‘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,…

“I feel grand”

At least Deputy First Minister Martin Mc Guinness MLA, probably using the local idiom to explain that he was feeling fine rather than the dictionary meaning of feeling majestic – although who knows – did not accompany his reply with a royal wave when answering the question put to him by Joanne Dobson MLA. In…

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…

Kyle Paisley on melting DUP/Sinn Fein frostiness

    The importance of political relationships was highlighted this week in Mark Carruther’s interview with Nigel Dodds and Martin McGuinness, when reference was made to the “frostiness” that exists between their respective party’s MEPS – Dianne Dodds and Martina Anderson. Honest men don’t doubt the great difficulty involved in building better relationships, especially in…

‘No end to Sinn Fein abstentionism’ argues David McCann

    Abstentionism has been a long tradition within Irish Republicanism since the 1918 general election when Sinn Fein swept the boards winning a majority of the Irish seats within the House of Commons. The notion of ignoring the Westminster parliament as irrelevant to Irish life was a useful tool for Sinn Fein to differentiate itself…