After 40 years we are finally free of burdens imposed on us by the faceless Eurocrats of...
The European Union referendum is over and the people of the United Kingdom have voted to leave the EU.
The European Union referendum is over and the people of the United Kingdom have voted to leave the EU.
We haven't totally got a handle on this democracy thing, have we? A clear majority of the voting public - not a massive majority, but a clear one - have said they want to Brexit Europe.
When I was a child, rifling through old boxes in the attic looking for some lost book, I suddenly became aware of a pair of eyes trained upon me through the gloom. Careful not to bang my head on the sloping rafters above, I cautiously inched my way towards this...
This is of course a nervous time for anyone with imagination.
How wonderful to see those happy, smiling Irish football fans in France for Euro 2016. A hundred years ago, how many similar young lads would be setting off for the killing fields of Flanders, to be slaughtered in their thousands at the terrible Battle of the Somme?
Writing a thousand-word column every week isn’t easy at the best of times. But attempting to do it from the deck of a ship on a dark and stormy night, for a nine-hour voyage, while chaperoning three restless dogs, one of whom is blind and another is travel sick, has to take the proverbial biscuit.
Europe has been heavily on our minds, and now that the referendum is over let us hope that the people of the UK have made the right decision, though I am extremely doubtful about that.
The new London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, plans on banning so-called "body-shaming" adverts from the capital's transport network. Well, thank you, Daddy London, for setting such a sterling example for the rest of the United Kingdom to follow. What would we poor oppressed...
Earlier this week, a quantity of Semtex explosive was discovered in Maeve House, one of the seven tower blocks in the New Lodge area of north Belfast. The explosive material weighed 1.5kg — just over three pounds — and had been carefully hidden away. It seems to have...
It's only a game. How often we've said that over the years. The old cliched dismissal about a bunch of grown men kicking a ball around a pitch for a living. And for the privilege of doing so being paid the equivalent of a lottery win. Per week.
Sir Cliff Richard is just the latest celebrity to be accused of sex offences in the full glare of publicity only to be given a half-hearted 'apology' when the allegations turn out to be baseless. And they call this justice?
In Budapest for a few days and reading about Hungary's history, I couldn't help yet again dwelling on MOPE, the Most-Oppressed-People-Ever narrative of Irish history thus nicknamed, skewered and demolished by my friend Liam Kennedy.
Fertility can be unpredictable. My mother married at 23, had a miscarriage at 25, a baby at 26, two more babies subsequently, and then (without recourse to contraception), 10 years of what she called "normal married life" without a pregnancy.
One of the often-quoted sentences in the Bible is: "You shall know the truth and the truth will set your free".
Tomorrow is Father's Day and so I'd like to dedicate this column to my own beloved dad Frank. I've done the same thing every Father's Day weekend since I started writing for the Tele 10 years ago, but I'll never run out of stories.
Schoolboys have the right to wear skirts and girls have the right to wear trousers - and if you dare to voice anything other than complete approval for this, or any other transgender-enabling scheme, then you're a transphobic bigot who deserves to be howled down and...
The days go by and we are now just a week away from the European Union referendum. As it draws nearer, the dire predictions from David Cameron and the Remain camp grow ever more frequent and strident. It seems that every day now we are subjected to more catalogues...
Often when you read reports following the now all-too-common mass-murder gun attacks in America, you're swept not just with sorrow for the families of the victims, but with pity too for the shocked and distressed relatives of the perpetrators. How awful to be, say, the...
Even the most ardent anti-monarchist would be hard pushed to deny that the celebrations of the Queen's 90th birthday have been a tremendous success. Huge crowds on the Mall, four generations of royals on the balcony, wall-to-wall TV coverage, applause across the...
A new friend whom I met for dinner last week reported that in the west of Ireland, where he goes often, he had asked an old friend if he'd read my latest book, The Seven: the lives and legacies of the founding fathers of the Irish republic.
It was the feminist movement that coined the phrase "the personal is political", and when it comes to the looming Brexit vote in just over two weeks' time, the personal will indeed be political as I enter that voting booth (where I have a vote, in deepest Kent).
There is one sound that heralds a twenty-first century summertime more than any other. And no, it's not the hypnotic sound of buzzing in a bee-loud glade; nor the gentle clack of croquet on a lawn; nor the distant sound of a transient cuckoo -"Shall I call thee 'Bird', or but a wandering voice?" - It's not even the guttural grunting of tennis players whacking a ball at Wimbledon. No, it's none of the above.
Some people may not be surprised by the decision of the Presbyterian Church to close the retail units in the ground floor mall at Assembly Buildings in Belfast.
Something vital is missing from the new Top Gear. Sure, they have all the basic constituent parts - smoke, skids, revving, switchbacks with impossible drops. Dodge Vipers and Reliant Robins. Crazy competitions. Studio audience cheering (if not laughing) on cue. The Stig is in...
Although I’ve never been able to summon up any interest in football, I’ve just spent hours reading about and around a Rangers vs Hibernians Scottish Cup Final on May 21. It was a door into a world that troubled me more than I had expected.
Professor Henry Patterson of Ulster University was the author of a book entitled Ireland’s Violent Border. It was published in 2013 and explored the sectarian murder campaign carried out by the Provisional IRA in the border areas of Northern Ireland.
Brexit. Don't let your indecision take you from behind. Trust your inner vision. Don't let others change your mind. The immortal, inspirational message from the lyrics of the song Making Your Mind Up by Eurovison winners Bucks Fizz. Who better, then, to headline the Leave...
Silence is golden The Tremeloes sang somewhat paradoxically way, way back in the 1960s. But how right they were - Marks & Spencer's decision to hit the big red off button and ban piped music is one of those 'where were you when you heard the news?' moments.
Three times in my early life, I was rescued by a stroke of luck. When I was a very young child, I very nearly choked to death on some small edible object - it might have been a nut. I was just turning blue when a young man walked into our kitchen who happened to be a medical...
Party political broadcasts are dismissed as having no effect on the electorate, but the films made for the Remain and Leave campaigns in the referendum are definitely swinging opinion. Because, when I saw the one for remaining in Europe, I immediately supported leaving -...
A new 'gallic noir' started last weekend on BBC4 and within minutes of the closing credits the social networks went into analytical overdrive.
Last Sunday I listened to BBC Radio Ulster's Morning Service, when the address was given by the Rev David Gray of Portaferry Presbyterian Church. It was a thoughtful sermon, delivered in the classic stentorian tones of Presbyterianism.
The grief of a parent at the loss of a child is a unique anguish. Those of us who minister to the bereaved often feel helpless before such raw pain.
Jeremy Corbyn’s public commitment that a Labour government will veto the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a significant step towards ending the controversial EU-US trade deal, and a major blow for the European Commission on the eve of the UK...
So, Sir John Chilcot’s report is going to be “four times as long as War and Peace”, is it?
Which is worth more: the life of an animal or the life of a child? I really thought this would be a no-brainer. I thought it was almost universally accepted that in any situation where the choice was between protecting a child or an animal the child would win, no...
A common theme of the Belfast Telegraph postbag is local representation - or the lack of it. By 'local', on this occasion, I mean very local; not Stormont. For on the Hill we have a surfeit of representatives.
The silence from Amnesty International has been deafening, and it’s a pity commentator Jude Collins chose to compare display with Boys’ Brigade, says Nelson McCausland.
Mommy, Mommy, can I go play in the gorilla's den? This week's story of parenting fail comes from Cincinnati where a four-year-old boy managed to evade parental supervision, clamber over a protective fence, tumble 10ft into a moat of shallow water and find himself face to face...
Mafia expert Roberto Saviano was right this week when he said that it’s Britain, rather than Afghanistan, the South of Italy or Nigeria, which is the most corrupt country in the world.
The UK European Union in/out referendum campaign is well underway, and has only four weeks to go. We'll be polling on the EU Referendum issue right up to voting day on June 23.
Claire Sugden's appointment as Minister for Justice comes as a nice change from "politics as usual". While little has changed in terms of votes cast, even a casual glance shows - to those who want to see it - that we have witnessed a sea change.
In a distant, forgotten age, when everyone was madly in love with the Democratic frontrunner, that almost flawless candidate made a rare mistake.
When it comes to Brexit, I've tried to do my homework. I've listened to dozens of discussions on radio and television, read hundreds of articles and talked to a wide variety of friends and acquaintances of differing political opinions in the UK and the Republic.
Yes, just like Napoleon, I did remember my First Holy Communion during the month of May. The Emperor, though not a believer in his later life (although he admired Islam as a warrior religion) still venerated the day of his First Holy Communion. Not everyone...
Harriot Harman, the staunchly feminist Labour MP, thinks that the Kardashians are feminist role models. When I heard her on Good Morning Britain I nearly spat my coffee out.
Looking back, the 1960s were a wonderful time to be alive and to be a student in University College, and Trinity College, Dublin. Term had hardly begun and I met fellow student John Feeney.
This week's inquest on the Kingsmills massacre of January 5, 1976 has revealed the horrific details of that winter evening when 10 Protestant men were shot dead on their way home from work.
Here’s a heart-warming story from Northern Ireland. It’s now so peaceful there that, in order to give the police something to do, the authorities have prosecuted a teenage woman for taking an abortion pill that would be legal anywhere else in the UK.
The snowflake generation, that's what today's students are called. Why? Because they seem to think they'll melt away if they come into contact with anything challenging, disturbing or otherwise strange to them.
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