Gerry Adams has not condemned the Manchester bomb ... but then didn’t his uncle blast...
There is no moral distinction between Salman Abedi and Dominic Adams, writes Nelson McCausland.
There is no moral distinction between Salman Abedi and Dominic Adams, writes Nelson McCausland.
Belfast City Council's efforts to save money on landfill are half-cocked and unduly punitive, says Fionola Meredith.
One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter... How often have we heard that idiotic old trope trotted out here in recent years?
How much do you think a drugs lord makes off a deal that takes the life of a 15-year-old child? I’m not talking here about the low-level skunks who sell the stuff on the streets.
You are a s***. You are a w*****. What you need is a good kicking. Your type should be done away with. We know where you work. You've got it coming to you. Here comes the rape train for you...
Feuds between sisters are well enough known: movie stars Joan Fontaine and Olivia de Havilland maintained a sisterly quarrel all their lives. The writers Margaret Drabble and her sister A S (Antonia) Byatt only meet - acknowledging each other with a formal nod - at...
He and I had our differences. So said Gerry Adams last week of Enda Kenny, when reluctantly and a bit late in the day, at 66 and in excellent health, he stepped down as leader of Fine Gael. “But I acknowledge that he did his best from his perspective. From Sinn...
With Princess Pippa’s wedding causing a Middleton media meltdown, I’ve been recalling my nuptials from 30 years ago. Let’s start on the day we got engaged ...
The author of the Old Testament Book of Proverbs offered good advice when he wrote, "A soft answer turns away wrath, but grievous words stir up anger".
There's been a lot of frenzied talk about sexism lately. First of all there was Arlene Foster's controversial claim that calls for her to stand down over the RHI scheme were "misogynistic". More recently, we had the backlash against remarks made by DUP councillor Graham Craig...
I was in London on Saturday and stopped off in a bookshop at Trafalgar Square. Browsing the shelves, my attention was drawn to a book with the title The Road to Somewhere by David Goodhart.
The other day, on a London radio station, I heard a furious man denouncing the government, after which the interviewer said: "So, you'll be voting Labour, then?"
Even before the weekend reports of a cyber attack on the NHS, some of us were already harbouring suspicions that technology may not always be our best friend.
As the late Princess Diana's lover James Hewitt fights for his life in a hospital bed following a serious stroke and heart attack, it is hard not to feel a smidgen of sympathy for him.
It's a sad fact of life that the older you get, the more likely you are to fall. And not in a good way, like falling in love or falling (as they say) pregnant. I mean tumbling to the ground because you've lost your balance.
Last week, by the skilful use of emotional blackmail, Stephen Nolan got me to watch a lengthy TV programme I would normally dodge. On Wednesday morning I was on his Radio Ulster show arguing that 16 and 17 year-olds shouldn’t have the vote because they’re insufficiently...
One of the most divisive issues in Church life is that of same-sex relationships and this was highlighted yet again in the Church of Ireland General Synod in Limerick last week.
Observing the growing legions of homeless people in central Belfast, many them young, vulnerable and wretched-looking, I often wonder what it must be like for them when darkness falls in this city.
Dismaying news from my beloved alma mater this week. A substantial gender pay gap has been exposed between male and female professors at Queen's University Belfast (QUB). Figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency show that QUB's female professors earn almost 15%...
He never led a revolutionary army, he never sent anyone to face an execution squad and he spent the last 11 years of his life in prison in Italy, but Antonio Gramsci has probably had a greater influence on the democratic Western countries, including the United Kingdom, than...
Last week, down in Portugal, I opened my door to a couple of grey-haired ladies clad in their Sunday best. We exchanged the usual pleasantries; the main spokeswoman fluent, me in my pigeon Portuguese.
The rescue of Scottish surfer Matthew Bryce 13 miles off the Northern Ireland coast was well-nigh miraculous. Not just because that one life was saved, of course. There are escapes from death every day.
Influenced as much by The Clash's Joe Strummer as Karl Marx, or Che Guevara, this writer became an early convert to Left-wing causes. Even by the end of the 1970s, this fledgling Leftist was adopting the "causes" of others across the planet, such as the heroic...
Feminists all over the world clamour that "more women's voices must be heard". More women's voices in science, on business boards, in academia, in the media, and, above all, in politics. However, no feminists I can trace have praised the French presidential candidate...
The phrase ‘Skibbereen Eagle’ was shorthand in my family for any pronouncement by a self-important person on matters way beyond their grasp.
If you ever decide to do a study of the best — and the worst — that society has to offer, go and live with a pensioner for a while. I’m currently back in Preston, minding my vulnerable 84-year-old dad for another stint and I have to say that seeing how our older generation is treated has become one hell of an eye-opener.
It is quite a culture shock to return overnight from a wet and cold Chicago to a warm and sunny Northern Ireland, but that's what happened to me this week. During the previous fortnight I had been on a working visit to the United States where I delivered two lectures...
Latest polling suggests that the electorate in only one of Northern Ireland's 18 constituencies approves of pacts in the forthcoming General Election.
Hopefully you may have seen our first article covering the results from the first running of our automated computer systems based ‘Seat Predictor Model’ for the upcoming NI Westminster Election.
When Alistair Campbell, Tony Blair's spin doctor, said "we don't do God" he clearly wasn't thinking about Northern Ireland. Here our politicians do God all the time. Religion is interwoven so tightly with politics that it's often impossible to tell the two apart.
The starting guns have been fired in the election. With Parliament formally dissolved, the battle has officially begun to elect the next one.
Early evening in a family restaurant in a small town in Portugal. This isn't especially a tourist restaurant; most of the customers tonight are locals.
In Praia da Luz this week, the weather has been sunny and pleasant. Well into the mid-20s. Glorious in our terms, but still some way off the blistering heat of the Algarve summer that draws so many northern tourists.
Thirty years ago, a team of eight IRA men set off to destroy the RUC station in the village of Loughgall. They were experienced and well-armed and they carried their 200lb bomb in a stolen digger.
It was a short hop from Edinburgh to Belfast, but The Journey was a giant leap for Northern Ireland.
More power to Ruth Langsford's (presumably fully covered) elbow in ducking out of a photoshoot with her fellow Loose Women presenters and contributors as part of the show's new Body Battles campaign.
When I open my email these days, I find it flooded with various commercial offers. Especially around cannabis products. Now is the right moment, I'm informed, to invest in cannabis. It's getting legal everywhere! It's a profitable product - and, besides, it helps with a...
There isn't much information on Martin McGuinness's headstone, but what is there conveys plenty. Firstly, there's the reminder of how poor Sinn Fein Irish usually is.
We had such a drama this week in our household. From excitement to tears to dread to relief to elation, all in 24 hours. But like any good drama, I'll start at the very beginning with some background information.
One of the areas of church life which causes controversy, hurt and ill-feeling concerns the baptism of children. I often hear about parents and grand-parents who are offended by and alienated from their church because of a refusal to give a full baptism to their child or grandchild.
Almost exactly a quarter of a century ago, I wrote a story which was headlined: 'Exodus: a story of Christians'. It told the tragedy of those people of the faith who were fleeing the lands of the forefathers.
It wouldn’t be a Northern Ireland Westminster election without talk of pacts between the political parties, particularly on the unionist side. The talks and debate is still ongoing but not surprisingly seem to have ran into difficulties.
Three million children in the UK are at risk of hunger and malnutrition in the school holidays, according to a new parliamentary report. The cross-party panel of MPs and peers heard evidence about some children who existed on a diet of crisps and others who were so hungry that...
It's not often that Sinn Fein loses a PR battle with the DUP, but yesterday, Michelle O'Neill lost game, set and match to Arlene Foster.
Catholic children are immersed in their own identity, but their state sector peers less so, says Nelson McCausland.
Call me a stickler for etiquette, but in my opinion, the right place for oil in a restaurant is on your salad. Not the foreheads of religious anointees seeking salvation with their cod goujons.
So here we go again! No-one saw it coming – a UK General Election on June 8.
So, a mother, daughter and a group of friends dining at the Easter Sunday carvery at the Loughshore Hotel in Carrickfergus said they felt 'uncomfortable' during their meal because two men at a nearby table began proselytising by handing out religious tracts. When the hotel...
Matchmaking today is done often via the internet - often successfully too - but previously it was the job of the matchmakers either in person or through 'marriage bureaux'.
I’m constantly rebuked on social media by Sinn Fein supporters because of what they deem my unfair treatment of Gerry Adams. They demand to know why I focus so much on him and on Sinn Fein and the IRA yet write little about their loyalist counterparts.
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