‘Not knowing your place’ – by Brian John Spencer

In 1921 the founding father of Northern Ireland Edward Carson implored unionist legislators to govern the nascent state with justice and equality for the Catholic minority. Unionists opposed a Dublin parliament because they feared injustice and inequality. In the end the unionist parliament in Belfast disposed of Carson’s dictum, treating Catholics in the very manner…

Brian Friel’s work is for Protestants too

Once again Unionism is found wanting. Papers printed column upon column of solemn praise and affection for the modest man and monumental writer from Omagh, Co. Tyrone and in his later years Donegal. Ireland’s Chekhov, Brian Friel. Nothing of substance came from the highest office in Northern Ireland on the passing of one of the province’s…

Is Unionism incapable of learning? – by Terry Wright

  To look for meaning in difficulties has never been strong within unionism. To focus blindly on what has happened rather than the opportunities presented by what has happened, is not a ready recognisable trait. These are weakness laid bare yet again. They are not the only failings. In a recent interview when asked by…

“I think it takes an awful lot for granted if we are to assume we’ll be even breathing” – Peter Robinson on fickleness of office

Rodney Edwards of the The Impartial Reporter interviewed the First Minister Peter Robinson back in March of this year. The Fermanagh journalist asked the DUP leader if he intended to step down after the next term of the Assembly. Here’s Robinson responded to Edwards: “I don’t think that any of us can answer that and…

Ulster Said Yes, will the rest?

There’s no rural-urban split, no conservative Ireland versus liberal Ireland, said Una Mullally and Fintan O’Toole, just modern, democratic Ireland. Ireland’s equal marriage referendum rolled in on an irresistible wave of optimism, breaking and unleashing euphoria around the island and across the diaspora. It was infectious and invigorating to witness the event. It upended the…