‘Mike Nesbitt may be left feeling that he has been trying to put clothes on an invisible man’ – By Terry Wright

Some faded campaign posters, re-cycled from the Fresh Start election of May 2016 appeared within days of the announcement of the election.  Election literature has been arriving through the letterbox to lie scattered like a packet of spilled jellybeans.  There is more than a passing irony in both situations. Spin and evasive point scoring dominates…

‘Nothing about us without us’ – By John Kyle

On 17th September 1997 David Trimble, flanked by David Ervine and Billy Hutchinson, returned to the George Mitchell talks in the full glare of the world’s media thus rescuing talks which were teetering precariously on the brink of collapse.   This was not the only important contribution that Loyalist parties made to the negotiations which…

‘Getting to the truth for the Victims’ – By Brian Rowan

Bedfordshire Chief Constable Jon Boutcher has described his complex investigation here in Northern Ireland as “a long journey”. Just how long, he is not prepared to say, although it is understood he is not anticipating the five years suggested by some. Boutcher was speaking to the eamonnmallie.com website on a day when the past became…

‘Uncomfortable Truth’ – by Earl Storey

A few years ago I toyed with the idea of going to a coach. A short bout of illness had prompted me to re-evaluate how I wanted my future to develop. Getting the services of a coach seemed like a way to plan some new things ahead – or so I thought! I looked around…

‘Brexit means there can be no parity between Britishness and Irishness in the United Kingdom’s lawful territory’ – By Jamie Bryson

Bertie Ahern the former Irish Prime Minister summed up much of the Nationalist petulance around Brexit in a piece carried in Sunday’s Guardian newspaper. Whilst making no reference to the potential for violent conflict, Mr Ahern did however make reference to the Anglo-Irish Agreement and the Unionist civil unrest associated with same. Many others have…