Five Years to Border Poll??

Have you ever thought about a United Ireland and what that might mean? I am not talking about some version of Four Green Fields or A Nation Once Again in a sing song but what it means in practical terms for you and your family. There is a lot of chat that there could be…

Dept of the Economy with a Brexiteer at the helm

I realise I can’t argue for a Border Poll under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement and just ignore the fact that there is a whole Strand One on local powersharing. I am a cherry picker in many things, but not in my peace agreements. But walking on the sunny side of the street doesn’t mean we don’t…

Brexit Night – Irish Unity Is Our Way Back To EU

Delivered at Carrickcarnon on 31st January 2020 - Brexit Night on behalf of Ireland's Future Ireland’s Future is a collective of voices which is highlighting the harms of Brexit and advocating for the only way back to Europe available to us. The Irish people did not ask to be forcibly occupied by England. The Irish…

Go n’éirí an bóthar

Have you seen the state of Gerry Adams’ hair? Have you seen that picture of him smiling with the caption “I am not now and never have been a member of the Bee Gees”. In his semi-retirement the Big Effort has grown his flowing locks, left the suits behind and, from the look of it,…

Britain’s bad faith undermines internal agreement- again

“Politicians get back to work!” And last week the local parties did what they were told going back to the Assembly on the back of a document produced by the Irish and British governments. A document that spoke to people from across society. Promising language rights, living wages, legislation to deal with legacy, investment in infrastructure, pay awards forhealth and education professionals. There was…

Simon Byrne making a hames of Chief Constable post

I write this column on the 29th anniversary of the murder of Fearghal Caraher from Cullyhana. Mr Caraher had been the victim of systemic harassment by the RUC in the lead in to the Royal Marines shooting him dead. The harassing RUC were based at Crossmaglen Barracks. Sited beside Crossmaglen Rangers GAA club, RUC officers and British army soldiers had to be…

A new decade

We are coming towards the end of the “Decade of Centenaries” and this is where it all gets a bit contested. The Lockout, the Great War, the Easter Rising, were all really important and we all learned so much more about each other’s histories and traditions. We discovered new histories with a far greater interrogation…

Return to Stormont?

You have to be a certain breed to sign up for politics. For our local politicians they will not be thinking solely about the 12thDecember and the count that night and the early hours of the 13th. They will be planning for the negotiations that are coming directly afterwards. And these negotiations are going to be different…

Getting busy for Christmas

This November I have been beset by the lurgy. I have no idea what lurgy actually is but if it means being floored by a combination of coughs, colds, spluttering and addiction to throat lozenges and eventually two sets of antibiotics, then that sums up my condition since Halloween. I have had a missing month.…