A Defining Election by Colm Dore

    The RHI scandal caused this election because it put the spotlight on a politics of superiority which rejects partnership. Arlene Foster rejected her government partner’s offer of assistance to avoid an election. When the UUP and SDLP demanded Foster’s resignation, Martin McGuinness asked her to temporarily step aside. At her campaign launch, Foster stated that acceding to requests from Sinn Fein “is not how I do business”. The DUP has subsequently…

‘It’s the South, stupid’ – by Colm Dore

Might Ms. Villiers’s paramilitary report be an attempt to control the rise of Sinn Fein in the South of Ireland, safe in the knowledge that Peter Robinson is already under control? Most commentary on the report evokes maps of Northern Ireland which depict a six-county island, bounded by cliffs around Armagh and Tyrone. It is…

‘When the storm passes’ – by Colm Dore

The loser in this episode of the peace process will be those who oppose the Belfast Agreement. In July, Stormont was deadlocked, with no end in sight. A political crisis, sparked by political reaction to the murders of Jock Davison and Kevin McGuigan, saw the creation of a confrontation between Her Majesty’s Government and Agreement…

The Butterfly Effect – By Colm Dore 

  The Bobby Storey arrest episode is “the most destabilising thing to happen to Unionism since partition”. It has supplanted the IRA ceasefire, earning Jim Molyneaux’s famous description of that event. Mike Nesbitt, a nuke in a china shop, recklessly risked the Belfast Agreement for short-term party advantage. He released historical forces which he appears…

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…

Unionism and modernity – by Colm Dore

    Unionism was founded on, and remains dominated by, fear of the Other, inextricably linked with regard of the Other as inferior. That is incompatible with modern discourse, and, by ‘modern’, I largely mean Enlightenment ideas, hardly cutting edge stuff. ‘Triangulation’ was the term used to describe Bill Clinton putting the GOP on a…