‘THE TALKING FROM INSIDE THE TALKS’ – By Brian Rowan

  Week two and this Stormont Castle dialogue is now drilling down into the fine detail of the standoff issues. A breakthrough on legacy is seen as critical to the overall potential of these discussions to deliver a workable deal. The parties now have papers upon which to work and with which to work. –…

‘Questions for the Opposition’ – By Colm Dore

This election raises questions for the out-going Executive, but also questions for the out-going Opposition. Much Opposition criticism of the Executive appears to deny the basis upon which the Executive functions. The Executive is based on nurturing a post-conflict relationship between the leaders of the Irish nationalist and Unionist communities. The SDLP say that, with…

‘Mike Nesbitt may be left feeling that he has been trying to put clothes on an invisible man’ – By Terry Wright

Some faded campaign posters, re-cycled from the Fresh Start election of May 2016 appeared within days of the announcement of the election.  Election literature has been arriving through the letterbox to lie scattered like a packet of spilled jellybeans.  There is more than a passing irony in both situations. Spin and evasive point scoring dominates…

‘Getting to the truth for the Victims’ – By Brian Rowan

Bedfordshire Chief Constable Jon Boutcher has described his complex investigation here in Northern Ireland as “a long journey”. Just how long, he is not prepared to say, although it is understood he is not anticipating the five years suggested by some. Boutcher was speaking to the eamonnmallie.com website on a day when the past became…

‘WHERE DID IT ALL GO WRONG?’ By Brian Rowan 

What’s happening? What do you think? What next? In that place we call ‘out there’, there is a mood, an interest, a questioning of politics – an anger; a wanting to know. You hear it in the conversations, those many moments when people stop to talk on the street or walk and talk. They want…