FA Cup RESULTS: Sheffield Wednesday ease past QPR to advance through to FA Cup fifth round, Northampton and Derby set for replay

24 Jan

Sheffield Wednesday issued the perfect response to their thumping defeat at home to Blackburn last weekend, advancing to the fifth round of the FA Cup at QPR’s expense with a 2-1 victory in west London on Friday night. Meanwhile, Wayne Rooney could not inspire Derby to FA Cup victory against Sky Bet League Two Northampton […]

God bless you Seamus and thank you for all your work in helping to bring peace to this country. It’s up to others to get on with it now.

24 Jan

David Kerr was a Special Advisor and Press Secretary to David Trimble when he was First Minister in that period 1998-2001. I’m very sorry to hear of the death of Seamus Mallon tonight. When I worked with David Trimble in the First Minister’s office between 1998-2001, we worked closely with Seamus and his team, in his role as Deputy First Minister. He was a tough, principled and at times incredibly stubborn politician. Negotiating with Seamus took time because he was … Read more

Don’t fall for the EU spin that ceding access to fishing grounds will be the price of a trade deal

24 Jan

All through the Brexit process – at least so far – EU negotiators have proved remarkably successful in dictating the sequencing of talks, deciding what should be discussed and when. It helped that the UK either failed to appreciate the importance of this concession or simply gave in, of course. A less formal but related […]

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Balancing the books and making NI a going concern is in the interest of both ‘communities’…

24 Jan

One of the most fascinating details being discussed this week both north and south in the context of their general election is how to spend money on what is necessary and still remain safely within the tight fiscal space prescribed for them. In Northern Ireland, Finance Minister Conor Murphy has ruled out raising any new money through tuition fees and water rates, whilst at the same time repeating the old Sinn Féin mantra of asking for greater fiscal powers, saying … Read more

Seamus Mallon RIP

24 Jan

The Former Deputy First Minister and Deputy Leader of the SDLP, Seamus Mallon has died at the age of 83. He served as the MP for Newry & Armagh from 1986 to 2005. Speaking about his passing the SDLP Leader, Colum Eastwood said; “Seamus Mallon was a force of nature. “In the darkest days of conflict, when hope was in short supply, Seamus represented the fierce thirst for justice that ran through the SDLP and through communities that had lost … Read more

BBC teams up with Angelina Jolie on news show for younger audiences

24 Jan

Hollywood star Angelina Jolie is working with the BBC on a show for younger audiences that will explain “the stories behind the news” and give teenagers the tools to spot so-called “fake news”. BBC My World aims to “fill a global gap in reliable and trusted information” for teenagers aged 13 and up who rely … Continue reading “BBC teams up with Angelina Jolie on news show for younger audiences”

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Manchester United linked with surprise moves for former Watford striker Odion Ighalo and Leicester City’s Islam Slimani

24 Jan

Manchester United are reportedly plotting surprise moves for two strikers as they look to bolster their forward line this month. According to Sky Sports, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is eyeing former Watford man Odion Ighalo and Leicester City’s Islam Slimani. Ighalo, 30, is currently playing in China for Shanghai Shenhua, while Slimani is on loan at […]

Monte Carlo WRC: Ogier grabs lead from Evans

24 Jan

Six-time WRC Monte Carlo Rally winner Ogier closed in on Evans by topping the first two stages of the afternoon’s three-stage loop, and then on the final stage of the day got ahead of Evans by 1.2 seconds to lead a Toyota 1-2 at the rally’s halfway poi…