Northern Ireland

This is no time to prosecute the perpetrators of ‘Bloody Sunday’

21 October 2013 17:31

The front-page of yesterday’s Sunday Times carried the news that up to 20 retired members of the British Armed forces…

The BBC’s bias on abortion in Northern Ireland is breathtaking

12 October 2013 10:12

The establishment has a target in its sights; you can always tell from the tone of the Today programme. In…

Tory MP wins the Game of Thrones

30 September 2013 13:06

There can only be one winner when you play the Game of Thrones. Any fan will tell you that. The…

Must read: Jenny McCartney on Seamus Heaney and Ulster’s divide

6 September 2013 9:00

If you haven’t already done so, I urge you to read Jenny McCartney’s piece in this week’s issue of the…

Ulster’s Orangemen show that Britain can do internecine vindictiveness too

11 July 2013 10:23

This all looks terribly good fun, don’t you think? Spectacular towers which will make wonderful bonfires: it must have taken…

Will David Cameron grant Northern Ireland control of corporation tax? - Spectator Blogs

29 October 2012 8:53

Monday morning in dreich late October. What more appropriate moment to ponder the questions of corporation tax and Northern Ireland?…

Is Gordon Brown a Scottish Nationalist?

12 August 2012 9:06

In 1997 the Labour government tampered with the UK constitution. They then vetoed anyone reading the minutes of the cabinet…

We can’t just bury Bloody Sunday

20 July 2012 18:00

I have a piece in today’s Wall Street Journal about the case for prosecuting certain of the Bloody Sunday soldiers.…

4 years to bury the ghosts of Bloody Sunday?

5 July 2012 22:45

It has just been announced that the police are going to launch an investigation into the Bloody Sunday deaths. It…

A question for Martin McGuinness

27 June 2012 13:30

‘God speed’ was apparently what Martin McGuinness said to the Queen when they met a short time ago. I wonder…

Department of Probability: Fornication Desk

19 April 2012 15:40

We are indebted to Michelle Mulherin, Fine Gael TD for Mayo, for offering this gem during a Dail debate on…

Liberal Unionism? In Ulster? Why Not?

15 March 2012 18:42

On balance, theGood Friday Agreement was (forgive me) a Good Thing. It should be possible to welcome the Agreement yet…

The private sector must be revived in Northern Ireland

27 February 2012 20:36

One quirk of the welfare reform debate is that many of the reforms won’t automatically apply in one of the…

The forgotten victims of the Troubles

22 February 2012 17:44

This post, marking the 40th anniversary of the Aldershot bombing, was published earlier on the Biteback website. But as its…

No, Martin McGuinness is Not a Fit and Proper Person.

28 September 2011 16:03

Since I’ve always thought Shaun Woodward a nasty little toad it’s reassuring to discover the man will do nothing to…

No paramilitary link to last night’s riots in East Belfast

2 July 2011 14:43

The PSNI is clear that last night’s riots on Castlereagh Street, East Belfast, were not linked to sectarian paramilitary activity.…

Ancient hatreds mask Stormont’s current challenge

24 June 2011 11:11

Ignore the antediluvian hatreds for a moment. As Anne Dawson says, the recent violence in East Belfast was largely inspired…

Why Belfast is ablaze

23 June 2011 10:59

I live three miles away from where the rioting was happening in East Belfast last night, and heard the helicopters…

From the archives: The Good Friday Agreement

20 May 2011 17:49

On Sunday, it will be thirteen years to the day since the people of Northern Ireland voted in a referendum…

When Dublin trembled

17 May 2011 18:00

On 17 May 1974 — 37 years ago today — I was a 19-year-old student at Trinity College Dublin, celebrating…