Pádraig Belton

How to write the perfect break-up letter

30 March 2017 14:16

Yesterday, Sir Tim Barrow placed into Donald Tusk’s hands the letter giving notice the UK will begin divorce proceedings with…

James Brokenshire is out of his depth as Northern Ireland Secretary

28 March 2017 9:34

There is a saying that whoever the Prime Minister hates, they appoint as Northern Ireland Secretary. James Brokenshire, Theresa May’s unlucky…

Brexit, Ireland and the Trump question

17 March 2017 21:00

We all have our roles.  In the world order which we inhabit, Ireland has one chief international responsibility: each St…

45.7%: How Northern Ireland lost its Unionist majority, and Sinn Féin regained their mojo

4 March 2017 16:39

They were the elections you didn’t hear about, because the UK press mainly instead covered Bruce Forsyth’s chest infection.  But…

Northern Ireland’s political crisis could cause Brexit problems

16 January 2017 17:33

And so there we have it. Shortly after midday in Stormont, Sinn Féin’s Michelle O’Neill declined to nominate a replacement…

There may be trouble ahead for Northern Ireland

10 January 2017 15:40

It now seems obvious that Northern Ireland’s power sharing executive has fallen. Because of the way the country’s devolved government is set…

Apple’s Irish tax bill is bad news for free-market liberals

30 August 2016 16:53

So the European Commission has today released its much-delayed iTax. This time, it’s not an Apple innovation but a ruling…

The Easter Rising centenary shows Ireland more at peace with its past

26 March 2016 9:52

Here in Dublin, Ireland is busy marking 100 years since the Easter Rising of 1916. It is being celebrated, but with…

Shamrocks, green beer and leprechauns – the sheer un-Irishness of St Patrick’s Day

17 March 2016 16:23

March is the cruellest month if you’re Irish and venture out of Ireland, breeding plastic leprechauns from dead Tesco aisles,…

Today’s elections show the way towards Ireland’s new politics. But we aren’t there yet

26 February 2016 12:21

Dublin Ireland goes to the polls today.   The Google Doodle is up, the shadow of history hovers with the 1916…

Remembering Khaled al-Asaad, the Syrian archaeologist who dared to stand up to Isis

20 August 2015 11:07

Erudite and bespectacled, he was the sort of Arab the Islamic State loathed. Khaled al-Asaad, an 81-year old archaeologist, was…

Postcard from Ukraine – meet the artists in exile from the People’s Republic of Donetsk

22 October 2014 10:25

It was Orthodox Trinity Sunday when Luba Michailova received word that separatists would soon occupy the premises of the Donetsk…