Majority opposes Brexit, overall unionist majority at Stormont gone. NI politics in completely new construct – By Brian Rowan 

  The weeks of the summer have changed nothing. There is no new plan. No new thinking. Read the latest statements from British Secretary of State James Brokenshire and Irish Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney after their meeting on Tuesday. Brokenshire’s priority “to see the restoration of the devolved institutions” – his comment that, “Urgent…

‘GHOST HOUSE’ – By Brian Rowan

  That two-word description above was a reference to Stormont – the words chosen by an MLA to describe the corridors of Parliament Buildings that he walked a few days ago. He was chatting on the phone afterwards; a conversation in which there was no suggestion of any likelihood or possibility of an agreement to…

TEA MAKER and PEACEMAKER – By Brian Rowan 

    You listen in the company of Harold Good and you learn. On Tuesday as part of this year’s Féile an Phobail programme of conversations the churchman talked us through some remarkable meetings and moments; stretching from the 1950s right up to recent times. He spoke of his father’s solo-run to meet with a republican…

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…