Northern Ireland Peace Process

What Would Peace In Afghanistan Actually Look Like?

Ben Acheson | Posted 26.09.2017 | UK
Ben Acheson

"Peace and reconciliation" is the phrase routinely trotted out by almost all actors in Afghanistan when asked what the end-goal is. Yet it is such an ...

Northern Ireland Brexit Border Agreement Needed To Avoid Return To Violence, Warns Former Foreign Office Chief

The Huffington Post | Ned Simons | Posted 05.09.2017 | UK Politics

The Northern Ireland peace process could be put at risk if the government fails to reach a “sensible agreement” with the EU over the border, a for...

No Military Solution And No Negotiations In Afghanistan - So What Next?

Ben Acheson | Posted 14.08.2017 | UK Politics
Ben Acheson

The Taliban will not be defeated militarily. This is an unfortunate reality, but a reality it is. It does not mean that Afghanistan is 'lost'. It means that 'winning the war' can no longer be the guiding principle for policymakers. The collective commitment must now be 'winning the peace'.

Politicians Who Shocked The System By Joining Forces

Phillip Othen | Posted 11.07.2017 | UK Politics

We live in deeply polarised political times, where the left and right have so little respect for each other that their discourse can easily descend in...

DUP-Tory Deal To Prop Up Theresa May Could Be Signed 'This Week'

The Huffington Post | Ned Simons | Posted 26.06.2017 | UK Politics

DUP leader Arlene Foster has said she hopes to strike a deal with Theresa May “this week” to prop up the prime minister’s minority government. O...

May To Hold Queen's Speech With Or Without DUP Deal

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 15.06.2017 | UK Politics

Theresa May has signalled she will publish her Queen’s Speech programme for government with or without an agreement with the Democratic Unionist Par...

Women's Rights Groups Send Open Letter To PM Over Fears For DUP Coalition

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 13.06.2017 | UK

Representatives of a number of women’s groups and medical organisations have written an open letter to Theresa May to urge her not to allow issues s...

DUP-Tory Deal Could Put Northern Ireland Peace Process At Risk, Warns Sir John Major

The Huffington Post | Ned Simons | Posted 13.06.2017 | UK Politics

Sir John Major has warned Theresa May that the deal she is attempting to strike with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) in order to stay in Downing S...

Brexit, Devolution And The Future Of Northern Ireland

Janice Morphet | Posted 27.03.2017 | UK Politics
Janice Morphet

The call for an independence referendum for Northern Ireland by Sinn Fein, closely following on from that of Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland, is not an opportunistic endeavour. The recent elections in Northern Ireland demonstrated that the political tide is turning.

Martin McGuiness Has Died Aged 66

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 21.03.2017 | UK

Northern Ireland’s former deputy first minister and ex-IRA commander Martin McGuinness has died aged 66. He had been suffering from a rare heart con...

Postal Van Explosion Near Northern Ireland Army Barracks

The Huffington Post UK/ PA | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 14.08.2015 | UK

A device has exploded inside a postal van near the headquarters of MI5 in Northern Ireland. A fire broke out on Friday morning inside Palace Barrac...

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.