Sir George Quigley

  The sudden death at 83 of Sir George Quigley is a reminder of the underappreciated value of the really top class civil servant.  No faceless bureaucrat during the long years of Direct Rule at the department of finance and elsewhere, he had an equally beneficial afterlife in the public and private sectors, serving among other posts  as chairman of the Ulster Bank and Bombardier locally. Personally he was a warm hearted and easy communicator and a liberal minded Presbyterian …

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Is the Parades issue a signal of underlying political drift in Northern Ireland?

So, much to the bemusement of some of the Fine Gael TDs I sat with this morning at the BIPA in Glasgow, Micheal Martin’s accusation that under Enda Kenny the southern government has taken its eye off the ball regarding Northern Ireland seems more than just a little calculated. Yet, there’s also a fairly robust analysis of the kind of things that are rarely described these a in Northern Ireland as a political problem: The Peace Process was always intended …

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