Stormont needs much bigger naughty corner

Posted By: May 23, 2016

Tom Kelly. Irish News (Belfast). Monday, May 23, 2016WOULDN’T you know it, opposition parties are like Translink buses you wait and wait and then they come in twos.So now the SDLP has followed the UUP onto the opposition benches at Stormont. They are going to need a much bigger naughty corner to accommodate all the dissenting voices in this next assembly.And hot on […]

We still haven’t resolved the injustices of our past

Posted By: May 23, 2016

Deaglan de Breadun. Irish News (Belfast). Monday, May 23, 2016WHAT makes a great speech? Obviously the words are crucial but the occasion and location can also be important.Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address would not have had the same impact in a meeting of the US Congress instead of at the site of the Civil War battle.Emotion and sincerity are essential: the words […]

DUP’s stance on marriage, abortion may woo Catholic voters

Posted By: May 23, 2016

As Northern Ireland politics normalize parties cannot rely on traditional vote-bank Francis Campbell. Irish Times. Monday, May 23, 2016Francis Campbell is vice-chancellor of St Mary’s University, London, and a former diplomat and British ambassador to the Holy SeeArlene Foster and DUP colleagues speak to the media outside Parliament Buildings in Stormont, Belfast, as parties begin talks to form a new government following the assembly […]

Pól Ó Muirí: Why Catholics just won’t vote unionist

Posted By: May 22, 2016

It is odd that after years of enlightened Unionism so few Catholics see its benefits Pol O Muiri. Irish Times. Saturday, May 21, 2016.DUP Leader Arlene Foster claims she won the election but she only brought her base out – more unionists voted for her unionists than voted for other unionist candidates.‘I won the election,’ said DUP leader, Arlene Foster, after […]

Sinn Féin should call DUP’s bluff

Posted By: May 22, 2016

“The enormous problem is that, in a clear error of judgment, the DUP leader Arlene Foster is on record as ruling out any possibility that the justice ministry could go to Sinn Féin .It is difficult to see how she could maintain such a stance while sharing power with the same party and facilitating Sinn Féin control of any combination of the health, […]

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