Belfast News Letter Articles

Thomas McElwee’s story is one of lives ruined by hatred

This is a story of some of the unintended consequences of political violence. Published: 17 August 2021 Thomas McElwee from Bellaghy, one of twelve children, was born in November 1957 into a republican and devoutly religious family, and loved machinery, stockcar...

The cruel, dreadful history in Ireland of killing for land

First, I’d like to say that that though I wish him the very best, I’m sorry that Sam McBride is leaving the News Letter to take up an offer he can’t refuse. Published: 10 August 2021 I am proud to write for a newspaper that gives journalists their heads and allows...

So long after Omagh bomb, court ruling gives me hope

It was down memory lane again for me last month about the 1998 Omagh bomb, first with a conversation at a London party with David Trimble and Peter Mandelson, and then with two surprising court judgements in Belfast and Dublin. Published: 3 August 2021 After the three...

Des O’Malley warned Ireland about Sinn Fein populism

Since the death last week of Desmond (Des, Dessie) O’Malley, minister for justice in the Irish government from 1970 to 1973, I’ve been thinking a lot about that period. Published: 27 July 2021 It was a time when I was settled in London, quite often visiting my parents...

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