I thought Féile was great. Your very own garden centre prod got to meet some ex-prisoners, deep dyed shinners, and got to listen to some fascinating seminars. I thoroughly recommend it to others. You only strengthen your argument by exposing yourself to opposition and anaerobic resistance. It makes you fitter. That’s the problem with… Read More


      (The following is the transcript of the John Hume Lecture given by  Dr.  Maurice Hayes (pictured above) at the MacGill Summer School in Glenties on 20 July 2014 .)   I  Respect for the political process is not helped either by what I would call the paxmanisation of political interviewing in which politicians… Read More


    By August 1969 when the annual Apprentice Boys parade took place in Londonderry, politics and community relations in Northern Ireland were already unstable. The after shock of the events of 5 October 1968, followed by growing and serious political and sectarian violence in Derry and Belfast during January, April and July 1969 did… Read More


Ceasefire statements 1994

  “Sometimes when you’re living through history you don’t see it.” The words above were spoken by the former RTE correspondent Charlie Bird at a Feile an Phobail event last night. We were discussing the ceasefires of 1994 – first the statement from the IRA and then the response from the Combined Loyalist Military Command.… Read More


    If the collective and continuing sigh of relief breathed by the Orange Institution and broader unionism at containing the potential excesses of feral loyalism through their strategy of graduated response is anything to judge by, then the underlying anger and resentment pertaining to the return parade by the Ligoniel lodges of the Orange… Read More


    Simon Cowell. He’s the man whose given us Robson & Jerome, Mr Blobby, Il Divo and One Direction. He’s the man who has also made millions out of so so TV talent shows like ‘X Factor’ and ‘Britain/America/Australia Has Got talent’. And he has done this by becoming a household name with his… Read More


The growth of Sinn Féin & subversive forces – by Colm Dore

    As Sinn Féin grows in popularity in the South, a subversive element is increasingly revealed, but not one that SF’s detractors have in mind. In the wake of the local and European elections, Colm Keena, in ‘The Irish Times’ (June 11th), warns that it is ‘a great risk’ to believe Gerry Adams’s ‘stated allegiance… Read More


"Speak up silent majority" - by David Finegan

  Not in my name – it’s time we heard from the silent majority on political Unionism, parades and the exercise of democracy I wondered about writing this submission. You see I’m part of the much criticised silent majority, the so called liberal hand wringers, and whiners who never get involved and who are so… Read More