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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: Secret recording reveals Council officials told EBFC to place hub on site

EXCLUSIVE: Secret recording reveals Council officials told EBFC to place hub on site

A recording has emerged which shows Belfast City Council officials advising East Belfast Football Club that all that was required to temporarily place their community hub at the Inveraray site was the agreement of the Parks manager. A spokesperson for the club has said the tape, obtained by Unionist Voice, is ‘damming evidence’ and claimed […]

EDITORIAL: Fatally flawed Communities in Transition report reads like an Alliance party manifesto

EDITORIAL: Fatally flawed Communities in Transition report reads like an Alliance party manifesto

By Jamie Bryson Last week I, with a number of other loyalists and community representatives, attended a public meeting as part of the Communities In Transition (CIT) project. This project flows from the Fresh Start agreement, which was set up in response to an internal Provisional IRA feud which had seen two murders on the […]

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 […]

EXCLUSIVE: Leaked email shows PSNI offered secret deal to the republican Felons club

EXCLUSIVE: Leaked email shows PSNI offered secret deal to the republican Felons club

A leaked document obtained by Unionist Voice shows that the PSNI sought to obtain a simple undertaking from the republican Felons club not to advertise on social media, in exchange for dropping any objections to their clubs registration. A social club has to be registered in line with the Registration of Clubs Order 1996. This […]

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 […]

NEWS: North Down Ulster Young Unionists launched with support of UUP Leader Robin Swann

NEWS: North Down Ulster Young Unionists launched with support of UUP Leader Robin Swann

On Friday 14th September 2018, Ards and North Down Ulster Young Unionists was launched in Londonderry Park, Newtownards to grow support for the union and broaden its base in Ards and North Down through community involvement and outreach. Elected were Chairman Michael Palmer, Secretary Philip Agnew and Treasurer Bethany Ferris. Also in attendance were Ulster […]