Twelve months on it is not a red line to state that the days of second class citizenship in the north are over – By Declan Kearney 

      Christmas has rarely provided much of a break for the Sinn Féin leadership. In recent years we have invested heavily in the Haass/O’Sullivan, Stormont House and then Fresh Start talks processes. During the Christmas and new year break of 2016/17 we met continuously to review the political situation in the north, which…

Lifting the Siege: a new Unionism, a new Northern Ireland – By Philip Smith – Ulster Unionist

  A siege mentality. The cliché that for many encompasses the unionist political psyche. Historically all sieges result in relief or defeat for the besieged or occasionally a negotiated settlement. Despite the DUP’s current Tory deal, no-one is likely to come forth to relieve unionism’s siege and defeat is not palatable. So persuasion and negotiation…