Important challenges ahead for nationalism

Posted By: August 17, 2015

Tom Kelly.Irish News (Belfast). Monday, August 17, 2015ON Saturday, along with Senator Thomas Byrne from Fianna Fáil and his challenger in Meath, Sinn Féin’s Darren O’Rourke (later replaced by local SF MLA Chris Hazzard), I took part in an inaugural summer school in Killough.The event was organised by the political editor of this paper, John Manley, and […]

Rights and wrongs of a written constitution

Posted By: August 14, 2015

Brian Garrett. Irish News ( Belfast). Friday , August 15, 2015There is something of a crisis threatening the British constitutional framework. This is the view of Professor Vernon Bogdanor, the distinguished professor of government at King’s College, London.His is not a lone voice. Ever since the electoral clean sweep achieved by the Scottish Nationalist Party in May similar […]

Despite drop in numbers long-term unemployment remains a problem

Posted By: August 13, 2015

Gail Bell. Irish News ( Belfast). Thursday, August 13, 2015THE number of people claiming unemployment related benefits in Northern Ireland fell by 400 in July, continuing a trend seen over the past year, new figures reveal.Revised findings from the latest Labour Market Report show that despite a hike in June, the number of unemployment claimants decreased by 9,400 […]

The time for talking truths has arrived

Posted By: August 12, 2015

Jarlath Kearney.Irish News (Belfast).Wednesday, August 12, 2015 Six weeks ago, I sat near Pat’s Finucane’s family as the frosted skylight ceiling of the Nisi Prius court softly cast a bright downward hue.They listened closely as Mr Justice Stephens once again found the British government in violation of its procedural obligations under Article 2 of the European Convention on Human […]

Wrong to link legacy issues with welfare

Posted By: August 12, 2015

“Still, it’s worth pointing out that her[Theresa Villiers] disengagement is only matched by that of the Irish government and two ministers of foreign affairs who have been Little Sir Echoes since 2011.”   Brian Feeney. Rush News ( Belfast).Wednesday, August 12, 20Interesting little item on BBC Radio 4’s “The World This Weekend” on Sunday. Baroness Nuala […]

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