Northern Ireland

Lots of Irish questions, but no answers – yet

4 December 2017 14:24

As Theresa May sits down to lunch with Jean-Claude Juncker to try and persuade the EU Commission to give Britain…

What the papers say: The Brexit cynicism is getting predictable

17 August 2017 8:16

‘Here we go again’, says the Sun, which criticises the ‘chorus of doom-mongers’ who pop up whenever the government proposes…

The government’s Brexit Irish border plan is lacking in detail

16 August 2017 8:55

Avoiding a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland is the government’s top aim in Brexit talks. Brussels wants much…

Why fudging Ireland’s Brexit border issue can only mean Troubles ahead

6 August 2017 8:30

The question of what kind of border after Brexit will exist between Northern Ireland and the Republic will, I predict,…

Ireland’s Taoiseach talks tough on Brexit

4 August 2017 17:03

There are three areas on which the EU insists that the Brexit negotiations must make progress on, before proper trade…

The Spectator Podcast: The myth of British decline

6 July 2017 14:21

On this week’s episode, we talk about the myth of the British decline, theTwelfth of July parades in Northern Ireland, and…

James Brokenshire can achieve a NI deal – if he plays the direct rule card

4 July 2017 17:36

Talks to form a new power sharing executive in Belfast have broken down again.  Largely this is because James Brokenshire,…

The Government backs down over Queen’s Speech abortion amendment

29 June 2017 14:57

In the face of a possible rebellion over an amendment to the Queen’s Speech, the Government has backed down. Chancellor…

Why some Tories are deeply worried about the DUP deal

26 June 2017 12:51

The Tory DUP deal has been signed in Downing Street this morning, the text of it is on the government…

Give the DUP a chance

26 June 2017 12:09

A political party barely known outside Northern Ireland now holds the balance of power in Parliament. Nobody saw it coming, but then…

Is the British government about to be held hostage by head-banging biblical fundamentalists?

19 June 2017 13:31

Forgive the inflammatory headline, but that’s the conclusion that millions of Britons have drawn from media descriptions of the DUP.…

More money for Northern Ireland? At least the DUP and Sinn Fein can agree on that

13 June 2017 16:34

Well, Arlene and Theresa have met for negotiations about the DUP/Tory deal that a million people got so exercised about,…

Labour’s abortion stance is the final straw

1 June 2017 15:14

Well, that didn’t last long: in April, I rejoined the Labour Party. Last Sunday, I cancelled my subscription and cut…

Jeremy Corbyn must have been the most secret peacemaker of all

30 May 2017 12:35

I suppose that if you are under thirty, Northern Ireland seems a place far away and it must be difficult to…

Northern Ireland isn’t impressed with Theresa May

15 May 2017 10:30

Theresa May has been continuing her UK-wide tour to convince voters in all corners of the country to back the…

The EU has gifted the Republican cause a blueprint for a united Ireland

3 May 2017 12:39

Theresa May’s awkward dinner date with Jean-Claude Juncker stole the headlines, but there was another Brexit development that passed with much-less…

The general election is a disaster for Northern Ireland

19 April 2017 14:25

There’s little enthusiasm just about anywhere for this summer’s snap general election, and no more so than in Northern Ireland…

Theresa May is right to be troubled about the prospect of Irish reunification

31 March 2017 15:24

Amidst the apparent chaos in the days after the Brexit vote, one important story largely slipped under the radar. Now, the demand…

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…

What the papers say: The perks – and pitfalls – of Brexit

28 March 2017 8:40

The clock is ticking. At 12.30pm tomorrow, Theresa May will be on her feet in the Commons declaring that Article…

Could the anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement help end Stormont’s stasis?

27 March 2017 17:20

You’d think, with Brexit talks starting sometime after Wednesday, that Northern Irish politicians would have something better to do than…

James Brokenshire plays for time in Northern Ireland. Will it work?

27 March 2017 16:52

The Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire is playing for time. In a statement made after the 4pm deadline for forming…

What Martin McGuinness’s eulogisers would like to forget

22 March 2017 11:20

The IRA commander never showed any remorse for the suffering he caused

What the papers say: Why we shouldn’t mourn Martin McGuinness

22 March 2017 9:14

Martin McGuinness’s death has sparked a wave of fawning and fury in the obituaries. So: ‘man of war’, peacemaker or…

The morally illiterate obituaries to Martin McGuinness are just what he would have wanted

22 March 2017 7:34

Well the obituaries for Martin McGuinness are in. And many are as morally illiterate as the man himself could have…