‘Marching in circles’ – By Jonny Byrne

The recently negotiated Stormont House Deal, which some have labelled ‘an agreement to make an agreement’ was dominated by discussions about welfare reform and the legacy of the past. According to media reports the issue of parading was sidelined, as Unionists were not prepared to enter into discussions while the parading and protest dispute in…

Another wall of shame in Belfast

    As Northern Irelands year of discontent draws to a sombre close, we awoke to the news last Friday that the Department of Justice had requisitioned land from St Matthew’s Church on the Lower Newtownards Road to construct a Peace Fence. Interestingly, the Minister for Justice stressed that this was not a new peace…

What if the Haass talks fail?

    In less than four weeks Dr. Richard Haass, acting independently of any government or institution will begin the unenviable task of chairing the OFMdFM conceived All-Party working group. The group consisting of two nominees from OFMdFM, both Junior Ministers and two representatives from each of the Executive political parties will consider the contentious…