Northern Ireland Deserves Better Than This Shambles

Stephen Donnan | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK Politics
Stephen Donnan

For those of you that have been following Stormont Crisis No. 3,876 then you're probably aware of just how nauseatingly boring, drawn out and pathetic...

Time to End the Gay Bans in Northern Ireland

Peter Tatchell | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK Politics
Peter Tatchell

Northern Ireland is the most homophobic region of the UK and one of the most homophobic regions of the EU. This intolerance is stirred primarily by the dominant Democratic Unionist Party, the main political wing of Loyalist protestantism. Its policies on gay issues echo the homophobia of the BNP and European fascist groups. Many Northern Irish people are not homophobic. Even within the DUP, there are members who would not discriminate on the grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity. But senior party figures hold sway and they dictate an anti-gay agenda.

Save Ulster From Obloquy

Brian John Spencer | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

Cartoon by Ian Knox. On May 22 2015 Ireland voted YES. Overwhelming, both as a spectacle and an act, all but one Irish county endorsed the plebiscit...

Jack Sommers

Why Gay Marriage Isn't Coming To *ALL* Of Ireland Any Time Soon

HuffingtonPost.com | Jack Sommers | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK

The Republic of Ireland's vote for gay marriage means Northern Ireland will soon be the only part of the UK and Ireland where it is not allowed. Bu...

Nobody Knew How Welfare Reform Was Resolved, Now Nobody Knows How It's Unravelling in Northern Ireland

Brian John Spencer | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

The Stormont House Agreement materialised on December 23 2015. It was Haass 2.0 striding deep in extra time. The crowd, the press, the bookies saw...

The Union Has Changed, But Northern Ireland Remains Unchanged as the Pork-Barrel Sectarian Principality

Brian John Spencer | Posted 23.11.2014 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

The Union abides. Change is afoot, utterly. Scotland gets more power. England evolves. Wales will do its thing. Change is afoot - Except in Northern Ireland.

The Creed-Crazed Cleric that Backwardised Northern Ireland

Brian John Spencer | Posted 15.11.2014 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

This is a divided, vivisected Northern Ireland. This is the inheritance of Paisleyism, a noxious, nefarous ideology that broke and bankrupted Northern Ireland for decades and which now stands firm against reconciliation and a plurality of views.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: The Great Passport Backlog

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 11.06.2014 | UK Politics

Here are the five things you need to know on Wednesday 11 June 2014... 1) THE GREAT PASSPORT BACKLOG From the Guardian: "The Passport Office'...

A Modest Proposal for Preventing the Adults of Northern Ireland From Wrecking Things for the Children

Brian John Spencer | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

We're stuck in some sort of sick, brutal and dispiriting Cold War stalemate; Paralyzed by mutual recrimination and mistrust and under a constant threat of extra-political exchange. Contrary to what James Joyce said, we're still an "outcast from life's feast."

Stand Up for Northern Ireland's Tahrir Square

Brian John Spencer | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

We don't have a political opposition in Northern Ireland. We have one giant, self-serving, autocratic, aberrant sectarian mill. ...

Northern Ireland's Shame - Not In My Name

Brian John Spencer | Posted 11.10.2013 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

Yes, young people in Northern Ireland aren't truly free. Religiosity and violence has retarded our education system, segregated communities and minds into green and orange, and viciously retarded the economy.

Can NI21 Change The Face of Northern Irish Politics?

Jason A Murdock | Posted 02.09.2013 | UK Politics
Jason A Murdock

For a majority, the so-called political 'silent majority' can be a pretty lonely place sometimes. For anyone with any knowledge of Northern Irish life, it goes without saying that this time of year can be a dire state of affairs...

Question Time Labels Sinn Fein 'IRA' And DUP 'Goodies'

PA/The Huffington Post | Posted 24.05.2013 | UK Politics

The BBC has apologised for a Question Time production gaffe that saw a Stormont minister labelled as being a member of "Sinn Fein/IRA!". Sinn Fein ...

MPs Condemn 'Terrorist Car' Name

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.03.2013 | UK Politics

Is Korean car manufacturer Kia secretly on the side of terrorists? No. Probably not. But MPs have condemned the firm for causing "deep offence" with t...

Belfasts Riots Are an Indictment of the Unionist Ruling Class

Brian John Spencer | Posted 12.03.2013 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

The flag riots are just plain bad for Northern Ireland. Bad for business, bad for foreign investment, bad for community relations, bad for the image of Northern Ireland abroad and bad for the collective future of its people. But I genuinely feel bad for the loyalist rioters.

Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party Attend LGBT Event for First Time

Adam McGibbon | Posted 09.10.2012 | UK Politics
Adam McGibbon

In a move perhaps more unexpected than Marty McGuinness shaking the hand of Queen Lizzie, the Democratic Unionist Party, Northern Ireland's biggest party, sent a representative to an LGBT event for the first time last Tuesday night.

Ian Paisley Ailing To Hospital

PA | Posted 07.04.2012 | UK

The Rev Ian Paisley was in intensive care on Monday evening after suffering acute cardiac problems. The former Northern Ireland First Minister was ...

Ian Paisley Rushed To Hospital

PA | Posted 07.04.2012 | UK

The Rev Ian Paisley, the former Northern Ireland First Minister, has been admitted to hospital, it was revealed today. He was rushed to the Ulster ...