DEAL OR NO DEAL – By Brian Rowan

    Something has to change – and quickly – if Stormont is to survive the political fallout of recent times. Phase two of the talking, which began last Monday, may well have some more structure, but little else. “Too slow, no route to agreement, too much ‘f***ingaboutery’ on process,” was the blunt assessment of…

‘NO ORDINARY DAY IN DERRY’ – By Brian Rowan

It was a remarkable day in Derry – a day of measured words and steps. No ordinary day. A day that if listened to and built upon might even make a difference. Thousands of people wanted to be there; be there for the funeral and the mass for Martin McGuinness – see it, hear it,…

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…

‘THE TALKING FROM INSIDE THE TALKS’ – By Brian Rowan

  Week two and this Stormont Castle dialogue is now drilling down into the fine detail of the standoff issues. A breakthrough on legacy is seen as critical to the overall potential of these discussions to deliver a workable deal. The parties now have papers upon which to work and with which to work. –…

‘Who says the two year limit on prison sentences for Troubles offences excludes the security forces?’ – Asks CAJ’s Daniel Holder

The early release scheme for prisoners convicted of a “scheduled offence,” part of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement, meant that they were all released within two years. Furthermore, the legislation – the Northern Ireland (Sentences) Act 1998 – provided that anyone later convicted for a scheduled offence committed before April 1998 would serve a maximum of…