November Articles

Nationalists do not own the poet Seamus Heaney in the same way that unionists do not own Mary Peters

One reason that I, originally from the southern nationalist tribe, became extremely fond of Ulster Protestants, was that mostly that they say what they mean Published: 22 December 2020 Culturally, my tribe is keen on what’s known as creative ambiguity. I’m not, not...

To spend millions more on murder of Pat Finucane would be insult to many other victims who have had little attention

I’m very relieved that Secretary of State Brandon Lewis did not cave into the pressure from politicians at home and abroad by setting up a public inquiry into the murder of Pat Finucane. Published: 1 December 2020 He has not said there will never be such an inquiry,...

Boris Johnson would be mad to sanction a public inquiry into the murder of Pat Finucane

Published: 26 november 2020 Four of Northern Ireland’s political parties (Sinn Fein, the equally nationalist but anti-violence SDLP, the Greens and the liberal Alliance) have sent a letter to Secretary of State Brandon Lewis calling for a public inquiry into the 1989...

No, Joe Biden’s sentimental attachment to Ireland doesn’t imperil Brexit or the special relationship

Published: 16 November 2020 Is the US-UK relationship imperiled by Joe Biden’s deep affection for Ireland, which is furious with the UK over Brexit? Superficially, at least, Boris Johnson has some reason to be concerned. First, the argument goes, there are those...

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