The Dalriada Document -Professor Brendan O’Leary

31 07 2016

Dalriada

 

A very interesting document by political scientist Professor Brendan O’Leary, the following is from the introduction

“This document was written in a cottage very close to Dalriada Avenue in the village of Cushendall in the Glens of Antrim on the north-east coast of Northern Ireland. Across the North Channel the Mull of Kintyre is strikingly visible in good weather. Dál Riata, also known as Dalriada or Dalriata, was an Irish-speaking polity that included parts of western Scotland and northeastern Ireland. The argument advanced here is not a romantic fantasy that wills the resurrection of the ancient polity of Dalriada (or its language); instead the Dalriada Document responds to the fact that the present needs and mandates in historic Ulster and Scotland are in deep danger of being ignored in current political deliberations. What is sketched here is a multinational compromise of potential benefit to the peoples of these islands, and the peoples of the European Union. It respects the preferences democratically expressed in different parts of the two Unions that make up the United Kingdom and those expressed in Gibraltar in 2016, and those expressed in both parts of Ireland in 1998, and in Scotland in 1997 and 2014.”

http://www.centreonconstitutionalchange.ac.uk/sites/default/files/papers/The%20Dalriada%20Document.pdf





WHO IS IN CHARGE AT DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH?

15 11 2014

 

Dal 3SDLP health spokesperson Fearghal McKinney has said the Health Minster needs to explain to the people affected by closures at Dalriada Hospital and elsewhere just who is in charge at the department.

 Mr McKinney, speaking at the SDLP’s Annual Conference 2014, said:

 “The people of Ballycastle aren’t one bit impressed that the Health Minister Jim Wells is saying that he’s worried about the implications to Dalriada. He should be because his words show that he’s not in charge.

 “His Parliamentary Assistant is vowing to the people of Bangor that he’ll find the money to keep its minor injury unit open. But who is in charge? The minister is worried about Dalriada and his assistant is worried about Bangor. I believe the civil servants are in charge and Minister Wells is discovering that he’s nothing more than a bird in a gilded cage when it comes to decision making.

“The public are worried over both decisions. We also know that there is not a plan in place for the future of both, just more cuts. Let the minister announce now that he’ll stop the cuts until there is a proper review.

“Let the minister prove that if he is cutting anything, it will be consistent with a long-term plan to improve our Health Service and return proper services to the community. To do that, the minister needs to clarify just who is in charge at the Department of Health.”