The growth of Sinn Féin & subversive forces – by Colm Dore

    As Sinn Féin grows in popularity in the South, a subversive element is increasingly revealed, but not one that SF’s detractors have in mind. In the wake of the local and European elections, Colm Keena, in ‘The Irish Times’ (June 11th), warns that it is ‘a great risk’ to believe Gerry Adams’s ‘stated allegiance…

Unionism and modernity – by Colm Dore

    Unionism was founded on, and remains dominated by, fear of the Other, inextricably linked with regard of the Other as inferior. That is incompatible with modern discourse, and, by ‘modern’, I largely mean Enlightenment ideas, hardly cutting edge stuff. ‘Triangulation’ was the term used to describe Bill Clinton putting the GOP on a…

“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…

Is Unionism for Londonderry but not Derry? – by Terry Wright

    As with other places big and small throughout Northern Ireland the streets of Derry/ Londonderry are festooned with election posters for the local and European elections. Large amounts of money and effort have clearly been committed to their design and display. The impact and value of election posters is debateable for they at…

Sinn Fein’s Mitchel McLaughlin warns Governments – ‘Political crisis’ is possible over “reckless behaviour of mainstream Unionist parties”

    I was reflecting on the stalled Haass proposals and the stark warning he issued during evidence to the US Congressional subcommittee of foreign relations. Dr Haass told the hearing that without further progress, division and alienation would increase and the North would no longer be held up as an example of peace-building. Equality…

“Shouting loudest is not politics” – by Terry Wright

    In 1998 political unionism earned an opportunity to build on the leadership it displayed in signing the Belfast Agreement. It has not done so. The Agreement was undeniably problematic and difficult to reconcile with accepted principles of democracy and personal and public morality but it was born from circumstances where democracy and morality…

Stormont Junta: a ‘suspect device’ – by Paul G Stewart

    Coup d’état in Western Europe? Unheard of in modern times: unimaginable and surely not possible? Yet there has been a junta established in a part of Western Europe in recent years: a junta, largely unchallenged and unopposed; an undemocratic situation that if it happened elsewhere in the world would attract sanctions and international…