Martin Mcguinness

Ireland Should Rejoin The Commonwealth, Says MP

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 22.04.2014 | UK

The Republic of Ireland should rejoin the Commonwealth "to celebrate peace" in the wake of Martin McGuinness' state dinner with the Queen, an MP has s...

Northern Ireland Needs London and Dublin and Its Emigré

Brian John Spencer | Posted 21.04.2014 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

Northern Ireland needs to enter the British consciousness. We especially need the Irish diaspora, unionist and nationalist, to feed into the process. At present it's just a troublesome cousin. But we're more than that. We're not just a troublesome side issue.

Martin McGuinness To Be Queen's Special Guest

PA | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK

Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister and ex-IRA commander Martin McGuinness will be a special guest of the Queen during a state banquet at Windsor C...

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."

Northern Ireland Leaders Welcome Economic Boost

PA | Posted 14.06.2013 | UK Politics

Northern Ireland's leaders have welcomed a new package agreed with the Government in Westminster to help their struggling economy. Following talks ...

Northern Ireland's 15th Birthday Present and Reward for Unruliness: A Handsome Cash Transfer

Brian John Spencer | Posted 29.06.2013 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

Fifteen years ago Tony Blair, Bill Clinton and other statesmen mediated the un-mediatable and created the Northern Ireland that we know today. Some see the bargain as a grand failure. The creation of a parochial sectarian state suspended in a form of purgatory with a bloody history and no future.

Gerry Adams' Comment on Thatcher Comes from a Party of Protest, not a Party of Policy

Brian John Spencer | Posted 16.06.2013 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

While it would be wrong to suggest that the Irish are big fans of Thatcher, the majority want to see her off with respect. And a great many Irish have done so. Including the current Taoiseach Enda Kenny and current President Michael D Higgins.

The Northern Ireland of Old Hasn't Gone Away, You Know

Brian John Spencer | Posted 05.05.2013 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

Ever since the Good Friday peace agreement of 1998, parties on both side of the divide have, albeit slowly, attempted to move things forward. And forward things have moved, as I explained at the start. However, a critical demographic have been left behind: the working class and the radicals within.

(WATCH) 'We Could Have Been Looking At Mass Murder'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 04.03.2013 | UK

Police in Northern Ireland have condemned 'reckless' dissident republicans over a foiled bomb plot that could have caused mass casualties. Four pri...

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.

Northern Irish Is the New Irish

Brian John Spencer | Posted 16.03.2013 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

Should people in Northern Ireland start to see themselves less as strictly British or Irish and more pragmatically as Northern Irish?

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: A Divided Society That Can't Even Share Rory McIlroy

Brian John Spencer | Posted 05.03.2013 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

So little has been achieved and so much of the old has continued since 1998 - a year when Northern Ireland was supposed to have entered a new dawn - that we cant even share our greatest living son.

Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness Resigns As Mid-Ulster MP

PA | Posted 01.03.2013 | UK Politics

Martin McGuinness has resigned as Mid-Ulster MP. He said this was in line with Sinn Fein's commitment to end double jobbing and planned to concentr...

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.

The Problem With Being as Much British as Irish

Brian John Spencer | Posted 15.01.2013 | Home
Brian John Spencer

For any Northern Ireland protestant feeling out of place in Ireland you should read the words of Belfast's famous poet John Hewitt. He made it clear that any Northern Ireland Protestant or hardworking immigrant has as much right to call themselves Irish.

Funeral For Murdered NI Prison Officer To Take Place Tuesday

PA | Posted 03.11.2012 | UK

The funeral for murdered Northern Ireland prison officer David Black will take place on Tuesday, it was confirmed today. The service will be held a...

Reflections on Edward Carson and the 100th Anniversary of the Ulster Covenant

Brian John Spencer | Posted 28.11.2012 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

This weekend Northern Ireland's unionists are celebrating the life of Sir Edward Carson and the centenary of the signing of the Ulster Solemn League and Covenant.

Why the UK Owes US Senator George Mitchell a Debt of Gratitude

Brian John Spencer | Posted 26.11.2012 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

Look back only 15 to 20 years and you would see a British Isles stalked by social unrest and political uncertainty. Northern Ireland was at the heart of the disquiet.

Theresa Villiers Needs to Do a Mo Mowlam

Brian John Spencer | Posted 13.11.2012 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

Northern Ireland is in making the headlines again. So you know what that means: bad news.

Goodbye Owen Paterson, Hello Theresa Villiers

Brian John Spencer | Posted 04.11.2012 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

In a cabinet reshuffle billed as the answer to Britain's economic ills, Prime Minister David Cameron went with the economic status quo: holding tight to the fiscally prudent and the ever-derided George Osborne.

Stormont Ministers are Putting Political Prosperity Ahead of that of their Posterity

Brian John Spencer | Posted 22.10.2012 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

Stormont legacy builders, 3 months into a 4 month summer recess, are risking the demographic health of Northern Ireland through patent policy inaction.

Why the Devolution of Corporation Tax is Key to Tackling Northern Ireland's Youth Joblessness

Brian John Spencer | Posted 19.10.2012 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

For the young person in Northern Ireland current prospects are dire and as I look to the future, speaking directly as a young and disgruntled jobless person, I am filled with foreboding.

Triple Killer IRA Bomber To Be Appointed As School Governor

PA | Posted 27.07.2012 | UK Universities & Education

The proposed appointment to a school board of a former IRA bomber jailed for killing a staff member at the Metropolitan Police is better than returnin...

Michaela McAreavey Photographs 'A New Low', Her Family Said

PA | Posted 15.07.2012 | UK

The publication of crime scene photographs of murdered honeymooner Michaela McAreavey's body by a Mauritian newspaper marks a new low, her family said...