Region Archives: Northern Ireland

Ian Paisley – “We are Irish!”

Ian Paisley, Brian John Spencer (1)

    Of the DUP membership, 1.4% self-identify as Irish. Yet the founder of the DUP was 100% Irish. This is not speculation or conjecture or troublemaking, this is a statement of fact based upon unequivocal and repeated testimony from Ian Paisley. Ian paisley wrote in 2012 on the centenary of the signing of the more…

Even watching Glentoran didn’t help!

Councillor John Kyle (PUP)

William Ennis is a member of the Progressive Unionist Party It’s probably one of those feelings which can’t really be described, such a burning disappointment that even tears seem pointless. I recall meeting a friend of mine who was an Alliance party activist in town the day after Gavin Robinson’s victory over Naomi Long. He more…

Soapbox: Brexit isn’t about cutting ourselves off from the world….


Sammy Morrison is a TUV Press Officer and an assistant to Jim Allister. Here he challenges Ferdinand Mount’s cautionary tale about the motivations of Brexiteers, and argues that Brexit could liberate the UK to fulfil its potential in the world in Europe – and beyond. Ferdinand Mount cannot hide his contempt for those campaigning for more…

“Oh Claire… You are the answer to our prayers…”


STORMONT LOVE: Claire, the moment we met you we swear, we thought you were going nowhere, not trying to mean that’s just how it seemed. But then, we found ourselves thinking again, and maybe you could be our friend. This may come as news, but beggars can’t choose. So please, could we interest in a more…

The New Departmental Committee Chairs

NI Assembly logo

The Assembly also nominated the new chairs of the various departmental committees that will have to scrutinise legislation and the work of ministers. Executive Office- Mike Nesbitt Department for Communities- Colum Eastwood Department for the Economy- Conor Murphy Department of Education- Barry McElduff Department of Health- Paula Bradley Department for Infrastructure- William Humphrey Department of more…

Cartoon – A ‘black spider’ memo for OFMDFM on Justice


Tuesday May 24 had a busy afternoon. Sinn Fein announced its executive team. Prince Charles, known for his letter writing, visited Portadown and the Orange Museum as part of #RoyalVisitNI. Then news broke that the loyalist blogger Jamie Bryson  had written a letter to OFMDFM suggesting he be considered for the position of Justice Minister. Like the Justice portfolio, more…

Martin McGuinness announces new Sinn Fein ministerial team

SF ministers 2x2 May 2016

SINN FEIN ministerial team for May 2016 was announced today, ahead of tomorrow’s D’Hondt process. Martin McGuinness will be joined around the NI Executive table by colleagues Chris Hazzard, Megan Fearon, Michelle O’Neill and Mairtin O’Muilleoir.

Arlene Foster on Women, Leadership and Peacebuilding


First Minister Arlene Foster delivered the fourth Harri Holkeri Lecture yesterday evening on ‘Women, Leadership and Peacebuilding’ at the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice’s Spring Festival at Queen’s. Holkeri was a Prime Minister of Finland and took part in the Good Friday Agreement negotiations. The lecture was co-sponsored by the more…