Thatcher’s shock admission that UK got it wrong on Irish border in 1921

Posted By: December 30, 2016

Ralph Riegel and Adrian Rutherford. Belfast Telegraph. Friday, December 30, 2016. Thatcher and FitzGerald shake hands on the  Anglo-Irish Agreement Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher told officials from the Republic of Ireland that the UK “got it wrong in 1921” with the Northern Ireland border.A series of extraordinary admissions between Mrs. Thatcher and Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald emerge in previously […]

RHI scandal: Foster told banks scheme was “real opportunity for investors”

Posted By: December 30, 2016

In the letter to banks, Arlene Foster asked them to look  favorably on businesses who wanted to borrow to install RHI systemsDetails of a letter sent by Arlene Foster to the Province’s most senior bankers in the early days of the catastrophic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme show she promoted it as a “real opportunity for consumers and investors.”The scheme – which […]

State to seek automatic EU entry for NI in event of unification

Posted By: December 30, 2016

Germany cited as case for how to deal with North if united Ireland chosen in future pollFiach Kelly. Irish Times. Wednesday, December 28, 2016A referendum on Irish unity is allowed for in the Belfast Agreement.The Government is to push for a commitment that Northern Ireland will be given speedy admittance to the European Union in the event of Irish unity.Sources have said the […]

What if the UK reverses its decision to exit the EU?

Posted By: December 29, 2016

It’s more likely than you think.   Richard Mylles. The New Statesman. Wednesday, December 28, 2016 (Richard Mylles is a political analyst at Absolute Strategy.) Theresa May’s interest is served by keeping Brexit to a series of binary questions in which the alternative to acceding to her will means abandoning Brexit. Will Parliament treat the referendum result as binding though it […]

Will Stormont still be standing in 2017?

Posted By: December 29, 2016

News review of 2016: All eyes on Adams as ‘cash for ash’ row becomes burning issue Gerry Moriarty. Irish Times.Wednesday, December 28, 2016It was a MAD year in Northern Ireland and, come 2017; it could get madder.The acronym is mutually assured destruction – the principle that, during the Cold War, kept the world from a nuclear holocaust and, much less dramatically, kept […]

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