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Eilis O'Hanlon

Whether it's the ancestral enmity of Catholic and Protestant, or the more recent racist hatred, the message is same: fit in or get out

Eilis O'Hanlon


Just as a job expands to fill the time allotted to complete it, so there's always room for a little more hate in Northern Ireland, says Eilis O'Hanlon

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Barrie Halliday faces charges over a controversial Facebook video

Barrie Halliday faces charges over a controversial Facebook video

Barrie Halliday faces charges over a controversial Facebook video

After another weekend of trouble across the world sparked by the killing of George Floyd in police custody in the US, an expert group advising the Stormont Executive has suggested that Northern Ireland be made a "racism-free zone" in an effort to tackle racial inequality.

At first glance it sounds tokenistic. Slogans won't stop ethnic minority families being hounded out of their homes in Belfast.

That will only happen as part of a genuine collective effort to make Northern Ireland less of a cold house for those who aren't originally from here, and that's so far down the list of priorities up on the Hill that it barely registers.