‘Truth that Dare Not Speak its Name’ – By Earl Storey

“One of the roles of leadership is to tell your own people about the way things really are on the ground”. So said the cofounder of a multi million-dollar international company.   Although talking exclusively about business his words could just as easily apply to politics in our own community. Over the years leadership on…

‘THE SHIT KEEPS HITTING THE FAN’ – By Brian Rowan

  In the basement of Parliament Buildings, Wednesday, Jan 18, sitting with a few colleagues watching senior civil servant Dr Andrew McCormick give his evidence to the Public Accounts Committee, I uttered a swear word. It was an exclamation of shock at the detail of what was being said and heard. This committee shovelled deep…

Strong partnership & “strong Unionism” – By Colm Dore…

Some RHI Stormont crisis analysis pessimistically cites the fact that the two main parties don’t share the same constitutional aims, and don’t agree on the name of the place. This can feed false equivalences. Reductive discourse, which says both sides are as bad as each other, can provide political cover for those who are less…

‘GRACE’ by Eamonn Mallie

At one thirty on Monday lunchtime well away from the cameras and the public an enfeebled and emaciated deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness walked into First Minister Arlene Foster’s office and greeted her in a virtual whisper. Mrs Foster rose to her feet, shocked at Mr McGuinness’s disposition, moved towards him, took him in her…