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3 months ago
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Stormont’s shambolic politicking as people died led Chief Medical Officer to despair of ‘dysfunct...

Northern Ireland's chief medical officer referred to Executive ministers as "dysfunctional b******s", it has emerged,...

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3 months ago
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How Orange Order’s plan for a neck tie with crown motif was undone by the Queen

Just a few years before the Troubles began, the Home Office knew so little about the Orange Order that it resorted to...

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3 months ago
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How a stranger’s unexpected words imparted wisdom from beyond the grave

Life’s many coincidences lead us down unexpected paths. One day recently my wife came into the kitchen where I was li...

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