Peak Republicanism?

Ever since the Union flag restriction sparked a carnival of reaction and Robinson reversed on the moderate vernacular, destiny swayed with nationalism, it seemed. Nationalists were confident, unionists despondent. All-Ireland Sinn fein was the insurgent and ascendent force across the island, the darling of the polls. But like the polling over-reach on Miliband’s Labour, the…

Why did our party leaders go AWOL? By Eamonn Mallie

This was a curious General Election campaign in Northern Ireland. Curious in the sense that those charged with respective leadership in their parties when called upon, failed to stand up and be counted. In fact most of the leaders went missing. Last night’s BBC – so called ‘leaders’ debate’ gave us only one party leader…

The stridently apathetic, the silently zealous

It’s an intriguing read any time a foreign journalist looks in and writes about Northern Ireland. Even the New York Times can print in error when reporting on the weird DUP/Sinn Fein Ireland. Three years on and top paper-men and women still write of the “Union jack” as though every Union flag in Northern Ireland…