Backtracking not Fake News – By Brian Rowan

There is something that just doesn’t add up in the explanation of the decision of the Northern Ireland Office to abandon Wednesday’s planned announcement on legacy next steps. Over the past number of days, the scene had been set; people told to be prepared for an announcement by the Secretary of State Karen Bradley and…

STORMONT TALKS GO UNDER THE RADAR – By Brian Rowan

What a difference a day makes. On Tuesday, Stormont was in the spotlight; the beginning of new negotiations attracting attention from the main news outlets interested in what the governments and the other parties to these talks had to say about this latest salvage operation on the political hill.  It’s an initiative shaped by the…

POLITICS OR WASTELAND? – By Brian Rowan

Will the results of the latest elections here change anything when the talking begins again today? Secretary of State Karen Bradley and Tanaiste Simon Coveney will meet before a lunchtime round table involving all the parties to these talks; new talks on old ground that will decide whether Stormont is to function again or be…

NEW TALKS – OLD GROUND – By Brian Rowan

  The new talks schedule was set out at Stormont on Friday. May 7th will be the starting date for a negotiation sandwiched and squeezed between two elections. By the end of May the governments will review progress. There is also to be a British-Irish intergovernmental conference within 24 hours of the talks commencing, with part…