The Virus of Sexist Tropes

When Michelle O’Neill paused in her answers to the Stormont chamber this week, she reflected heartfelt concerns in these days of uncertainty. Jim Allister, a political point scorer in every weather, had asked her about his constituent, a woman of 32 years with a young child, whose treatment for cancer has been upended as the…

I was terrible at being a kid

I was terrible at being a kid. I was always serious and felt removed. I was rubbish at sport and games. Nowhere was the disadvantage of being too serious and too clumsy more pointed than the playground.   Firstly, I hated swings. It was OK going a bit but then some yahoo, like my beautiful mother would say, “do you want me to…

Plant more trees for our mental health

In all of our conversations about mental health the most wise advice is often overlooked. “Find what helps, appreciate what helps and keep reminding yourself of what helps.” Life’s events can hurt and damage in irreparable ways. After them life is altered and is never the same again. And yet somehow, we can regain a sense of wellbeing, cope…

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…