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Sinn Fein’s Connolly House headquarters in Belfast

Nelson McCausland: All in all, it was a bad week at the office for Sinn Fein — north and south of the border 

Last week was another bad one for Sinn Fein — and for three main reasons. Former Sinn Fein Finance Minister Mairtin O Muilleoir had to appear before the RHI Inquiry and it exposed something of the inner workings of Sinn Fein. Statements and emails published by the inquiry revealed that O Muilleoir was in close contact with three senior republicans at party  headquarters and would not sign a key document until he had cleared it with one of the three.

Kellie-Jay Keen-Minshull’s ‘transphobic’ billboard was removed from the Labour conference

Nelson McCausland: The weaponising of 'phobia' is just another strategy to avoid debating arguments you can’t hope to win 

During the Labour Party conference in Liverpool, Kellie-Jay Keen-Minshull paid for a billboard poster with the message, “Woman, women, noun, adult human female”. It cost her £700, but the billboard company removed it after LGBT activist Dr Adrian Harrop complained that the billboard represented a “hate group”, was part of a “transphobic campaign” and would make “transgender women” feel unsafe.

Former US President Andrew Jackson

Nelson McCausland: History of Scotch-Irish in US shows unionists have nothing to fear from equality 

We the People ... that is the opening phrase of the preamble to the United States constitution. It is also the title of a recent BBC television programme exploring and explaining the influence of the Scotch-Irish in the making of modern America. The programme was supported by the Ulster-Scots Broadcast Fund (USBF) and, in truth, without the support of that fund it would probably not have been made.

Gerry Adams called equality the 'Trojan horse of the entire republican strategy' to break unionists

Nelson McCausland: Only Project Fact can expose Sinn Fein propaganda about the way it has weaponised equality agenda 

In an unguarded moment in Enniskillen in 2014, when he was addressing a Sinn Fein gathering, Gerry Adams let the cat out of the bag. He described equality as the "Trojan horse of the entire republican strategy" to break unionists. He said: "The point is to actually break these b******s and what’s going to break them is equality. That’s what we need to keep the focus on and that’s the Trojan horse of the entire republican strategy."

Mary McAleese and Linda Ervine.

Nelson McCausland: ‘Women of the Glens’ were Irish nationalists, so why did BBC NI make out they were unionists? 

On Sunday night BBC Two Northern Ireland broadcast an Irish language documentary programme, Mna na nGlinnti, which means ‘Women of the Glens’. I watched it on iPlayer on Monday and was glad that I did so, because the programme lasted a whole hour and, with iPlayer, I was able to watch it in short sections. Those short sections were as much as I could cope with and, even so, at the end of it I was fair scunnered.

Órfhlaith Begley

Nelson McCausland: Tyrone-born republican Joe McGarrity was the IRA's go-between with German regime 

It was the by-election that was started by a tweet and a lack of respect for the victims of IRA terrorism. Now, West Tyrone has a new MP, albeit another abstentionist MP, Orfhlaith Begley. Orfhlaith is one of the new faces of Sinn Fein and the introduction of another young female representative is part of the current Sinn Fein "makeover". The graduates of the Maze, Maghaberry and Armagh are not quite as prominent these days and a prison sentence no longer features among the "desirable" criteria for Sinn Fein candidates.

The seventh president of the United States, Andrew Jackson, who had roots in Ulster

Nelson McCausland: Northern Ireland's cultural establishment is missing a trick when it comes to Ulster Scots achievements 

A delegation from Nashville has been in Belfast as part of the Sister City relationship between the two cities. As part of their visit, there was a reception in the Discover Ulster-Scots Centre in Victoria Street, during which the Ulster-Scots Agency launched a new publication on one of the most famous residents of Nashville, Andrew Jackson, who served as the seventh president of the United States of America, from 1829 to 1837.

Jemma Dolan

The ability of Sinn Fein to recast victim makers as if they were victims is a sign they have no moral compass 

Last Saturday Jemma Dolan, a young Sinn Fein MLA, posted on the party’s Fermanagh and South Tyrone Facebook page some photographs of a small demonstration in the village of Derrylin, close to the border with Co Cavan. These and other photographs were also posted on the McManus, Murphy and Coen Sinn Fein Cumann Facebook page. McManus, Murphy and Coen were all members of the IRA, and the photographs were dominated by pictures of IRA members and depictions of IRA gunmen.

Professor Paddy Hillyard

Why are unionist causes beyond the pale among so-called activist academics at Northern Ireland's two universities? 

The story of the exodus of Protestants from the Cityside in Londonderry is a story of between 12,000 and 15,000 people moving from their homes across the Foyle to the Waterside and beyond. Today, only a few hundred Protestants remain on the Cityside, mainly in the Fountain, while 97% have gone, and most people will acknowledge that it was the result of a sectarian campaign perpetrated by the Provisional IRA.

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