‘No Quick Fix in Stormont Crisis’ – By Brian Rowan

That picture pose on the steps of Parliament Buildings yesterday told the story of the day. There is a new spring in the Sinn Fein step.   Within this smiling frame, Gerry Adams and Michelle O’Neill stood at the front. Moments earlier, the party’s northern leader had said a few words – making the point…

‘Conservative/Unionist priority is immunity for those who designed and implemented political/military policies during Troubles’ – By Gerry Kelly

Picture by @AntrimLens Several years ago Sinn Féin set out our view that the most effective truth recovery mechanism was an International Independent Truth Commission set up by a reputable international body such as the United Nations. That remains our view but the British Government have consistently rejected it. Despite that we have engaged with…

‘National Security’ no longer a British argument for not genuinely addressing the Past – by Sinn Fein’s Sean Murray

Over the past number of days British Secretary of State James Brokenshire has been scene setting for potentially another attempt to resolve the outstanding issue of the British government’s imposed veto on disclosure of information to victims’ families. The impasse around this issue ensured that no agreement on legacy was forthcoming at the Fresh Start…

‘HEARING THE OTHER…’ By Brian Rowan 

It was one of those ‘what next?’ conversations – a thinking out about the next phase of the peace process, about what has happened and what still needs to happen. The venue on Monday evening was the Arts and Cultural Centre at Duncairn Avenue in north Belfast – the speakers Declan Kearney of Sinn Fein…

‘Republicans have done a unionism’ argues Brian Spencer

We’re all unionists now. Being a member of a group of nations that pools power and decision-making is all the vogue. For unionists, having a partition between east and west is abominable as partition between north and south, and between Ireland and Europe is, for nationalists. Being Irish and British, British and Irish is, for…

‘Wind the bobbin up Enda, Gerry and Martin and bury all your republican hubris’ – urges Brian Spencer 

”  The Ireland of 2016, the crowning year in this decade of centenaries, has degenerated into a vicious war of words. The leaders of the establishment parties smear Sinn Fein as “gangsters” and a “Mafia”. Adams, the leader of the political insurgency returns fire, calling his republican opponents the equivalent of the northern pejoratives Lundys…

‘It’s the South, stupid’ – by Colm Dore

Might Ms. Villiers’s paramilitary report be an attempt to control the rise of Sinn Fein in the South of Ireland, safe in the knowledge that Peter Robinson is already under control? Most commentary on the report evokes maps of Northern Ireland which depict a six-county island, bounded by cliffs around Armagh and Tyrone. It is…

‘When the storm passes’ – by Colm Dore

The loser in this episode of the peace process will be those who oppose the Belfast Agreement. In July, Stormont was deadlocked, with no end in sight. A political crisis, sparked by political reaction to the murders of Jock Davison and Kevin McGuigan, saw the creation of a confrontation between Her Majesty’s Government and Agreement…

‘Power-sharing, a matter of trust!’ – By Jamie Bryson

The recent political crisis has laid bare the dysfunctional nature of our power-sharing institutions. The DUP have for so long extolled the virtues of the “better deal” they claim to have got for the Unionist people at St Andrews. In reality, it was the Belfast Agreement for slow learners. One ironic moment did arise during…

The Butterfly Effect – By Colm Dore 

  The Bobby Storey arrest episode is “the most destabilising thing to happen to Unionism since partition”. It has supplanted the IRA ceasefire, earning Jim Molyneaux’s famous description of that event. Mike Nesbitt, a nuke in a china shop, recklessly risked the Belfast Agreement for short-term party advantage. He released historical forces which he appears…