Irish Politics

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.

LAD: What Next for Northern Ireland's New Politics of the People?

Philip Murphy | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Politics
Philip Murphy

Perhaps LAD can replace the 'Loyalists Against' with 'Laughing At' and make all those who make our society unbearable the subject of derision. They have certainly made us chuckle for the past thirteen months and there's no reason to think that all-inclusive mockery would be any less amusing.

The State of Ireland 2013

Aaron Vallely | Posted 28.02.2014 | UK Politics
Aaron Vallely

This is Ireland. This is our situation. The Irish citizen is faced with a blizzard of potential injustices and problems if they live in our country. People need to organise themselves and take account. It is time for people to say enough...

Taoiseach: Speak Up or Step Down

Anthony Byrne | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Anthony Byrne

Now that the dust has settled from the recent referendum. What is the popular consensus on how the Government supported its own motion; to scrap Seanad Éireann, in the name of cost saving reform?

The Irish Abortion Bill Reveals a Deeply Ingrained Disregard for the Personhood of Women

Kathryn Langston | Posted 13.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Kathryn Langston

It is time opponents of abortion realise that the debate surrounding the legalisation of abortion is not simply a question about the biological health of the mother, or the imagined potential of the foetus. It is about the complexities of a human life, and respecting a woman's intelligence, autonomy and desire for fulfilment as having equal status and complexity as any man's.

New Irish Abortion Legislation Will Not Prevent Another Savita Halappanavar Case

Dr Clara Fischer | Posted 25.08.2013 | UK Politics
Dr Clara Fischer

This week, the Irish parliament is debating new abortion legislation, to be enacted before the parliamentary summer break. For anybody familiar with the now infamous Savita Halappanavar case, this should instinctively come as welcome news. Yet, almost eight months later, the Irish government is proposing a law that does nothing to prevent another scenario like the fateful one endured by Ms. Halappanavar.

How I Learned to Stop Worrying About Threesomes and Love SpunOut

Paddy Duffy | Posted 28.05.2013 | UK Politics
Paddy Duffy

Last weekend, Ireland was consumed by something terrible, something dark, something that could tear the fabric of Irish society apart as we know it. Yes, Ireland has been struck dumb by the menace of threesomes.

Magdalene Laundries: Tears of Joy Taste Bitter-Sweet in Northern Ireland

Patrick Corrigan | Posted 22.04.2013 | UK Politics
Patrick Corrigan

The outpouring of tears and justice for the victims in the south is bitter-sweet for Northern Ireland victims. They are joyful at justice for their sisters in the south, but for themselves, they fear being ignored - again. For them, there is no inquiry. No apology. No compensation scheme.

Northern Ireland: Border Poll Is Not the Answer

Philip Murphy | Posted 26.03.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Philip Murphy

Politics in Northern Ireland needs to address the real issues. We've practiced and mastered whataboutery for too long. The result is a flailing economy, unaided by friendly fire from within and a divided political shambles, completely devoid of consensus.

Sinn Fein: Ireland's Ukip

Brian John Spencer | Posted 25.03.2013 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

Sinn Fein now want a border poll. Instead of focusing on growing the economy, creating jobs, establishing economic stability and rebuilding Ireland's credibility abroad - which everyone wants - they're now focusing on re-opening the old debate and picking an old wound - which very few want.

WATCH: Anti-Gay Marriage Video Spoof

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 31.01.2013 | UK Comedy

Ladies and gentlemen of countries other than Ireland: allow us to introduce you to the Iona Insitute. The Iona Institute was set up by a former edi...

Did Social Media Kill Shane McEntee?

David Prescott | Posted 27.02.2013 | UK Politics
David Prescott

Social media is making politicians better public servants. But in return, the public must recognise that they are only human and criticism is ten times more worse when others get to see it.

Open Letter to Enda Kenny Irish Prime Minister (Taoiseach) About Abortion Rights in Ireland

Orna Ross | Posted 22.01.2013 | UK Politics
Orna Ross

I write as one of the offshore Irish, who spoke outside the Irish embassy in London last week to honour the memory of Savita Halappanavar and urge your government to respond appropriately to her death.

New Probe Launched Into Enniskillen

PA | Posted 04.11.2012 | UK

Police have launched a new investigation into the Remembrance Day bombing at Enniskillen, it was revealed today. DUP MLA Arlene Foster said a fresh...

What Kind of Week Has It Been? 21 September, 2012

Paddy Duffy | Posted 20.11.2012 | UK Politics
Paddy Duffy

Doing for the week's news what Orange phones are doing for ridiculous rebranding. This weekend I'll be attending a seminar the Irish President is org...

Irish President Gives Youth Their Voice

Scott De Buitléir | Posted 14.11.2012 | UK Politics
Scott De Buitléir

Using the tagline 'Take Charge of Change,' Being Young and Irish is a series of seminars organised by President Higgins whereby people aged between 17 and 26 can have their say on where Ireland is going.

The Labour Party – Can a Red Rose Solve Northern Ireland’s Problems?

Adam McGibbon | Posted 29.09.2012 | UK Politics
Adam McGibbon

Last week, Andy Burnham, Labour's shadow Health Secretary, threw his weight behind the campaign for the Labour Party to fight elections in Northern Ireland for the first time. For the long-suffering Labour Party members in Northern Ireland - allowed to join the party but not fight elections - this is the latest welcome development on a long, long road.

Former Irish PM Quits His Party After Corruption Probe

PA | Posted 24.05.2012 | UK

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern has resigned from his political party in the wake of a corruption inquiry, but insisted the findings of the probe had de...

Republic Of Ireland Should 'Rejoin Commonwealth' Claim Unionists

PA/Huffington Post | Posted 06.02.2012 | UK

The Republic of Ireland should consider rejoining the Commonwealth as Britain celebrates the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, said Tom Elliott, the leader of ...

A Week with Ireland's New President

Gisele Scanlon | Posted 03.01.2012 | UK
Gisele Scanlon

It's intimidating stepping behind the scenes to shadow Ireland's president. It's quite obvious to everyone that I'm a bit nervous taking the task on. Have you ever read George Orwell's essay on how to make the perfect cup of tea? I blurt these words out at the beginning as an ice-breaker. He smiles. Little did he know...I have my own Michael D Higgins story yet to tell.

Living in a State of Blissful Ignorance?

Niamh Sheerin | Posted 30.12.2011 | UK Politics
Niamh Sheerin

Perhaps it's a dated debate, but the recent election and referenda here in Ireland have invoked a sense of dismay and embarrassment in me on why Irish people are not voting. An appalling turnout of voters has been recorded, in the region of 50%.

Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness Announces Run For President

PA | Posted 16.11.2011 | UK Politics

PRESS ASSOCIATION -- Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness is to bid to become president of Ireland in a dramatic move that has stunned Irish politics. The...