‘Interests and needs of the public must be put in front of narrow party political self-interests’ – By Nichola Mallon

  Another Talks deadline has come and gone. Warnings of profound consequences ring hollow and political stalemate prevails. Why are we here again? Because the DUP and Sinn Féin are crisis junkies. We lurch from one political crisis to another because the DUP has never accepted the Good Friday Agreement and its principles of power sharing.…

PAYING THE PRICE FOR OUR PEACE… By Brian Rowan 

    When the Northern Irish artist Colin Davidson embarked on his project Silent Testimony he could not have anticipated the remarkable response to this work. He knows now. On show in 2015, it became the most-visited exhibition in the history of the Ulster Museum with more than 80,000 people viewing it. Davidson’s 18 portraits…

STORMONT: IN DEEP DOO-DOO… By Brian Rowan 

  The above thought is the polite way of describing these talks at the Castle. Unless there is some dramatic development in the hours ahead, then another deadline will fall and these negotiations will fail. We are not at that point just yet, but we are very close.     Secretary of State James Brokenshire…

Without a Stormont deal “Sinn Féin’s only relevance in NI politics will be at council level” – by Peter Robinson

  The DUP have passed the test of being responsible political negotiators. Now it is Sinn Fein’s turn to step forward. With Westminster arithmetic falling perfectly into the DUP’s hands there was a striking choice – negotiate for party advantage or negotiate for the people’s advantage. The outcome shows the DUP team chose wisely. They…