Twelve months on it is not a red line to state that the days of second class citizenship in the north are over – By Declan Kearney 

      Christmas has rarely provided much of a break for the Sinn Féin leadership. In recent years we have invested heavily in the Haass/O’Sullivan, Stormont House and then Fresh Start talks processes. During the Christmas and new year break of 2016/17 we met continuously to review the political situation in the north, which…

Lifting the Siege: a new Unionism, a new Northern Ireland – By Philip Smith – Ulster Unionist

  A siege mentality. The cliché that for many encompasses the unionist political psyche. Historically all sieges result in relief or defeat for the besieged or occasionally a negotiated settlement. Despite the DUP’s current Tory deal, no-one is likely to come forth to relieve unionism’s siege and defeat is not palatable. So persuasion and negotiation…

“A Rubicon has been crossed in the north: civic nationalism finds its voice” – by Declan Kearney

  A deep anger has been growing within northern nationalism against the denial of rights. It is shared by many other progressive minded citizens. The sneering disrespect of the DUP and other sections of political unionism towards the Irish cultural tradition and nationalist and republican identity in particular has been a lightening rod for that…