Author Archive | Mick Fealty

Stormont

“the impression that Gerry Adams is not serious about restoring the Executive is gaining traction”

Interesting speculation in the Irish Times on who is holding things up. Dublin and London sources are pointing fingers directly at Sinn Fein to accuse them of an old Modus Operandi of theirs: ie, telling their interlocutors they’re nearly ready and, then suddenly not being… We’ve seen the same pattern in countless negotiations in which even a more…

IMG_6117

7 thoughts from the Ard Fheis as Fianna Fáil begins to “spread out but stick together…”

I was a guest of Fianna Fáil at the Ard Fheis in Dublin this weekend, specifically to talk about the recent disastrous Tory campaign and to describe how Labour was able to brigade its new ecclesia towards one unlikely victory. In summary, here are seven loosely connected overall impressions from Saturday: What’s changed since 2013? No protesters more…

#Ophelia: live reader updates…

I’ve been following the news as Ophelia has been tracking her way up the island. Can you please share your observations and concerns (photos too), but we’re more interested in hearing your direct experiences in the comments below…

1976, March 17 – Blue Room – The White House – Washington, DC – Gerald R. Ford, Liam Cosgrave, Garret FitzGerald, Henry Kissinger – standing, talking near fireplace – State Visit of Irish Prime Minister & Mrs. Liam Cosgrave; Oval Office Meeting; Irish Minister of Foreign Affairs; Secretary of State

Liam Cosgrave Dies

Watch: The life of Liam Cosgrave https://t.co/yPyotw2eyn via @rte — RTÉ Archives (@RTEArchives) October 5, 2017 Liam Cosgrave, Taoiseach and son of the first elected leader of the Free State government has died. I remember him getting in (we were stuck in a traffic jam in Lisburn of all places), and I remember him going more…

Dail Eireann full

Taoiseach pins blame for Northern Ireland’s impasse on Sinn Fein

As noted previously, Micheal Martin’s public determination to isolate SF seems to be giving rise to those aforementioned wider consequences. From playing up to SF a few weeks back, if this exchange is anything to go by, the Taoiseach is hardening his line: .@sinnfeinireland has no respect for our Parliament. They shout people down & more…

Micheal Martin

Micheál Martin signals his TDs to get out and hunt for SF votes…

You’d think that lagging 7 points behind Fine Gael in the latest B&A face-to-face poll would induce panic in the ranks of Fianna Fail, but I’m not picking that up. If anything, Micheál Martin looks like a man who has taken time out to carefully examine the battlefield. I’m not sure I buy everything in Stephen Collins’ piece lauding more…

Screen Shot 2017-09-16 at 12.31.33

Where “shared memory” and “story” meet lies something valuable

I was lucky enough to be asked by Youth Action Northern Ireland to present a workshop at their two-day Islands of Innovation conference/symposium attended by young leaders (18-35) yesterday in Belfast. The key purpose was to “explore what Britain and Ireland could look like in 2021, consider how they can contribute and assess what decisions more…

Brexit won’t be the Holy Grail some nationalists think it is…

Nice interview by Allison Morris with Mervyn Gibson… Rev Gibson, who voted in favour of Brexit, says he thinks Sinn Féin see Britain leaving the EU as “useful tool in their propaganda machine”. “I was in favour of Brexit and returning sovereignty to the UK in general, I was fed up with EU telling us more…