“An anti Brexit coalition to fight General Election was worth exploring” – By Colum Eastwood

  In proposing an anti-Brexit coalition I always knew I was potentially throwing seeds on stony ground. The politics of the North has never offered the best environment to grow new ideas and build new coalitions – and so it has proven once more. I remain absolutely convinced that an anti-Brexit coalition was worth exploring. I still think…

Confronting the legacy of conflict: Othering and the Spirit of the Agreement…  By Dr Cathal McManus

 Nineteen years after the signing of the Good Friday Agreement, the political institutions it established in Northern Ireland are once again in crisis.  This stems from Sinn Féin’s decision to resign its position within the Office of First Minister/Deputy First Minister in response to an alleged ‘Cash for Ash’ scandal involving its partner in government the DUP. It quickly became apparent,…

DEAL OR NO DEAL – By Brian Rowan

    Something has to change – and quickly – if Stormont is to survive the political fallout of recent times. Phase two of the talking, which began last Monday, may well have some more structure, but little else. “Too slow, no route to agreement, too much ‘f***ingaboutery’ on process,” was the blunt assessment of…