“Heart o’Jesus take away these hearts of stone and give us hearts o’ flesh” – Interpreted by Terence Wright

  My knowledge of nationalist involvement in World War One was never as extensive as that of soldiers mainly from the unionist community who served in the 36th Ulster Division. After discovering in my late mother’s family home, war medals and a card bordered in black with a black ribbon and containing a photograph of…

Legacy issues: watching a policing tug of war on dealing with the Past – By Mark Thompson

  Last week Relatives for Justice published it’s submission-response on the consultation draft bill arising from the legacy agreement at Stormont House among the five main political parties and both governments. Our submission was accompanied by video submissions from scores of families affected by all conflict participants outlining why they want the proposals implemented. Notwithstanding…

Sinn Féin definitively rules out forming an Executive with the DUP unless it radically overhauls its policies – By Declan Kearney

  I’ve been wondering lately whether anyone in Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leadership circles actually tries to reflect upon what republicans, nationalists, and other progressive minded citizens think about the current political situation. Do they even care what others think? The evidence suggests not. Several days ago the DUP leader pronounced that her party could…

BEYOND BROKEN- By Brian Rowan 

    Crisis. Leadership issues. Spending issues. Confidence issues. Talk of last chance and of rearranging the furniture. I was watching the teatime football on television on Saturday – that first-half debacle as Newcastle United took the lead, added to it and pushed Mourinho and Manchester United ever closer to some decision on those issues…