‘GHOST TOWN’ – By Brian Rowan

What a difference a day makes. Think of the focus on Stormont just 24 hours ago – the watching cameras, the listening, the  recording and the writing up of the day’s events. Dramatic, different, some would say, defining. A day when the McGuinness resignation was underscored, emphasised, in the Sinn Fein decision, not to renominate…

‘We need to heal together – we need to find truth and accountability together irrespective of where that truth leads’ – by Mark Thompson

Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), The Right to Life, provides for signatories, i.e. governments, to ensure that when life is taken by policing and security agencies within their respective jurisdictions that prompt, robust, effective independent impartial investigation is carried out, the perpetrators identified and where possible prosecuted. This too extends…

Will Stakeknife bring the house down?

By this time next week we should know the shape of the Stakeknife investigation. Already, there has been one delay in the announcement. It had been expected today (Thursday June 2). The waiting is for the new political members of the Policing Board to be in place. Those nominations have now been made: DUP 4…

How right Leon Uris was when he said of Ireland: “There is no future: just history repeating itself.” Brian John Spencer reflects…

George Bernard Shaw portended Northern Ireland as “an autonomous political lunatic asylum”. How right he was. I’m not sure that was the creator’s intention, however. The ideals of Easter 1916 are well known, but the ideals of Edward Carson were just as high; he wanted every Irishman to enjoy the rights and liberties enjoyed by…