Thursday was the third anniversary of Martin McGuinness’ decision to stand down as Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister and close that early chapter in the current, as yet unrealised, normalisation of that society, its relationships with its neighbours, and its neighbours’ relationship with it.
Sat, 11 Jan, 2020
Boris Johnson’s election victory might have one positive impact. His 80-seat, five-year majority means the Tories are not dependent on the DUP and can insist, should they be so moved, that the bickering that has silenced Stormont for three years ends.
Tue, 07 Jan, 2020
Filling political vacuums, more talks at Stormont and calls for security crack-downs are all well and good but the most fitting tribute to the late Lyra McKee would be finally dealing with the underlying causes of her death, suggests
Thu, 02 May, 2019
Just over two years ago, when Democratic Unionist Party leader Arlene Foster said it would be a mistake to allow the local crocodiles to hope that their well-honed appetites might be satisfied because, no matter how much they were given to eat, they would want more she revealed far more than she intended.
Wed, 13 Mar, 2019
A House of Commons vote this week on a bill that aims to lift the total ban on abortion in the North will have encouraged, but probably not surprised, campaigners who want to see the province’s Victorian-era prohibition abolished. The bill, supported by four Conservative government ministers, was backed by 208 MPs and opposed by 123.
Thu, 25 Oct, 2018