Make sure you’re registered to vote and be able to really “Give Poots the Boot!”

With over 7,500 signatures on the petition calling on NI Health Minister Edwin Poots to resign or be removed, it is worth reminding everyone of another way to kick him out – of the Assembly – by registering to vote and then voting for other parties than the DUP. Continue reading Make sure you’re registered to vote and be able to really “Give Poots the Boot!”

Not in the NI Executive? Got a view on parades, flags, etc? Dr Richard Haass wants to hear from you.

Once again Northern Ireland has a friendly American or two on hand to help us sort out our differences. This time round, however, the parties in the talks will be those which are in the Northern Ireland Executive. As a result, many other organisations, political parties, etc will not be involved directly. Therefore, the Independent Chair and Vice Chair have invited submissions: Ambassador Haass and Dr. O’Sullivan recognise the diversity of opinion and the wide array of individuals and groups in civil society who can make a valuable contribution to this process. They are dedicated to conducting a process that is as inclusive … Continue reading Not in the NI Executive? Got a view on parades, flags, etc? Dr Richard Haass wants to hear from you.

Herbal cures and so on…

Since I started this blog there have been many comments over the years detailing so-called healing by tribal healers and so on from countries around the world. I entered into conversation with one of them but have since become convinced that they are nothing more than the usual scams. So, to all those would-be commenters… if you post something relating to a herbal cure, a faith healer, or some other unlikely would-be cure, it is highly unlikely that I will allow it on my blog. You have been warned. Continue reading Herbal cures and so on…

First Minister wants to ‘move Northern Ireland forward’ – pity his colleague in Health department is set to take us backwards

In October 2012 the High Court in Northern Ireland ruled that the ban on same-sex couples here adopting children is unlawful. The Court of Appeal upheld this decision in June of this year when the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety’s appeal was dismissed. Today we hear that the DUP Minister of Health, Edwin Poots MLA is appealing this decision to the Supreme Court.

Earlier this week the Rt Hon Peter Robinson MP MLA, First Minister of Northern Ireland wrote an opinion piece for the Belfast Telegraph, it is reproduced helpfully on the DUP website. At the top of that page on their site the DUP say that the First Minister

argues that a peaceful future can only be built on mutual respect, tolerance and an unwavering commitment to the rule of law and the democratic process.”

Well I have news for him, the actions of his Executive colleague suggest that the DUP does not like it when the law says one thing and they want to do the opposite. As John O’Doherty from The Rainbow Project says,

It is not the place of the courts to implement the personal prejudices of Ministers.”

Like the President of NUS–USI, Rebecca Hall, I think that this is disgraceful that the Minister is using public money to fund this action.

Does the Minister not accept the ruling of the High Court as well as that of the Court of Appeal? Does he believe that the Northern Ireland government is above the law? Continue reading “First Minister wants to ‘move Northern Ireland forward’ – pity his colleague in Health department is set to take us backwards”