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Editorial: East Belfast ‘hub’ row exposes the institutionalised sectarianism directed at the unionist community

Editorial: East Belfast ‘hub’ row exposes the institutionalised sectarianism directed at the unionist community

By Jamie Bryson   “Horrified”. That is how Labour MP Kate Hoey described the news of masked contractors invading a community sports facility in East Belfast to tear down a self-funded hub, designed to provide education and mental health provision for young people, many of whom come from areas of social deprivation. That was bad […]

EXCLUSIVE: Belfast City Council staff ordered to remove Britain’s Got Talent posters 🇬🇧

EXCLUSIVE: Belfast City Council staff ordered to remove Britain’s Got Talent posters 🇬🇧

By Jamie Bryson @JamieBrysonCPNI A leaked email, exclusively obtained and published by Unionist Voice, shows that council officer John Nelson ordered staff members across the council’s community centres to remove posters advertising Britain’s Got Talent auditions, because they contained a Union flag. Mr Nelson advised that the existence of the Union flag had been “pointed […]

NEWS: Greater Shankill ACT in poignant tribute to those who dedicated their lives to fighting republicanism

NEWS: Greater Shankill ACT in poignant tribute to those who dedicated their lives to fighting republicanism

The Greater Shankill ACT initiative has paid tribute to the men they say “dedicated their lives to fighting republicanism”. The tribute came as they unveiled a temporary garden of remembrance at Lawnbrook Avenue in Belfast’s Shankill area. The display paid tribute to combatants who had engaged in the more recent armed conflict, and despite predictable […]

NEWS: Door Supervisors come together to challenge outrageous SIA harassment and tell a zealous official- you Sir, are not Batman

NEWS: Door Supervisors come together to challenge outrageous SIA harassment and tell a zealous official- you Sir, are not Batman

In recent months there has been an ongoing, and legally questionable, campaign of harassment waged against a number of licensed premises and individual door supervisors. This has been supported by the PSNI who have allowed the SIA to use their powers under PACE, despite there being no legal basis for such an arrangement. Despite the […]

EXCLUSIVE: Research finds the SIA are abusing legal powers and that 92% of door supervisors they target are Protestant

EXCLUSIVE: Research finds the SIA are abusing legal powers and that 92% of door supervisors they target are Protestant

The SIA is a statutory body corporate whose power is derived from the Private Security Industry Act 2001. A statutory body corporate can only act in accordance with the power given to it by its enabling statute. Despite this basic legal fact, the SIA have been going far beyond their powers. Despite Parliament plainly setting […]

EDITORIAL: Let all crime be rooted out, but let us ensure the process is fair and that the law is applied equally

EDITORIAL: Let all crime be rooted out, but let us ensure the process is fair and that the law is applied equally

Editorial- By Jamie Bryson Let me begin this piece by very clearly summarising the core point, lest anyone- either mistakenly or deliberately- misinterprets the argument being advanced. If there is criminal activity taking place, regardless of whom it is carried out by or from which community it emanates, then the perpetrators should be rooted out […]

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