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Ballymurphy Massacre ‘illegitimate and unjustified’, court hears at Inquests

From The Belfast Telegraph

Inquests investigating the 1971 incidents, referred to as the  Ballymurphy Massacre by bereaved relatives, began in Belfast on Monday.

In 2011, Northern Ireland’s Attorney General John Larkin directed  that new inquests be heard after a long campaign by family members who  claimed the original coronial probes were inadequate.

The shootings took place as the Army moved in to republican  strongholds to arrest IRA suspects after the introduction by the  Stormont administration of the controversial policy of internment  without trial.

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Irish E3 visa bill is introduced in Congress - would mean 5,000 US work visas a year

From Irish Central


A bipartisan bill has been drafted in the House of Representatives to allow Ireland access to the E3 visa program which currently allows 10,500 Australians a year to come and work legally in America. Australia takes up about half of their allotment and the new bill would allow the Irish to take the remainder.

The White House is said to be strongly behind the bill which was  negotiated by Irish special envoy John Deasy, a member of parliament for  Waterford and the Department of Foreign Affairs. Deasy was appointed by  Irish leader Leo Varadkar to seek a solution to the lack of access to  America and the undocumented Irish issue. The issue was raised in the  St.Patrick’s Day talks in the White House between Varadkar and President  Trump.

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Let them speak Irish until they are green, white and orange in the face:

From Belfast Telegraph:

 Former First Minister Peter Robinson has said that the Irish language is  "such a small issue" it should not prevent power-sharing institutions  at Stormont from being restored.  


In a wide-ranging talk at Belfast's Methodist Centre on Thursday he  said the DUP not talking directly with its adversaries was "one of the  greatest mistakes," the party had ever made.

Mr Robinson was the latest guest speaker in a series of talks under the title 'The World Around Us'.

His speech, on the subject 'What Lies Ahead?' was detailed at

The former MP and MLA also warned against his party being led by the  "most vociferous voices" and that the confidence and supply deal with  the Tories had a shelf life.

He said that if people want to maintain the union "it is necessary for us to have a stable government in Northern Ireland".

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