WE DON’T DO DEADLINES – By Brian Rowan

    Just read the dictionary definition of deadline. ‘A date or time before which something must be completed.’ It is easily understood. But, at Stormont, and in the politics of that place, such strict definitions are ignored. Weeks ago, an observer of the latest talks gave me another description of deadline. He used the…

Confronting the legacy of conflict: Othering and the Spirit of the Agreement…  By Dr Cathal McManus

 Nineteen years after the signing of the Good Friday Agreement, the political institutions it established in Northern Ireland are once again in crisis.  This stems from Sinn Féin’s decision to resign its position within the Office of First Minister/Deputy First Minister in response to an alleged ‘Cash for Ash’ scandal involving its partner in government the DUP. It quickly became apparent,…

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…