08 8 / 2013


Ask me how I feel about Northern Ireland becoming a hip, touristy location.
I’ll tell you. I’M NOT HAPPY.

Do you think NI is trendy?


Ask me how I feel about Northern Ireland becoming a hip, touristy location.

I’ll tell you. I’M NOT HAPPY.

Do you think NI is trendy?

19 7 / 2013


The government has outlined plans to give tax breaks to companies involved in the UK’s nascent shale gas industry.

It has proposed cutting the tax on some of the income generated from producing shale gas - found in underground shale rock formations - from 62% to just 30%.

The plans would make the UK the “most generous” regime for shale gas in the world, the government said.

Considering the ferocity and volume of anti-fracking campaigners, is this about to become one of the most talked about issues in the country?

17 7 / 2013


I am so tired of living in this country. I used to have faith that things were changing for the better, as a new generation with less bitterness and memories of the past came to be we would move forward and be able to see past differences (differences that are so little they barely deserve that word).

I’ve lost faith. Things will never change. People don’t understand that a functioning, consociational democracy does not mean everyone gets their way. It means that sometimes we have to compromise and move on in order to move forward.

I feel like I will still be sitting in 20 years, no longer living in Northern Ireland if my plans take the shape I intend for them to, reading about yet more trouble in little old, set in its ways, Northern Ireland.

It’s not unusual or unjustifiable to feel like some corners of our society are stuck in a cycle. 

But the German politician and writer Goethe said:

“What is not started today is never finished tomorrow.”

And American social activist Bernice Johnson Reagon said:

“Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they’re supposed to help you discover who you are.”

Will the challenge of discovering how to break the cycle be part of building our truly ‘new’ Northern Ireland?

16 7 / 2013

WIMPS report from Belfast Pride 2013

04 7 / 2013

WIMPS from around Northern Ireland were invited by the Fermanagh Trust to take part in a two day G8 Youth conference in the Lough Erne Golf Resort.

During the two days young people from all around Ireland discussed issues young people faced and developed a presentation which will be shown to the G8 Leaders ahead of the Summit in June. WIMPS.tv covered the event.

04 7 / 2013

04 7 / 2013

21 5 / 2013

Short video by WIMPS Central Belfast with interviews from the public on a shared and integrated education.

11 7 / 2012

Pro-Life and Pro-Choice rallies in city centre from wimps.tv on Vimeo.

Pro-Life and Pro-Choice groups held rallies in Belfast city centre last weekend.

On Saturday 7th of July Precious Life, Youth Defence and The Life Institute organized a “Rally for life”.

Meanwhile a pro-choice counter rally was held in front of the City Hall.

A large group of pro-lifers marched through the city to “to keep abortion out of Ireland”.

The counter rally called for abortion rights to be extended to both Northern Ireland and to the Republic of Ireland, two of the last countries in Europe where terminations are illegal.

Abortion is a thorny issue, both socially and politically. The 1967 UK Abortion Act never came into force in Northern Ireland. The 1861 Offences Against the Person Act still applies. Every year more than 1000 women from NI and 4000 from the Republic of Ireland travel to Britain to have abortions. Pro-choice supporters say that women who can’t afford the journey could decide to undergo an unsafe illegal termination.

The pro-choice movement say that this has a serious impact on a woman’s human rights. But the pro-life movement consider the embryo to be a person and sees abortion as a threat to the rights of the unborn.

WIMPS.tv went to both rallies to hear the arguments.

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11 7 / 2012

WIMPS.tv - Paddy Anderson - flamenco guitarist from wimps.tv on Vimeo.

“The more I played flamenco, the more I liked it”, Paddy Anderson, flamenco guitar player.

Paddy Anderson is one of a few flamenco guitar players in NI. He juggles 2 jobs as a guitar player and as part of the staff in a language school in Belfast.

He was a guitar player before fell in love with this specific music style. “I went to Spain, I was living there and the more I played, the more I liked it.” Paddy said.

Every Wednesday he plays in Teatro Restaurant. Watching his show there are couples, old people, young people, tourists… “In my opinion young people are interested in Spanish culture, because it’s where they go on holidays,” he added.

The future for this lover of flamenco is clear, “I will carry on playing”, Paddy concluded.

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