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Patrick Ryan speaking with BBC reporter Jennifer O’Leary

Nelson McCausland: Patrick Ryan is a fanatic for whom human life means nothing, but when did he cease to be a Catholic priest? 

In spite of its title, Spotlight on the Troubles: A Secret History, there was not as much "secret history" as the title suggests. Moreover, the presentation was somewhat disjointed. However, there were some compelling moments and one of those was the interview with Patrick Ryan, the notorious Tipperary-born priest who was an IRA "ambassador" and "had a hand in" some of the worst IRA atrocities.

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.

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