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Peter Robinson: 'No Longer Fit for Purpose'

Brian John Spencer | Posted 11.09.2014 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

We're left with a leader that is devoid of leadership capacity, lumbered with the charisma of a damp rag, the vision of a mole and all the on-camera tact of a 14 year old pubescent man-child. A sepulchral sod. Goodness knows the manner off-camera. So let me say it again, it's the man, not the House, who's no longer fit for purpose.

Hey Irish America! Arthur Guinness was a Protestant, a Unionist and Irish and British

Brian John Spencer | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

Irish America needs to go buy a book and learn some history. They don't have a baldy notion. Here's some context...

Am I Living in Ireland or Iran?

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

Because I'm from Northern Ireland, support the Union with Great Britain and identify myself as a cultural Protestant, I can't be a proper Irish person. That my friend is racism, jingoism and xenophobia - defined.

Movember, Mullets and 14th Century Irish Legislation

Matt Lacey | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Comedy
Matt Lacey

"Someone outlawed the moustache?" You say, flabbergasted and spitting coffee into your walrus whiskers like a Boer-war general. Well, yes they did. Let me bring you back to 1366 in Ireland, a country in a state of near-continuous warfare controlled by a slew of regional warlords.

Why Brits Still Don't Get the Irish

Christopher Jackson | Posted 15.11.2013 | UK Comedy
Christopher Jackson

Comedy shows like Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo and Eight Out of 10 Cats have all had British comedians mocking the Irish, normally on account of Dara O'Briain or some other 'Paddy' being present.

The Young Irish Reporter Forging a Career in the Bible Belt

Marcus Liddell | Posted 06.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Marcus Liddell

Over 4000 miles from Sheffield and a year after departing South Yorkshire, James Mahon is ploughing a lone furrow as an Irishman on TV news in America...

On Not Being Racist

Genevieve Shanahan | Posted 11.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Genevieve Shanahan

Racism is not something we get to fix, once and for all. Racism is not something we get to opt out of. To imagine it is is to vastly underestimate the way in which our culture is steeped in bigotry.

Northern Ireland: Not just a pretty accent

Shannon Kendall | Posted 31.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Shannon Kendall

Belfast. The capital of Northern Ireland. Indeed, a home from home some may say. Intrigued, admittedly, by the rumoured mass drinking culture within this renowned city, I visited last week, duty free alcohol in one hand and a 'wee' Irish phrase book in the other.

My Date With the President - Dublin in Style...

Sarah Tetteh | Posted 17.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Tetteh

Never before have I felt so welcome in a stately residence, or even in my mum's house, than I did at President Michael D. Higgins sprawling mansion for afternoon tea.

On ... The True Facts About Saint Patrick - As Every Irish School-kid Knows Well?

Martin Treanor | Posted 16.05.2013 | UK Entertainment
Martin Treanor

He was about eight feet tall, and arrived - walking - by sea on a pebbly shore somewhere around county Down, wearing a big, big long green and gold robe (which made him float across the Irish Sea like a Dalek), and a green and gold pointy hat on his head (teacher says it's a mitre) because he was really smart and needed room for his brain to grow.

Critic on Stage: Dancing to Our Own Beat

Clare Wiley | Posted 15.05.2013 | UK Entertainment
Clare Wiley

This week was the last dance rehearsal before I take to the main stage of the Lowry in Manchester, captivating an audience of 2,000 with my balletic grace and elegant style. Just kidding, it's actually an audience of 100 in the venue's smallest studio and I'll be dancing with an umbrella.

Are You 'Bread' the Irish Way This St Patrick's Day?

Paul Rankin | Posted 12.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Paul Rankin

Do you call your mother mammy? What does "sucking diesel" mean? Are you a flame haired warrior princess or prince? If you know the right answers to these questions you could be more Irish than you think! And now all you St Patrick's Day revellers can find out, just in time for the big day!

Irish YouTube Sensation Rubberbandits in Shock BBC Jimmy Savile Revelation

John Fleming | Posted 24.03.2013 | UK Comedy
John Fleming

I thought it would be jolly to chat to Rubberbandits for this blog, because I thought there might be a chance they would pay me money in a belated, after-the-event bribe to win the increasingly prestigious Malcolm Hardee Comedy Award.

On the Down Side of New Year Resolutions - or Where do All Those Christmas Cookbooks Go?

Martin Treanor | Posted 03.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Martin Treanor

Statistics point to the second week in February as the date most people start to slide with their New Year's Resolutions, sometimes the third week - if the thing to be given up is a not to difficult one, like eating expensive, luxury chocolates, or juggling fiery sticks.

Belfast Riots Are the Symptom of a Community Left Behind

Brian John Spencer | Posted 13.02.2013 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

The ugly scenes of rioting that have returned to Belfast's streets 14 years after the signing of the peace agreement are a sorry sight. But they tell a story of poor political leadership and of a demographic section of society left behind.

Is Northern Ireland Ready For Abortion?

Emma Campbell | Posted 12.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Campbell

Northern Ireland is known for its history of religious and state conflict; a recent scar that most of us living here would wish healed. So strange then that the group most disregarded during the Troubles, yet vital to its peace process, i.e. women, should be the subject of unity between the extremes of both Catholic and Protestant religious voices this week

ON... Why Do So Many People Get a Kick From Hurting Animals?

Martin Treanor | Posted 30.11.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Martin Treanor

I usually like to keep this blog easy-going, to dispense my daily sights and sounds using my own 'special' brand of light-hearted drivel - humour some...

Is it Cos I is Irish?

Grainne Gillis | Posted 24.11.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Grainne Gillis

The Irish are in a unique position in the world, as we are the only race of people who are white, who, within the parameters of the UK, can be genuinely said to have experienced racism in these isles.

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.

Sectarian Marches or Musicians Under Siege?

Scott De Buitléir | Posted 03.11.2012 | UK
Scott De Buitléir

Jason Burke is the captain of his music band which practices on the Newtownards Road in east Belfast. He's been involved with the band for almost seven years, and is something he is both passionate and proud about. This isn't the type of music band, however, that plays the odd rock song in his parent's garage. He is in charge of a flute band, which regularly partakes in Orange Order marches in Northern Ireland.

Five Arrested After Half Tonne Of Cannabis Seized From Super Yacht

PA | Posted 31.08.2012 | UK

Two Britons and two Irish men and a woman have been arrested after a half tonne haul of cannabis was seized from a yacht off Spain. The arrests wer...

Irish Brand Name Banned From UK

Posted 14.08.2012 | UK

When is a Tayto not a Tayto? According to the English and Wales trade mark registers, it’s when it comes from Ireland. Tayto crisps, one of Irela...

Week Two in The Irish Times' Experiment With Startup Incubation

Dr Johnny Ryan | Posted 09.10.2012 | UK
Dr Johnny Ryan

The Irish Times, the newspaper and media organisation for which I work, has embarked on what might be termed a "slightly radical" initiative.

Eight Week Experiment as Startups Enter The Irish Times

Dr Johnny Ryan | Posted 30.09.2012 | UK
Dr Johnny Ryan

Some months ago I set up The Irish Times Digital Challenge to invite digital entrepreneurs to propose ways to work with The Irish Times.

The End of Everything as We Know It

Martin Treanor | Posted 20.07.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Martin Treanor

With exactly seven months to go until the end of the world, I have got to thinking as to how it might manifest itself (I would've written this blog next month, when it was a round half year to go - but I'll be on a beach then, reading a book, with an umbrella-y drink in my hand, and thinking not a jot about universal destruction).