Eamonn Mallie, Jeremy Corbyn

‘The moment that Northern Ireland’s young post-conflict visionaries begin to stand up and organise independently, dinosaurs will be the first to die’ – By David Gilmour

  “And the men who hold high places Must be the ones who start To mould a new reality… Philosophers and ploughmen Each must know his part To sow a new mentality…” Rush, Closer To The Heart Labour have awoken from their slumber. A party that has spent the months since the last election lurching…

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‘The reenactment of the funeral of Fenian hero O’Donovan Rossa seen through a Unionist lens’ – by Brian Spencer

‘There is no getting away from the Irish State’s endorsement of historical violence, murder and mayhem.’ What’s a northern Protestant and in-Utero unionist doing asking about and attending commemorations for a revered republican rebel, ferocious Fenian and “progenitor of terrorism”? Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa is the symbolhead of Irish republicanism, synonymous with modern independent Ireland. Born…

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‘Stormont’s Stalemate and Our Doomed Youth’ – By David Gilmour

‘“Do you know what Ireland is?” asked Stephen with cold violence. “Ireland is the old sow that eats her farrow.”’ – James Joyce, Portrait of The Artist as a Young Man Last week, David Cameron’s speech in Birmingham on Monday presented the Government’s counter extremism bill. He declared that to tackle extremism would require the…

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‘Bonfire of the hipsters’ – By Brian Spencer

  In, ‘Get real and love Northern Ireland for what it is warts and all‘ published in the Belfast Telegraph (July 17 2015), Fionola Meredith was sincere and rigorous, but also hilarious. She suggested we forego all criticism of bonfires and unsightly aspects of Belfast, and instead reserve our opprobrium for “Belfast hipsters.” This is…

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‘The Orange hills of Donegal’

I have no connection to the Loyal Orders. I’m not the Green of the Gael, rather very, very pale Orange. I have a Protestant inheritance, Church of Ireland and Presbyterian, which means I watched bonfires, brethren and bands growing up, seeing no ill at all. I’m a Protestant atheist, a cultural Calvinist. This is not…

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A ‘brave heart’ ruffles Westminster’s Right and Left

The internet imploded yesterday in reaction to the powerful maiden speech by Scottish National Party MP Mhairi Black. The riveting speech lashed the “out-of-touch” Tories, austerity and called out for opposition unity with an inept Labour. In quoting her personal hero Tony Benn, she took the opportunity to challenge her fellow MPs to be “signposts”…