Majority opposes Brexit, overall unionist majority at Stormont gone. NI politics in completely new construct – By Brian Rowan 

  The weeks of the summer have changed nothing. There is no new plan. No new thinking. Read the latest statements from British Secretary of State James Brokenshire and Irish Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney after their meeting on Tuesday. Brokenshire’s priority “to see the restoration of the devolved institutions” – his comment that, “Urgent…

‘GHOST HOUSE’ – By Brian Rowan

  That two-word description above was a reference to Stormont – the words chosen by an MLA to describe the corridors of Parliament Buildings that he walked a few days ago. He was chatting on the phone afterwards; a conversation in which there was no suggestion of any likelihood or possibility of an agreement to…

After Charlottesville riots imagine removing statues of Queen Victoria, Carson etc in Belfast – By Éamonn Óg McKermott

    General Robert E. Lee is recognised as one of the greatest military strategists in American military history. He is the son of American Revolutionary War hero Henry Lee. He studied at the prestigious West Point Military Academy and went on to distinguish himself during the Mexican-American War. Lee was quite indifferent to politics preceding…

Our Man in Pyongyang – By Éamonn Óg McKermott

    I’ve been lucky enough to live or visit places such as Alexandria, Kathmandu, Phnom Penh, and Beirut, all fantastically beautiful and friendly cities in their own unique way. Even during the Arab Spring the locals in Alexandria maintained their welcoming smiles. Perhaps the most intriguing experience was a whistle stop 72 hours in…

TEA MAKER and PEACEMAKER – By Brian Rowan 

    You listen in the company of Harold Good and you learn. On Tuesday as part of this year’s Féile an Phobail programme of conversations the churchman talked us through some remarkable meetings and moments; stretching from the 1950s right up to recent times. He spoke of his father’s solo-run to meet with a republican…