Region Archives: UK

Lord Bew on the Prospects for Dealing with the Past

Yesterday’s House of Lords debate on the Haass-O’Sullivan Talks raised questions about the responsibility of the British and Irish governments, as well as the Northern Ireland parties, in moving forward on addressing the legacy of the past. Lord Bew’s remarks on the unlikeliness of ‘a shared process of recovery from the past’ were particularly sobering more…

Cahill brings up matter of recordings of her meetings with Adams…

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Mary Lou McDonald stumbled a little today on RTE’s Saturday with Brian Dowling programme when the host read out a tweet from Mairia Cahill referencing recordings of her meetings with Gerry Adams. There are recordings which exist in relation to those IRA meetings in those flats. @MaryLouMcDonald — Mairia Cahill (@mairiac31) October 18, 2014 She mentioned it more…

Jonathan Powell: The Lessons of Northern Ireland

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Following the launch of his new book ‘Talking to Terrorists,” former Chief of Staff to Prime Minister, Tony Blair, Jonathan Powell, writes exclusively for Slugger about the lessions he learned from his time working on the Northern Ireland peace process The Northern Ireland negotiations were the most difficult and frustrating challenge I faced in my more…

Course on ‘Remembering a Decade of Change & Violence in Ireland, 1912-1922,’ with Johnston McMaster & Cathy Higgins

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A seven-week education and training programme on ‘Remembering a Decade of Change and Violence in Ireland, 1912-1922,’ will be delivered by Rev Dr Johnston McMaster and Dr Cathy Higgins each Tuesday from 21 October to 2 December at the Lansdowne Hotel, 657 Antrim Road in Belfast. The evening begins with tea/coffee/sandwiches from 6 pm and more…

Two Gallants

This week a messianic nationalist party of still dubious respectability came within 600 by-election votes of cementing beyond doubt its credentials as the main electoral threat to the senior coalition partner. (more…)

Kicking the [financial] can down the road, again.

According to the BBC’s Mark Devenport, The Treasury has been asked to supply Stormont with a one-off loan of between £100m and £150m to ease its budgetary crisis, the BBC understands. According to the reports, the proposal was discussed with the UK Treasury by the NI First Minister, the DUP leader Peter Robinson, and the more…

Is Stormont fit to take the gamble on a lower corporation tax?

The economist James Stewart of Trinity College Dublin  has revealed details of the extent of legal tax dodging  (£) involved in the Republic’s tax much vaunted 12.5% business tax rate in the Financial Times He argues that  the Republic’s government seems not be aware that a vast quantity of profits  are not subject to corporation tax anywhere more…

Theresa Villiers: “It is in the interests of everyone affected… that a way forward is found towards a local resolution.”

As the BBC’s Mark Devenport reports, the Northern Ireland Secretary of State, Theresa Villiers, has proposed that a panel of “experts” be appointed with the objective of mediating “an agreed accommodation between local people in respect of Loyal Order parades in the Twaddell and Ardoyne areas of north Belfast”. The official NIO statement includes the terms of more…

America isn’t really interested in our domestic squabbles

Having spent last week in Washington, D.C. and New York, I spent the weekend catching up on the news from home that I’d missed and indeed mulling over the conversations about home I’d had. Secretary of State Theresa Villiers announced last week a new round of all-party talks designed to break the impasse on the more…

Who needs a Border Poll? – Five Potential Futures for NI

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We’ve all seen the articles over the last while which offer an exhaustive picture of the political ramifications that an independent Scotland would have on Northern Ireland’s fate. Though interesting, when I read them I have this nagging feeling that the authors are being all too short sighted. Through the science of climatology we know more…

Mickey Brady: Why Welfare cuts must be opposed

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As the debate continues on over welfare reform, Sinn Fein MLA and Deputy Chairman of the DSD Committee, Mickey Brady, writes for Slugger about why proposed cuts should be opposed. The Tory-led coalition has sought to sell welfare cuts on the false premise of Strivers verses Skivers.  Nothing could be further from the truth. The cuts more…

Tony Benn: Will and Testament (showing in QFT from 3-5 Oct)

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This weekend, the Queen’s Film Theatre is screening Tony Benn: Will and Testament. The film is described as “an intimate and personal reflection on life, work, love and loss from one of the UK’s most influential and charismatic political figures”. It’s autobiographical with the “political firebrand, prolific diarist, writer, charismatic anti-war campaigner, husband and father more…