DUP now drinking in the last chance saloon as high noon beckons

Posted By: December 26, 2016

Whether she likes it or not, Arlene Foster’s future as First Minister of Northern Ireland rests in Sinn Fein’s hands, says Daithi McKayDaithi McKay.Belfast Telegraph.Friday, December 23, 2016 Arlene Foster’s future as First Minister will hang in the balance over Christmas It may be the season of goodwill, but there is very little festive cheer at Stormont. The Speaker […]

Searching for meaning this Christmas

Posted By: December 26, 2016

At heart of Christmas is a story that challenges us when we become engulfed in consumerismIrish Times Editorial. Monday, December 26, 2016Earlier this month, Philip Larkin joined the pantheon of poets when he was honored with his own plaque in Poets’ Corner in Westminster Abbey. The ceremony recognized a poet who had refused all the trappings of establishment life, including a […]

Dumb Brexit means 2016 will go down as the year the Union died

Posted By: December 25, 2016

Iain Macwhirter. Sunday Herald.Scotland. Thursday, December 22, 2016IT’S become a Christmas cliche that 2016 has been a year of revolutions – like the Glorious Revolution of 1688, the continental anti-royal rebellions of 1848, the Russian revolution of 1917, or the French and Czech revolts of 1968. Take your pick. And there is no doubt that from a constitutional point of […]

RHI scandal: Debacle has damaged NI’s name, says UUP man

Posted By: December 25, 2016

“I imagine Arlene Foster will be the shortest-ever serving First Minister that Northern Ireland’s ever had – her legacy is minus £0.6bn, and rising rapidly.” News Letter. Belfast. Saturday, December 24, 2016The Ulster Unionists have hit out over the latest estimate of the cost of the RHI overspend.Steve Aiken, the party’s economy spokesman, said: “I think a 50% increase in […]

When the going gets tough, Arlene Foster gets tougher

Posted By: December 25, 2016

The North’s first minister is a bullish woman in a system that rewards stubbornness – so don’t bet against her, writes Eilis O’HanlonEilis O’Hanlon. Irish Independent. Sunday, December 25, 2016 Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster.  Photo: Niall Carson/PA WirePeace was supposed to bring the Irish people closer together. One effect of the end of the Troubles has, however, […]

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