Talk of equality is meaningless when Protestant culture is ignored or excluded from so many...
Catholic children are immersed in their own identity, but their state sector peers less so, says Nelson McCausland.
Catholic children are immersed in their own identity, but their state sector peers less so, says Nelson McCausland.
Why is it that the British Broadcasting Corporation is so often unrepresentative of the country it is intended to serve? Why does it seem that the agenda in the BBC is very often to the Left of the mainstream, both socially and politically?
Northern Ireland is an English-speaking community with two indigenous minority languages, Irish Gaelic and Ulster-Scots. However Sinn Fein continue to demand a stand-alone Irish Language Act, with Irish Gaelic as an official language in Northern Ireland alongside English. They...
Arrogance and audacity are two of the hallmarks of Sinn Fein, and I came across another example of this this week. Before the recent Assembly election, Sinn Fein organised a major electoral registration campaign across Northern Ireland. Thousands of people had been...
At 4pm on Monday, the deadline passed at Stormont and there was no agreement among the political parties in Northern Ireland. The responsibility for that impasse lies almost entirely at the door of Gerry Adams and the “hard men”.
In recent years, there has been a lot of talk about the past and it is one of the issues in the current political talks. There have been demands for greater transparency by the British Government, with some critics demanding that they open up all, or almost all, of their...
Nowadays, I often listen to BBC Radio 4 in the morning (sorry, Stephen Nolan). I find it very informative and recently I came across discussion about a report that had been published by the Adam Smith Institute.
Last Thursday was a black day for Ulster and for unionism, and many unionists were shocked by the result of what had been a brutal election. Over the weekend, I spoke to quite a number of unionists, who are not members of any political party, and there was a...
A lot of the current debate about an Irish Language Act is both futile and sterile.
Where Gerry Adams leads, Michelle O’Neill will follow, and what Gerry Adams says, she is sure to say it, too. Gerry Adams appointed her and she knows that only too well.
Of recent weeks, Gerry Adams seems to be spending a lot of time back in Northern Ireland and away from his constituency across the border. It’s a sign that there are problems and it’s also a sign that Adams is asserting his authority.
In recent weeks there has been a lot of talk by Gerry Adams and others about an Irish Language Act and it is one of their top political demands. But they rarely spell out what it really means and they never talk about the cost. Either they don’t know or they don’t want to admit it,...
In his rambling resignation letter on Monday, Martin McGuinness identified the key issues that led him to resign. As regards the DUP, his litany of grievances included equality, respect, a negativity towards nationalism and the Irish language. As regards Westminster, it was...
This Sunday afternoon Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams TD will be in Limerick for a special commemoration. Sinn Fein supporters will gather in the city centre and march out to the grave of Sean South at Mount St Lawrence Cemetery, where Adams will be the main speaker.
The non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) has certainly been in the news over the past few weeks. It has been the subject of many hours of radio and television broadcasting and many newspaper pages have been devoted to the controversy.
Right around the world carols and Christian hymns are sung as part of the Christmas celebrations. They are sung in churches and in schools, they are sung by adults and children, they are sung by choirs and congregations, they are sung by Protestants and Roman Catholics...
Have you noticed how much airtime, on both radio and television, is taken up these days with commentators and reviewers? I suspect that it is the result of two things.
Earlier this year, I was appointed to the Northern Ireland Policing Board, and it has been an interesting six months. For each of the board meetings, members can submit written questions for the Chief Constable, and they receive written answers that are tabled at the...
Charles Dickens wrote A Tale Of Two Cities, but this is “a tale of three memorials” — and all within two miles of each other in north Belfast.
Last week Presbyterian Moderator Frank Sellar visited north Belfast and then, on Thursday evening, he delivered the annual chaplaincy lecture at the Ulster University in York Street. The redevelopment of the York Street campus is a major investment in the city and it was,...
Donald Trump has certainly confounded the pollsters. This side of the Atlantic, they got it badly wrong over Brexit, and on the far side of the Atlantic, they got it badly wrong over the US presidential election.
The GAA has come forward with a new proposal for the redevelopment of Casement Park in west Belfast. This is the latest episode in what has become a very long-running saga and one that has still a long way to go.
Abortion is a contentious and controversial issue - and not just in Northern Ireland. The subject is featured regularly in the media and there are many campaigns and lobbying groups both for and against abortion. It has been debated in the Northern Ireland Assembly in...
Recently, the North Belfast News conducted a vox pop asking, “What do the people of north Belfast think about anti-social behaviour?” Six people were asked and their views varied from “It’s bad, I think something needs to be done about it” to “I don’t see much of it...
Early last month, I attended the Belfast Tattoo in the SSE Arena and it was a spectacular evening. There were several British military bands, as well as marching bands from Holland and the Irish Republic and a rich selection of bands from here in Northern Ireland.
Around 150 Irish republicans from both sides of the border gathered in Newry on Saturday, September 24 for the first ard fheis (conference) of a new republican party. There, in the luxury of the Canal Court Hotel, with its own leisure complex, they launched an organisation...
During an Assembly debate on Monday, September 12 about the “social housing selection scheme”, Gerry Carroll, the People Before Profit MLA for West Belfast, deviated from the central issue and turned his attention to social housing waiting lists in north Belfast.
In 1931, Sir Robert Baird, owner of the Belfast Telegraph, commissioned the Belfast-born artist William Conor to paint a mural entitled Ulster Past and Present.
Charlie Flanagan is a Fine Gael TD for Laois-Offaly and Minister for Foreign Affairs in the Irish Republic. Last weekend he delivered one of the keynote addresses at the British-Irish Association conference at Oxford University.
On June 6, 1975, British voters backed the United Kingdom’s continued membership of the European Economic Community. This was the first nationwide referendum in the country, and the majority of voters backed membership of the common market. I was one of those who...
In a recent court case, a Belfast republican admitted purchasing a mobile phone and vouchers linked to the discovery of a remote-controlled bomb in Ardoyne. Conal Corbett had already spent seven months on remand for four related offences, but for this offence he...
We are in the midst of a decade of centenaries and this year a great deal of attention has been focused on the Irish republican rebellion in Dublin and the Battle of the Somme. This decade will continue through to 2021 and the centenary of Northern Ireland.
Earlier this week, another Orange hall was the target for a sectarian arson attack. The little hall, at Salterstown in Co Londonderry, was badly damaged by the fire, and the lodge banner, collarettes and musical instruments belonging to a local band were destroyed in the...
The Ancient Order of Hibernians is a fraternal organisation for Roman Catholic men and, like many other fraternal organisations, it has lodges, in this case known as divisions, as well as regalia, ritual, passwords and processions.
Robert Gerard ‘Bobby’ Sands joined the Provisional IRA in 1972 at the age of 18, and the following year he was sentenced to five years in prison for an arms offence. He was released in April 1976 and then, in October 1976, he was one of a six-man team of IRA men who were...
The murder of an elderly Roman Catholic priest in a church in northern France has been one of the headline stories in the news over the past few days. The killing came in the wake of a series of terrorist atrocities in France and in Germany, and yet it somehow stood out.
The summer months are often described as the silly season, because some newspapers print a variety of frivolous stories and because there is less serious - and especially political - news around. However, this year there has been no lack of hard news, with the murderous...
Last week the inquiry into historical institutional abuse in Northern Ireland finished taking evidence and over the next six months Sir Anthony Hart and his two colleagues will write their report.
I have to confess that I am very fond of tomato ketchup - whether on a wide range of sandwiches, on chips, or even a fish supper. Now that may seem a strange way to start a newspaper column, but recently I came across an article about the origins of tomato ketchup.
The European Union referendum is over and the people of the United Kingdom have voted to leave the EU.
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...
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...
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.
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.
It is to be hoped the co-option of SDLP’s new man at City Hall isn’t sign party is going a shade greener in bid to reverse its ongoing electoral decline, says Nelson McCausland
That's another election over and I have had a week to reflect on it. Against the expectations and predictions of many pundits, the DUP took 29.2% of first-preference votes, held its 38 seats and emerged once again as the largest political party in Northern Ireland. Meanwhile,...
Other people in public life have been sacked or been forced to resign for using the N-word - but not the Sinn Fein president. Because his party has no shame, writes Nelson McCausland.
Ranks of men and women dressed in paramilitary uniforms and with their faces masked should not be allowed to march through the streets of west Belfast, or indeed any other part of Northern Ireland.
During the Second World War the factories and shipyards of Belfast made an important contribution to the war effort and so it was inevitable that the city would eventually become a target for the Luftwaffe during the bombing of the United Kingdom by Nazi Germany.
This is a year of centenaries and the primary focus has been on two events, the Irish republican rebellion in Dublin at Easter 1916 and the Battle of the Somme, which started on July 1, 1916.
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