Nesbitt a lone voice amid old unionism

Posted By: February 20, 2017

Tom Kelly. Irish New. Belfast. Monday, February 20, 2017 There’s an apocryphal story told about Winston Churchill being awakened one cold winter’s night by a Downing Street aide to be told that a male Conservative MP was caught having a tryst with a naked guardsman in the middle of Hyde Park. Churchill allegedly remarked: “In this weather! It makes you proud to […]

O’Neill’s red line means direct rule looks certain

Posted By: February 18, 2017

Newton Emerson.Irish News.Belfast. Saturday, February 18, 2017 Remarks by Mike Nesbitt about cross-community voting distracted from what should have been the major story of the week. Northern Sinn Féin leader Michelle O’Neill has said her party will not return to the executive with Arlene Foster as first or deputy first minister until the DUP leader has been cleared by the Renewable Heat Incentive […]

Takes Irish language out of political arena

Posted By: February 18, 2017

Patrick Murphy. Irish News. Belfast. Saturday, February 18, 2017The great strength of the demand for an Irish language Act is also its great weakness: no-one knows what it means.However, shared ignorance has not prevented the sectarian strangling of what should be an informed debate on language and society.The argument has arisen because the two nations philosophy in the Good Friday Agreement portrays […]

Ex-minister withdrew claim that Hooded Men’s torture was authorized

Posted By: February 18, 2017

Judgment reserved after 4-day hearing Irish News. Belfast. Saturday, February 18, 2017A FORMER British government minister who alleged predecessors had authorized torture in Northern Ireland later corrected his assessment, the High Court heard yesterday.The claim made by Merlyn Rees in a newly discovered memo is at the center of a legal case taken on behalf of 14 men interned in 1971.But counsel […]


Posted By: February 18, 2017

Brian Hutton. Irish News. Belfast.Saturday, February 18, 2017 A hard border dividing Ireland is inevitable unless a special EU status is secured for Northern Ireland, Gerry Adams has said. At a major Brexit summit, the Sinn Féin president said the Irish government’s refusal to back widespread calls to negotiate a special status is a “grave […]

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