STORMONT TALKS: DECISION TIME – By Brian Rowan

  When the party leaders and governments meet in roundtable session on Monday, it will be close to decision time; what to do with this negotiation in the here and now? They are now talking to a consolidated document; a summary or compilation of facilitators’ papers from the various working strands of these talks. The trenches…

The ‘Sindo’ and Themselves Alone– By Patricia MacBride

Dr Ciara Kelly’s article in the Sunday Independent on 16th June: “Don’t let the old Diaspora shape our Ireland” starts from the premise that “our Ireland” is constructed entirely of Irish-born citizens resident in the 26 counties of the Republic of Ireland. The Sindo’s article is certainly brimming with  a sense of birthright, but only the birthright…

With rights holders already losing about 15-0, will the two governments step up to their own responsibilities in the talks? – By Daniel Holder

As the talks on the restoration of power-sharing have ‘intensified’, the most unhelpful zero-sum prism for measuring any outcomes is the notion that any one party’s ‘demands’ cannot be seen to prevail over others. Not only does this distract from the merits of each issue, but it also presents the status quo as some sort of level…