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Sinn Fein: IRA Bombing Suspect Should Never Have Been Brought Before Court

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.02.2014 | UK

John Downey should never have been brought before a court, Sinn Fein insisted last night. But while the republican party welcomed the decision not to ...

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."

Stand Up for Northern Ireland's Tahrir Square

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

We don't have a political opposition in Northern Ireland. We have one giant, self-serving, autocratic, aberrant sectarian mill. ...

Northern Ireland's Shame - Not In My Name

Brian John Spencer | Posted 11.10.2013 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

Yes, young people in Northern Ireland aren't truly free. Religiosity and violence has retarded our education system, segregated communities and minds into green and orange, and viciously retarded the economy.

Question Time Labels Sinn Fein 'IRA' And DUP 'Goodies'

PA/The Huffington Post | Posted 24.05.2013 | UK Politics

The BBC has apologised for a Question Time production gaffe that saw a Stormont minister labelled as being a member of "Sinn Fein/IRA!". Sinn Fein ...

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.

Sinn Fein Apologises For Garda Death 17 Years Ago

PA | Posted 29.01.2013 | UK

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams has apologised for the IRA killing of Detective Garda Jerry McCabe 17 years ago. The officer was gunned down by republ...

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.

Gerry Adams: 'Irish Unity Makes Sense'

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.01.2013 | UK Politics

A single economy for the island of Ireland would be good for prosperity, jobs and investment, Sinn Fein has claimed. Party president Gerry Adams ca...

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.

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.

Northern Ireland Green's Lead Push for Marriage Equality

Gary Spedding | Posted 09.11.2012 | UK Politics
Gary Spedding

With this motion, a clear call is made on the Minister of Finance and Personnel to introduce legislation to guarantee that couples of any sex or gender identity receive equal benefit from marriage.

Northern Ireland's Political Leaders Pledge To Tackle Tensions

PA | Posted 05.09.2012 | UK Politics

Northern Ireland's political leaders have pledged to tackle tensions over controversial parades that sparked rioting for the last three nights in Belf...

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.

Louise Mensch Begins New 'Job' As Steward And Bailiff

The Huffington Post UK | Charlie Lindlar | Posted 29.08.2012 | UK Politics

The parliamentary career of Corby MP Louise Mensch officially came to an end on Wednesday, culminating in the bizarre tradition of her assuming a defu...

Northern Ireland's Legal Predicament on Marriage Equality

Gary Spedding | Posted 20.10.2012 | UK Politics
Gary Spedding

It is now up to the people of Northern Ireland to ask our assembly members to take bold steps for equality. Perhaps one day, in the near future, we will defeat prejudice and intolerance against the LGBT community for good and Homophobia won't ever be an acceptable replacement for sectarian hatred.

Apology For Sinn Fein Mayor After 'Traumatic' Police Raid

PA | Posted 20.08.2012 | UK

Police have apologised after raiding the home of a Sinn Fein lord mayor in Northern Ireland as part of a probe into republican activity. Kevin Camp...

Hundreds Of Students Told Their University Offers Were 'A Mistake'

PA | Posted 17.08.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Nearly 400 students face an agonising wait after they were given places at a university in Northern Ireland, only to be later told the offers were mad...