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…

‘The Tughans Conundrum’ by Eamonn Mallie

When US company Cerberus emerged as the successful bidder for Nama’s 850 strong portfolio of property loans in Northern Ireland, it appointed Brown Rudnick as one of the legal firms to act for it. That company decided to hook up with Tughans Solicitors, in Belfast. The managing partner of Tughans, Ian Coulter had worked closely…

“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…

The DUP’s Haystack

The problem now for DUP leader Peter Robinson is finding a Health Minister from within his own party ranks who would disagree with Jim Wells’s views on same sex marriage and children being reared by same sex parents and so on. With the exception of Pam Cameron I am not aware of any other DUP MP or Assembly member…

‘Pastorgate’ – a time for sense – by Jane de Courcey

    These have been torrid times for Unionism and Loyalism – vilified around the world and mocked by observers for “our” shameful attitude towards Muslims. Pastor McConnell wielded the shovel and a slew of politicians, most notably Peter Robinson, fell into the hole. Commentators calumnified “hate-filled” Unionists who subscribed to the belief that Islam…

“Peace still feels like conflict” – argues Terry Wright

    After the local and European elections, is Northern Ireland any better off? Nearly 50% of the electorate who opted out of the process probably feel that the answer is no. The turbulent nature of the days since the declaration of the results seems unlikely to render their view unfounded. Bomb scares, a firebomb…

“Being British is about a tradition of shared ideas and values. Not bloodlines” – avows Brian John Spencer

    You know you’ve entered the realm of the absurd when you get a telling-off from Jamie Bryson on electoral politics. Yet more absurd being tagged “monotonous” by a man who has spent the last year spilling monotony about the erosion of British-Protestant values and the appeasement of legitimate, elected politicians. Beyond absurd being labelled intolerant…