‘THE TALKING FROM INSIDE THE TALKS’ – By Brian Rowan

  Week two and this Stormont Castle dialogue is now drilling down into the fine detail of the standoff issues. A breakthrough on legacy is seen as critical to the overall potential of these discussions to deliver a workable deal. The parties now have papers upon which to work and with which to work. –…

‘No Quick Fix in Stormont Crisis’ – By Brian Rowan

That picture pose on the steps of Parliament Buildings yesterday told the story of the day. There is a new spring in the Sinn Fein step.   Within this smiling frame, Gerry Adams and Michelle O’Neill stood at the front. Moments earlier, the party’s northern leader had said a few words – making the point…

‘Getting to the truth for the Victims’ – By Brian Rowan

Bedfordshire Chief Constable Jon Boutcher has described his complex investigation here in Northern Ireland as “a long journey”. Just how long, he is not prepared to say, although it is understood he is not anticipating the five years suggested by some. Boutcher was speaking to the eamonnmallie.com website on a day when the past became…

‘WHERE DID IT ALL GO WRONG?’ By Brian Rowan 

What’s happening? What do you think? What next? In that place we call ‘out there’, there is a mood, an interest, a questioning of politics – an anger; a wanting to know. You hear it in the conversations, those many moments when people stop to talk on the street or walk and talk. They want…

‘GHOST TOWN’ – By Brian Rowan

What a difference a day makes. Think of the focus on Stormont just 24 hours ago – the watching cameras, the listening, the  recording and the writing up of the day’s events. Dramatic, different, some would say, defining. A day when the McGuinness resignation was underscored, emphasised, in the Sinn Fein decision, not to renominate…