Tag: Sam McBride
about 3 hours ago
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Stormont is full of drawn-out unpredictable games so it’s perfect for first Test cricket match in...

I can still remember the frequency: 198 kHz longwave. Lying in bed late at night, Radio 4’s crackly signal came from ...

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1 day ago
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Secret memos told PM ‘quality intelligence' on IRA was 'rarely obtainable’ – contrary to what’s n...

Twelve days after Sir Patrick Mayhew’s appointment as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, he sent a ‘secret and ...

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8 days ago
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The evidence that Belfast schoolgirl Julie Livingstone was hit by baton round fired at a forbidde...

Julie Livingstone should be alive today. She might have now been a mother or a grandmother, spoiling her grandchildre...

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13 days ago
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Starmer's bland answers were designed to tell us little – but he hinted at one significant NI policy

Sir Keir Starmer's six-minute press conference was frustratingly banal – yet this may be what we're getting used to f...

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17 days ago
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What it’s like to be at an election count in Northern Ireland

This is an extract from Uncovered with Sam McBride, a subscriber-only weekly newsletter from the Belfast Telegraph’s ...

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20 days ago
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Naomi Long to appeal judgment striking down law that banned people from saying ‘Jimmy Savile was ...

Naomi Long is planning to use public funds to appeal a High Court judgment which overturned a law that criminalised s...

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24 days ago
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Nationalist parties’ scant mention of Irish unity in manifestos says much about how close they th...

At 11,000 words, the SDLP’s manifesto is almost 10 times the length of Sinn Féin’s.

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25 days ago
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Both main unionist parties call for greater RAF and Royal Navy presence in Northern Ireland to pr...

After reading the manifestos of the two main unionist parties, I didn't expect that the most significant issue of com...

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28 days ago
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Guns are silent now, but ingrained hatreds live on in Northern Ireland

A fortnight ago, I was on my way to play football in a Belfast leisure centre where I’ve played for 15 years when som...

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30 days ago
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Half of TUV manifesto is about Irish Sea border, but it also reproduces key Reform UK policies de...

Manifestos are inherently easier to write for parties which have never been in power.

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about 1 month ago
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Sinn Fein manifesto is a short and not so sweet pamphlet of pure blandness

As someone whose job means I’ve read a lot of party manifestos, Sinn Fein’s is both the shortest and blandest I’ve ev...

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about 1 month ago
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Criminal investigation begins into PSNI anti-corruption officers who claimed thousands for illega...

A criminal investigation into potential corruption by two former PSNI anti-corruption officers has begun almost a yea...

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about 2 months ago
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Insuring my Rolls-Royce in England costs less than for a Ford Fiesta in North Down, says Tim Collins

An Ulster Unionist candidate in one of the party's top target seats has denounced alleged "price-gouging" by insuranc...

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about 2 months ago
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ITV debate showed that damage to Tories' sinking ship is irreparable

Desperately grasping for hope after the Conservatives' dreadful start to the campaign, Rishi Sunak tonight needed to ...

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about 2 months ago
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Would you turn away a man of courage like Saeed Safi, knowing he would face death?

Saeedullah Safi is just 24 but has the heart of a lion. Already in the journalist’s short life he’s been in three exp...

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about 2 months ago
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Belfast filmmaker refuses to say if Iran is paying him as he is ‘special guest’ in Tehran alongsi...

Prominent Belfast filmmaker Sean Murray has refused to say if he is getting money from Iran as he dodged questions on...

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2 months ago
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Police probe into Police Ombudsman was meant to take ‘weeks’ – but is still ongoing after more th...

Northern Ireland’s Police Ombudsman continues to be investigated by police more than six months after Chief Constable...

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2 months ago
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In full: The 1,000+ DUP WhatsApp messages published and then deleted by the Covid Inquiry

Here are the more than 1,000 internal text messages between some of the DUP's most senior figures which were publishe...

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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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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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3 months ago
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It would be a scandal if Jeffrey Donaldson’s trial collapsed due to the justice system’s failure

Sir Jeffrey Donaldson’s trial is a monumental challenge for the criminal justice system in Northern Ireland.

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3 months ago
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Army’s concern at RUC getting a bigger covert operations role

A secret Army paper in 1984 expressed concern the RUC might get more involved in “the mucky end” of intelligence-gath...

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3 months ago
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The Kingsmill massacre: A squeeze of the hand on a cold winter’s night shows hope was always there

Imagine you are driving down a dark country road on a winter evening when you are stopped by armed men blocking the r...

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3 months ago
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Informant was paid equivalent of £55k for info which saw ‘notorious IRA gang’ arrested

The largest single payment to an informant in Northern Ireland during the first 13 years of the Troubles was £15,000 ...

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3 months ago
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Sinn Féin’s track record on housing in Northern Ireland is nothing to write home about

Parties seeking power make extravagant promises. When voters consider a party that has never previously been in a cou...

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3 months ago
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Thefts linked to Belfast missile factory sparked fears loyalists were exporting secrets

A series of thefts linked to a Belfast missile factory caused the intervention of the Ministry of Defence and MI5, pr...

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4 months ago
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Garda officer saved Peter Robinson from being put in handcuffs and carted off to prison

A Garda officer saved Peter Robinson from being handcuffed and taken to Mountjoy Prison after a court appearance rela...

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4 months ago
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Paisley ‘aware of DUP candidates’ paramilitary links’

Almost half of the DUP’s candidates for Newtownabbey Borough Council in 1993 had some links to loyalist paramilitaris...

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4 months ago
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IRA was short of cash after 1994 ceasefire and ‘had no strategy’ to replenish funds

Two months after the first IRA ceasefire in 1994, Britain’s top intelligence unit had evidence the Provos needed mone...

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4 months ago
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Robinson privately briefed NIO and worked to manoeuvre Paisley into talks

Peter Robinson privately briefed the NIO on his desire to re-enter political talks in the early 1990s and worked with...

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4 months ago
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Gavin Robinson the new leader of the Dysfunctional Unionist Party... but deeper power lies elsewhere

In many respects, Gavin Robinson and Jeffrey Donaldson are very different.

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4 months ago
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Michael McDowell could enter the frame as a major player in border poll

The conventional reading of post-partition Irish history emphasises the significance of certain key moments: Bunreach...

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4 months ago
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If St Patrick came to Ireland now, he might not be as welcome as the festivities in his name suggest

Were Saint Patrick to come to Ireland today, he’d be nowhere near as welcome as the festivities in his name suggest. ...

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4 months ago
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PSNI deputy chief constable’s future uncertain as neither of two new employers will say he’s join...

There is confusion over the future of PSNI deputy chief constable Mark Hamilton after neither of the two bodies to wh...

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4 months ago
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AA tears up OAP’s car insurance ‘because he lives in NI’

The AA has cancelled an elderly motorist’s car insurance because he lives in Northern Ireland, but has denied it is p...

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4 months ago
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PSNI Deputy Chief Constable ‘spared discipline months ago’ over unlawful decision

The Policing Board decided three months ago not to discipline PSNI Deputy Chief Constable Mark Hamilton, it has been ...

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4 months ago
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Almost eight years after Brexit vote, we’re still not even in foothills of real debate about a un...

Decades from now, historians might look back and wonder at how little Irish unity campaigners made of their unprecede...

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