Northern Ireland

Defiant Tony Blair apologises for collapse of Downey trial, but says On the Runs scheme was necessary

13 January 2015 21:56

Meetings of the Northern Ireland Affairs Select Committee are rarely so popular that they have to book an overspill room,…

Jonathan Powell is wrong – talks with the IRA prolonged the Troubles

13 October 2014 12:20

Jonathan Powell seems to be unavoidable at the moment. Having read his first two books a couple of times I…

Jonathan Powell interview: middle-man to the terrorists says ‘secret talks are necessary’

11 October 2014 19:50

Jonathan Powell is a British diplomat who served as Tony Blair’s chief of staff from 1997 to 2007. During this…

Ian Paisley’s private kingdom

12 September 2014 14:54

This is an extract from the The Spectator, 13 August 1982: One summer’s evening, I went for a stroll by…

Why I am voting No

9 September 2014 16:02

Once upon a time, a long while ago, I lived in Dublin. It was a time when everything seemed possible…

After Scotland, whither Britain? Divorce is a costly business.

14 August 2014 17:48

If, like me, you missed Andrew Neil’s BBC programme exploring What the Hell Happens to the United Kingdom if Scotland Votes…

Queen refuses to play Game of Thrones

24 June 2014 12:17

The Queen has visited the set of Game of Thrones in Northern Ireland. Frankly, she did not look that enamoured…

Political euphemism, Ulster-style

23 June 2014 15:38

There was such a cherishable quote from DUP leader Peter Robinson on the occasion of the Queen’s visit to his…

Let Evangelical Protestants be Evangelical Protestants

29 May 2014 10:07

Pastor James McConnell of the Metropolitan Tabernacle in Belfast has gone and done it. He declared in a sermon that:…

It was right to arrest Gerry Adams

5 May 2014 17:54

The release of Gerry Adams felt a bit like the old days. A Unionist protest outside the police station, a…

We should have nothing but contempt for Peter Hain

2 May 2014 16:24

Peter Hain has become a disgrace. Earlier this year it appeared that the Former Northern Ireland Minister was one of…

Gerry Adams’s arrest is astonishing

1 May 2014 11:04

In one sense the arrest of Gerry Adams for questioning in relation to the murder of Jean McConville is not…

Gerry Adams arrested in connection with the murder of Jean McConville

30 April 2014 21:50

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams presented himself to police this evening and was arrested in connection with the murder of…

Truth, lies and Martin McGuinness

15 April 2014 10:35

Melanie McDonagh wrote a piece on Friday objecting to ‘those pundits who find Mr McGuinness’s presence anywhere intolerable.’ As one…

If the sight of Martin McGuinness at state occasions repulses you, blame the Tory Party

11 April 2014 11:31

Well, those who get themselves worked up about the presence of Martin McGuinness around the Royal Family would not have…

Martin McGuinness at Windsor Castle. What an odious sight

9 April 2014 11:53

I know that the official line is delight at the ‘progress’ allegedly represented by the presence of Martin McGuinness, in…

We need to know the truth about Gerry Adams’s alleged involvement in the ‘disappearance’ of Jean McConville

3 April 2014 11:44

Readers will know that I am interested in the subject of post-Good Friday agreement ‘justice’ in Northern Ireland. Having been…

Tweeting the Aurora Borealis

27 February 2014 22:32

Some people have been pointing their cameras at the night sky. The results are rather special: Eoropie in Ness, Isle…

The police’s blunder over John Downey is one thing, the government’s cravenness another

26 February 2014 16:00

So, the IRA terror suspect, John Downey, will now not face a trial for his alleged involvement in the Hyde…

Gerry Adams: still a revolting man and still trying to steal Irish history.

5 December 2013 19:21

I know this is not exactly breaking news but Gerry Adams is a vile man. Since no-one devotes much attention…