Rethinking dealing with the past for victims – by Luke Moffett     It seems that despite the breakdown in the all-party talks last year, there is new impetuous to tackle the outstanding contentious issues (see Brian Rowan’s piece). The Haass-O’Sullivan proposals from last year seem to be starting point of this year’s discussions.… Read More


  Same people, same talking, same time of year - By Brian Rowan        There has been no attempt to re-invent the wheel in the latest talks at Stormont – at least not when it comes to the Past. We see that in the detail that has been emerging in recent days. When you… Read More


      It’s that time of the year again when the little poppy, that beautiful flower that toils in fields across Europe and further a-field, in a variety of colours when in bloom is used as a symbol of solemn Remembrance or as a marketing tool for Charities or as a glorifying rallying call… Read More


    Earlier this year 26 relatives of people killed during the conflict travelled to Brussels at the invitation of MEP Martina Anderson. NGOs Relatives for Justice and the Pat Finucane Centre also attended. A series of meetings were organized with MEPs who heard firsthand about each killing and the devastating impact this has had… Read More


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      The Second World War movie has evolved since the star-studded extravaganzas of the 1950s and 60s about deeds of daring do. Sam Peckinpah’s ‘Cross of Iron’ in 1977, Samuel Fuller’s ‘The Big Red One’ in 1980 and Steven Spielberg’s ‘Saving Private Ryan’ in 1998 did not pull their punches in their depictions… Read More


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      There is a phrase my wife and I often use about TV shows, movies and books whose plots go terribly awry. “It’s a bit Scooby Doo,” is our equivalent of “jumping the shark”. ‘Homeland’ and ‘Lost’ are good examples of TV dramas that went a bit Scooby Doo after promising first seasons.… Read More


  We are all going to have to live with the consequences as the immediate financial crisis at Stormont is apparently resolved but is it just another release valve on the pressure cooker that is the nature of politics in Northern Ireland until pressure and tensions rise again? Procrastination on the tougher decisions alongside populist… Read More


    Growing up in a scrupulously indifferent unionist homestead I had to go. The Union was at stake. Sounds like an oxymoron and it surely is – the indifferent aren’t supposed to be passionate – but all I’ve known is I’m Irish and British and I like it that way. I’m an alumnus of… Read More


  (The following address was delivered by Declan Kearney at the Desmond Greaves Summer School). The Good Friday Agreement (GFA) of 1998 represented a framework of principles and political structures that helped embed conflict resolution and the fledgling Irish Peace Process. It opened a democratic road forward and established the political process to resolve the… Read More


    Former aide to Prime Minister Tony Blair, Jonathan Powell thinks that the Peace process is ‘ fragile.’ Current Secretary of State Theresa Villliers is of the view that the NI Assembly risks becoming ‘deadlocked and dysfunctional.’ Not so long ago when addressing assembled Church dignitaries, she acknowledged the difficulty of ensuring that a… Read More


    In recent weeks there has been some political and other commentary regarding the potential cuts to funding for victims and survivors groups, or the inability to continue funding some groups whose Peace III funding contracts have come to an end. For individual victims and survivors there have been cuts to previous support packages… Read More