Northern Ireland Peace Process

Don't Be So Harsh On Tony Blair, Says His Former Aide

Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK

Public opinion of the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq has overshadowed Tony Blair's achievements for peace in Northern Ireland, his former chief-of-...

Eight Arrests In Belfast Ahead Of 'Twelfth Of July' Commemorations

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.07.2014 | UK

Eight people have been arrested for public order offences in north and west Belfast overnight. Trouble flared during the Eleventh Night, an annual mar...

Man Stabbed During Clashes Between Loyalists And Republicans

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.07.2014 | UK

A man has been stabbed during fighting between republican and loyalist factions in Northern Ireland. The victim, 28, was treated in hospital for injur...

Northern Ireland - the Elephant in the Room of Scottish Independence

Daniel Marriott | Posted 05.08.2014 | UK Politics
Daniel Marriott

With just three months to go until the referendum which will determine whether the UK in its current form survives or divides, much of the attention paid by the media has focused on Scotland's ability to survive as an independent sovereign state, and the possible repercussions of independence on England. But there is one part of the UK which has been sorely neglected - Northern Ireland...

Omagh Bomb Suspect Appears In Court

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK

A republican successfully sued over the Omagh bomb has been remanded in custody charged with murdering the 29 victims of the Real IRA outrage. Seam...

A High-Profile Republican Has Been Charged Over The Omagh Bombing

PA | Posted 10.04.2014 | UK

A high-profile republican has been charged with murdering 29 people in the Omagh bombing, police said. Seamus Daly, 43, from Cullaville, Co Monagha...

In Defence of 'Whataboutery'

Ian Linden | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK
Ian Linden

The Northern Ireland peace process is fraying at the edges. That is if you can call cultural and religious divisions and social hostilities "the edges" when they feed so powerfully the persistence of political problems at the centre.

Silent Grace: A Film Review

Sumeet Grover | Posted 09.05.2014 | UK Entertainment
Sumeet Grover

Silent Grace is an award-winning 2004 film, directed by filmmaker Maeve Murphy. It documents a disturbing chapter of Northern Ireland's nonviolent dirty protests and hunger strikes by republican female prisoners in 1980 that were never made public.

Adventures in Sectarianism: Stiofan Cairns Takes a Wander Down Sectarian Way

Philip Murphy | Posted 30.04.2014 | UK
Philip Murphy

With French influence, but Northern Irish upbringing and genealogy, Stiofan Cairns' debut book, Adventures in Sectarianism is that of a helpless victim in Northern Ireland's cultural myopia.

Patrick Finucane - Still No Inquiry 25 Years on From Murder With Collusion Written All Over It

Patrick Corrigan | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Politics
Patrick Corrigan

Twenty-five years ago today, loyalist gunmen sledge-hammered their way into the Belfast home of lawyer Patrick Finucane and shot him dead in front of his wife and young children. By anyone's definition, this was a murder with collusion written all over it. Yet, twenty-five years on, the UK government still refuses to establish an independent public inquiry into his death. The Finucane family and the public are denied the full truth.

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.

Northern Ireland: Haass/O'Sullivan Talks End Without Inter-Party Agreement

Jason A Murdock | Posted 01.03.2014 | UK Politics
Jason A Murdock

The talks chaired by American diplomat Dr Richard Haass have come to an end without a firm resolution with no significant unanimous deal being agreed upon by the five main Executive parties...

Northern Ireland Peace Talks End In Deadlock

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

Marathon all-night negotiations to resolve outstanding peace process issues in Northern Ireland have failed to produce an agreement. Talks chairman...

Belfast Violence Symbolises Lost Peace Process

The Conversation UK | Posted 28.09.2013 | UK Politics
The Conversation UK

The reappearance of Northern Ireland on the global stage is largely a result of violence in Belfast. First, loyalists - who demand that the region remains within the UK - rioted after a vote on December 3, 2012 to restrict the Union flag flying above Belfast city hall.

Belfast: A Tale of Two Cities

Jilly Luke | Posted 07.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Jilly Luke

The working class enclaves in inner-city Belfast have soaring poverty and joblessness rates. Once the voice of hardline unionism, the DUP has become increasingly mainstream and is seen to represent these communities less and less, with a similar process happening on the other side of the political divide.

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.

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.

DUP Threaten Legal Action As Belfast Flag Row Flutters On

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.01.2013 | UK

Legal action has been threatened by the Democratic Unionist Party over the decision to restrict the flying of the Union flag as pressure grew for viol...

Northern Ireland: Flag Issue Flutters on

Philip Murphy | Posted 10.03.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Philip Murphy

While many protests have remained peaceful, a significant number, particularly in Belfast, have however turned violent. Many have hijacked them for their own needs or recreational rioting, an all too popular pursuit in Northern Ireland, in terms of both participation and spectating.

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.

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.

PICTURES: On This Day - IRA Kill Five In Guildford Bomb Attack

Posted 05.10.2012 | UK

On this day in 1974 five people died and 65 were injured when the IRA bombed two pubs in Guildford. Here's how the story was told in pictures: ...