Philip Murphy
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Philip Murphy is a University of Bath student with an interest in politics, both locally, in his native Northern Ireland and further afield. During a year's study/work in France, he followed the Presidential race, contributing to a blog on the campaign trail, culminating in François Hollande's election in May 2012.

A member of the post-Good Friday Agreement electorate in Northern Ireland, Murphy is a strong opponent of the petty, tribal politics which continue to dominate the Northern Irish political landscape. He remains unaffiliated to any political party, whilst supporting peace and equality within the region.

A keen football fan and journalist, Murphy has covered football for various publications within his home country. He has written for the Irish Football Association's official website, matchday programmes and quarterly magazines, often in the form of interviews. He has also scribed on the behalf his local football club, Armagh City FC; penning match reports for local newspapers, contributing through the club's official channels and assisting with other Irish League clubs' publications.

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Adventures in Sectarianism: Stiofan Cairns Takes a Wander Down Sectarian Way

(0) Comments | Posted 28 February 2014 | (12:14)

With French influence, but Northern Irish upbringing and genealogy, Stiofan Cairns' debut book, Adventures in Sectarianism is that of a helpless victim in Northern Ireland's cultural myopia. Cairns wants to resist the natural urges to judge and stereotype his fellow citizens and explore what really happens in the much-feared 'other...

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LAD: What Next for Northern Ireland's New Politics of the People?

(1) Comments | Posted 23 January 2014 | (19:23)

Today, a lone-man protest has provided further ridicule of the campaign to return the Union Flag above Belfast's City Hall. On the same day, Northern Ireland has also learnt of the DUP's decision to force the cancellation of an unseen play which mocks the Bible. Because blasphemy is non-democratic. It's...

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Northern Ireland: Loyalists Against Football?

(15) Comments | Posted 17 February 2013 | (23:00)

It was supposed to be a day to remember in North Belfast. League leaders Cliftonville against Crusaders, their closest challengers and local rivals. A packed Seaview, filled with colleagues, friends and neighbours from across North Belfast's footballing divide, each hoping to secure local bragging rights and a step to the...

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Northern Ireland: Border Poll Is Not the Answer

(0) Comments | Posted 24 January 2013 | (11:43)

This week's announcement of a potential border poll looks set to provide another chapter to the wonderful world of Northern Irish politics. Referenda seem to be the order of the day at the moment with Scottish independence, EU membership and now a Northern Irish border poll on the agenda. But...

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Northern Ireland: Flag Issue Flutters on

(1) Comments | Posted 8 January 2013 | (14:50)

On Monday 3 December 2012, the elected councillors of Belfast City Council voted to fly the union flag on its Belfast City Hall headquarters on 19 designated days, rather than the 365 days policy which had been in place. It may seem like a rather minor amendment to the innocent...

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