THE HARD WORK OF PEACE – By Brian Rowan

  Tuesday was one of those days that poses questions and makes us stop and think. The morning news was that Martin McGuinness had died after a short illness, followed by all the headlines and commentary, remembering and reflecting. One piece of news becomes and became another piece of news. In a television studio, I…

A Defining Election by Colm Dore

    The RHI scandal caused this election because it put the spotlight on a politics of superiority which rejects partnership. Arlene Foster rejected her government partner’s offer of assistance to avoid an election. When the UUP and SDLP demanded Foster’s resignation, Martin McGuinness asked her to temporarily step aside. At her campaign launch, Foster stated that acceding to requests from Sinn Fein “is not how I do business”. The DUP has subsequently…

Brute Farce and Ignorance’ by Dave Maley

Well there you have it: in the space of six months, three electorates that did not feel part of a trajectory towards one big happy global family have registered overwhelming protest votes. Three electorates have said an emphatic “No!” to relinquishing isolationist attitudes and embracing a prejudice free future. Of the three, the electoral outcome…

Seeing through a shut eye

  In the 1960s Gerry Fitt, the icon of Northern nationalism, identified the Achilles heel of unionism – its professed devotion to ‘British standards’. These ‘British standards’ of fairness, opportunity and equality didn’t apply to the Catholic minority. As long as this discrepant thread existed and was picked at, the unionist monopoly was doomed. Fitt…

‘The North Began’ declared Eoin MacNeill… Brian John Spencer asks ‘Amidst 1916 celebrations has the South forgotten?’

A torrent of letters, books and articles have discussed the Easter Rising and Ireland at the one hundred year milestone. As a northern protestant* I welcome the breadth of the debate and the courtesy that is afforded the non-orthodox voice. However, much work remains. The northern Catholic is semi-eclipsed, and the northern protestant remains entirely…