Northern Ireland

At least Martin McGuinness made old age. Many others didn’t

20 January 2017 10:43

When Martin McGuinness said he was retiring from politics due to serious illness it gave vent, almost immediately, to the sort of ‘How…

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…

Politics can be sexist, but Arlene Foster was wrong to play the misogyny card

5 January 2017 17:13

Let’s say you’re a rising minister put in charge of the department for enterprise. You have the great idea to…

What the papers say: The trouble with Boris, and McDonald’s Brexit boon

9 December 2016 8:23

Boris Johnson was slapped down by Theresa May yesterday for his comments about Saudi Arabia. And the Foreign Secretary earns…

Tony Blair’s IRA amnesty should also apply to British soldiers

8 December 2016 14:47

This morning’s Sun carries the story that all British soldiers involved in killings in Northern Ireland during the three decades…

Why is this church offering diva pics and videos?

19 November 2016 8:30

In Northern Ireland recently, I sought out the Mass times of the local Church of the Immaculate Conception. Its website…

The troubling logic at the heart of the ‘Gay cake’ ruling

24 October 2016 18:59

My late father was a pottery maker, and very good at it. Question is, if a Northern Protestant had come…

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…

Northern Ireland’s pro-choice lobby couldn’t care less about democracy

30 November 2015 14:08

Well, the High Court in Belfast has driven a coach and horses through Northern Ireland’s abortion law. The Northern Ireland…

John McDonnell’s slick performance on Question Time was worthy of Tony Blair

18 September 2015 12:12

Hats off to John McDonnell. We’ve all been fretting about how the Corbyn gang would cope against the media slick Tories.…

Why are people falling for John McDonnell’s Question Time ‘apology’?

18 September 2015 11:50

John McDonnell’s Question Time ‘apology’ was no such thing and I am amazed to see anybody for fall for it. It…

David Cameron is taking a gamble on the Stormont crisis: will it work?

17 September 2015 16:02

Northern Ireland is in crisis – one anyone familiar with politics here will find eerily familiar. The same faces that…

Peter Robinson’s departure intensifies Northern Ireland’s political crisis

10 September 2015 18:18

The political crisis in Northern Ireland has just become much more serious. Peter Robinson has stepped down as first minister…

Stripping the bark from Jeremy Corbyn will be the easiest campaign in modern political history

21 August 2015 13:06

Lately, I’ve been thinking about Willie Horton and Michael Dukakis. That’s what Jeremy Corbyn’s rise to prominence will do to…

Jeremy Corbyn reunites with his old ‘comrade’ Gerry Adams in Parliament

21 July 2015 18:04

Jeremy Corbyn just can’t help making friends wherever he goes. He previously described Hamas operatives as ‘friends’ and now he…

Keep the cops away from the radical clerics, be they Christian or Muslim

15 July 2015 13:40

If you want to see our grievance-ridden, huckster-driven future, looks to Northern Ireland, which has always been a world leader…

The ‘gay cake’ case highlights a new intolerance developing in Ireland

20 May 2015 10:12

In what sense, precisely, has a bakery in County Antrim contravened discrimination law by refusing to ice a cake with a…

Sinn Féin has begun to think of itself as the ‘Irish Syriza’

9 March 2015 12:14

Imagine a party that’s a cross between the SNP, Syriza and Ukip – one that is anti-establishment and combines the self-regard…

Want to understand the conflict in Ukraine? Compare it to Ireland

11 February 2015 10:03

What seemed this time last year to be a little local difficulty in Ukraine has metastasised to the point where…