Lock MLAs in room until they strike deal
Can I make a suggestion to Mr Brokenshire, (the Secretary of State)?
Can I make a suggestion to Mr Brokenshire, (the Secretary of State)?
Malachi O'Doherty's thinking (News, March 28) seems to be part of the problem local political parties have in thinking about Northern Ireland.
Now that the Stormont talks have ended, as expected, in a complete stalemate yet again, would it not be prudent, instead of wasting another £5m on another snap election, just to completely mothball Stormont altogether and reintroduce direct rule?
In the same week of the Westminster terrorist attack, a US-led coalition terrorist airstrike in Syria killed at least 33 people in a school near Raqqa.
The first three months of 2017 have brought an almost unprecedented level of uncertainty to the third sector here. With Brexit looming large and a crisis at Stormont adding further woe to an already precarious situation, the environment is challenging.
It has been fascinating to watch power struggles unfold within the UUP over the last 50-odd years. There are a couple of observations worth making.
As negotiations go on at Stormont about a possible agenda for government and Sinn Fein push a number of issues, I hope the DUP ensures equality for Ulster Scots language and culture.
I must take issue with Donald Gale (Write Back, March 27) when he talks about Fionola Meredith's "hiding behind the term foetus".
As I have recently retired, at the ripe old age of 86, I am now finding this growing obsession with making everything paperless and online rather ridiculous.
I was born into a Catholic family, but am in no way religious. My husband was born into a Protestant family and, like me, is in no way religious.
Darren McCluney: Our petition to the Government to stop their pay has over 2,000 supporters. Get signing, folks. Show them your disgust at their contempt towards us all.
The Paisley/McGuinness partnership worked in Northern Ireland because both men realised it was what the electorate wanted.
Bill Clinton has urged political parties to build on what they have achieved and return local governance (News, March 24), but this should include a review of the powers currently devolved to Stormont.
I felt physically sick when I watched newsreader George Alagiah’s sombre eulogy — in a tone more befitting the death of Mary Berry or the Queen — of remorseless terrorist Martin McGuinness on the BBC’s Six O’Clock News.
Reverend David Latimer of the Presbyterian Church spoke at Martin McGuinness's funeral service.
As an ex-RUC officer, I am shocked and outraged by the PSNI Chief Constable attending the funeral of Martin McGuinness.
John Wilson Foster talks about the deep disconnect in Northern Ireland that exists between politics and the people, suggesting that it is the citizens ourselves who perpetuate this unhealthy separation (Opinion, March 21).
As the death and life of Martin McGuinness have been debated ad nauseam, my own view of Mr McGuinness is that his path from terrorist to politician was an exercise in expedience.
Fionola Meredith (Comment, March 17) attacks the PSNI over their raid on premises suspected of holding abortion pills; meanwhile, money is donated to the Abortion Support Network to help women go to England to have their child killed lawfully.
Eileen Paisley's comparison of Martin McGuinness and the apostle Paul are clearly distortions of Biblical truth.
In life, Martin McGuinness was often genuinely respected outside of his own community, because it was recognised that he was largely sincere in trying to heal the terrors of the past and maintaining normal, cordial and practical relations between the long-suffering people in the north of the island.
In A Long Peace? The Future of Unionism in Northern Ireland, which I co-authored with Mick Fealty and David Steven in 2003, we concluded that for the Union to survive it required "a firmer, bolder, more far-sighted unionism" and that people must want the Union.
While the immense contribution of Martin McGuinness to the primacy of political action over paramilitary action must be acknowledged, I do not think he was entirely worthy of the present beatification process.
I note that David Ford MLA has once again submitted his case for legalising abortion, but only, as he claims, for cases of so-called "fatal foetal abnormality" - a condition which many health professionals say does not actually exist.
So, the Democratic Unionist Party, slow learners in the public relations forum, have woken up to the notion that the BBC might be somewhat biased. Well, hello.
I doubt very much if the reader who only writes the occasional letter to Letters to the Editor realises just how well-read that letter will be.
Unification is a very divisive word in Ireland, but perhaps we should look at the bigger picture.
Despite the emerging and variant views of Martin McGuinness appearing in the media, one aspect of this that resonated with me was the human side of his passing, having suffered with the rare degenerative disease that I also am being treated for: amyloidosis, which basically attacks all the vital organs of the body.
Much praise has been given - and rightly so - to the speech by Taoiseach Enda Kenny on St Patrick's Day in Washington.
It is obvious that the aspiration for a united Ireland will never be achieved while Northern Ireland remains disunited internally.
Generally, I leave politics to the politicians, but with the temporary suspension of the Assembly, I was a bit perplexed by the refusal of unionists to accept the recent invite to discuss the implications of Brexit in Dublin.
Martin O'Brien (Comment, March 17) is too unfocused in his vision of St Patrick being "a unifying figure in our struggle with the past".
The SNP say that Theresa May should not have the choice of delaying any proposed referendum until the results of Brexit are clear.
I sometimes despair at evangelical Christians like Colin Nevin (Write Back, March 3), who praised Donald Trump's speech at the joint meeting of Congress.
Charity give big thank you for collections
Too often, those politicians who describe themselves as "unionist" seem to have very peculiar ideas about what being a unionist is.
Commentators continue to interpret (or misinterpret) the results of the recent Assembly election according to their personal perspectives. But one fact is beyond debate.
As someone who doesn't want the United Kingdom to break up, I am tempted to advise the Scots that it is economic folly to leave a customs union and free trade market with your biggest export market; that no major economy trades on only WTO rules with its largest trading partners; that creating a hard land border on a island that has, for generations, allowed free movement has the effect of removing...
The weekend just past marked National Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Awareness Day across the UK.
Northern Ireland has now had 10 years of misrule by the DUP and Sinn Fein, as your recent correspondents pointed out.
Martina Anderson's absence of any sunny day sentiments over the Brexit border position (News, March 15) deserves our sympathy.
The letter (Write Back, March 7) by Tom Cooper in reply to my correspondence about IRA links to the Nazis contains inaccuracies that demand a response.
I was listening to the BBC Newsline when the camera moved to Martina Anderson speaking at the European Parliament.
No doubt, Martina Anderson thought her infantile outburst was eloquence personified and would act as her legacy.
I'm sick of the squabbling as to whether or not Scottish people want another independence referendum.
Among the St Patrick's Day parades around the world, some homosexual groups are marching. But what does Patrick say about homosexuality?
Unsurprisingly, Nicola Sturgeon has called for a second Scottish independence referendum.
With the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill finally receiving Royal Assent after going through both houses of Parliament, the Prime Minister, Theresa May, has finally been given the power, as expressed by the people of the United Kingdom in the referendum on June 23 last year, to invoke Article 50 and start the process of the UK leaving the European Union.
Unsurprising that Cadogan West (Write Back, March 13) correctly pointed out the complete futility of the Secretary of State calling yet another Assembly election if the present talks fail to reach an agreement.
"Oh! Pray do not whip your good horse anymore; I am sure he is doing all he can." So wrote Anna Sewell in her classic novel, Black Beauty.