God bless America... it's going to need it with one of these two at the helm
The madness started before the event even began.
The madness started before the event even began.
On Sunday, January 4, 1976, three masked men entered the home of the Reaveys, a Catholic family living at Whitecross in Co Armagh.
The SDLP's South Down MLA Colin McGrath summed it up well: "Private Member's Bills (PMBs) have been proven to be vital in shaping the Assembly (John McCallister), fighting human trafficking (Lord Morrow), meeting the needs of children (Steven Agnew) and other issues...
In June, on her most recent visit across the Irish Sea, the Queen opened a new platform at Bellarena railway station in Co Londonderry after arriving there by steam train, recreating the same journey that she first made a month after her coronation in 1953.
In that most touching of tributes to his new wife John McAreavey says: "Tara has shown me the beauty of life again, all the good things about life..."
The manner of the appointment of Stormont's new chief spin doctor leaves a lot to be desired in the context of the strict fair employment practices in Northern Ireland.
So why doesn’t he sue? People have been asking this for years, as allegations follow allegations about Gerry Adams. Last week’s Spotlight about the murder of Denis Donaldson reignited the debate once again.
The expected venue for the launch of a new dissident republican political party would be a community centre or social club in a traditional stronghold. But Saoradh was launched in Newry's swish Canal Court Hotel, an altogether more mainstream venue.
One of the strangest conversations that I had with Denis Donaldson was in his car on the Andersonstown Road. We were working on a Sinn Fein project together and he was collecting me from my parents' house.
When I visited Leeds this week, it was awash with young people getting their first taste of life away from home. It was like a city-wide festival: music was pumping out of all the bars, multi-coloured bunting was strung up between the trees, everyone seemed to have an ice-...
Gerry Adams and his supporters have always worked off a strategy. During the Troubles that was encapsulated in the Long War - essentially to wear down the Brits in an attritional terror campaign. Militarily, the IRA was unable to match the capacity of the British army but they...
Several questions arise from the BBC NI Spotlight programme on the murder of Denis Donaldson. Why did the IRA kill him? The easy answer is that it was executing an informer, as it had done many times before. But the war was over. The arms had been decommissioned.
Gerry Adams probably thought he was being clever when he finally admitted last week that "it isn't a question of if I will step down, it's a question of when".
Recently, the Lord Chief Justice criticised the failure of our local administration to provide the necessary funding for dealing with inquests related to the Troubles.
Novelists such as Graham Greene and John Le Carre have noted in the past that spying can produce exceptional works of literature. The American writer Philip Roth has even described Le Carre's autobiographical portrayal of the father-and-son duo in A Perfect Spy...
Say what you like about the appointment of David Gordon to his new post as Stormont Press secretary - and plenty of people already have - but at least we know what the former Nolan Show editor will be earning. Now that he's a public servant, Gordon's £75,000 annual...
It was a sunny summer's day at Slane Castle, Co Meath, the annual rock gig, with Freddie Mercury and Queen belting out their greatest hits. Tens of thousands of fans were in front of the stage, whereas I had the pleasure of a personal invitation from Henry Lord Mountcharles and...
It’s a pity that social media attract such a large number of bigots, hysterics and mischief makers, but maybe they are made less dangerous by having such a safety valve. Because I like to know what people who don’t have the chance to write in newspapers are thinking about, I...
Some might say that David Gordon, Stormont's new Executive Press secretary, has been hoist by his own petard.
Sometimes, I suspect, the ability of human beings to fool themselves with their own words over the Middle East is greater than the folly of war. One leads to another.
Nama’s failure to investigate its former adviser, Frank Cushnahan, is one of the more troubling aspects of the Project Eagle controversy.
It has only existed for three months, but in that time the official Opposition hasn't really amounted to very much. That's partly because the Assembly began the summer recess within a few weeks of the Opposition being formed, but also because, so far, what the UUP...
I'm not surprised that Dr Caroline Gannon, one of only two paediatric pathologists in Northern Ireland, has resigned. When you have to advise a couple to bring their dead baby home in a cooler box, following an abortion in England, it's easy to see how that could make your job...
At first, it seems like a radical expansion, a brave and open political gesture, opening a party to people who had no previous relationship with it, an extension of influence to the far-flung and the estranged. People in Northern Ireland will be able to join Fianna Fail, a party...
Over 20 years on since the first ceasefires, much has changed in Northern Ireland. But, despite huge progress in many areas, the spectre of paramilitarism still looms. Despite many men and women of violence turning their back on their evil deeds of the past and...
In February 1974, the Prime Minister, Edward Heath, called a snap election. This was only two months after the creation of the power-sharing Executive agreed at Sunningdale. The Executive had scarcely an opportunity to bed itself down as a cross-community administration...
Has civilisation not now, in 2016, finally reached a point where we can consign to history something which, like cock fighting and dunking witches in the village pond, has really, truly had its day?
Before long, the lesser black-backed gulls will depart our shores for wherever they spend their winter. Not a moment too soon. I am counting the days. For the first time in my life, I have become infuriated with a bird and do believe I could cheerfully throttle it.
Jonathan Adair lived in the shadow of his father. And the boy dubbed 'Mad Pup' also lived in the shadow of the gunman - just like 'Mad Dog'.
As a woman who doesn't have kids, my greatest pain this year has been thwacking my forehead slowly against my desk over female politicians' childless explanation stories. First Theresa May, then Nicola Sturgeon. Womb 101, I call it.
Other cultures honour the homelands of their national poets. In Northern Ireland, we build a huge road through them. It has just been announced that a £160m dual carriageway, part of the new A6 between Toomebridge and Castledawson, will slice through the...
For my generation it was terms like the flicks for the cinema, consumption and my father's insistence upon calling every business, pub and cinema that had been renamed, even if it had been renamed many times, by its original name that marked out the generations.
I was still at school in north Belfast on this day in 1986, probably procrastinating my way past an essay deadline, when BBC Northern Ireland launched a new daily radio programme which someone had the good sense to call Talkback.
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...
I used to work for the RUC. Not many people know that. It started when I was asked to take part in panel discussions the trainees at Garnerville in Holywood. I would often meet a Catholic priest and a member of a republican family there or a former loyalist prisoner.
Every year, the British Government releases secret papers relating to Northern Ireland under the 30-years rule, and as time goes by we get to know a little bit more about the truth behind the Troubles. It can be a fascinating insight into the workings of the direct rule administration.
Sometimes life brings harrowing blows. Belfast singer Brian Kennedy has just revealed that he is battling cancer - only days after his brother and fellow musician Bap Kennedy, locked in his own battle with pancreatic cancer, made public on his blog that he had been admitted to the...
I'm sick of hearing how Alan Hawe was a fantastic father, loving husband and all round pillar of society. For God's sake, he used a hatchet and knives to murder his wife and kids. Had he black or brown skin, had he been on the dole and living in a housing estate when...
Last week I wrote critically about Celtic fans responsible for a pro-Palestinian flag display at a match against an Israeli team. I would have been equally critical had Rangers flown Israeli flags during a match against Palestinians.
One day back in the 1970s my father came home from his work as a civil servant. He had a face on him, as my mother would say. "What's up now?" she inquired. "Paddy What's-it next door. Who on God's earth does he think he is? Isn't he only after goin' and taken up golf…"
The decision by Caterpillar to seek 200-250 redundancies as well as the potential closure of its plant at Monkstown is deeply disappointing.
As First Minister Arlene Foster officially opened the new offices of this newspaper yesterday it marked exactly 146 years from the date when the first Belfast Evening Telegraph was published by William and George Baird.
When I was young there were a lot more people who remembered the Second World War. They included my mother, who nursed in London through the Blitz, and my father, who worked with the 'Yanks' in Derry. And practically every other adult I met.
The retirement of Sue McAllister as the head of the Northern Ireland Prison Service has highlighted the whole issue of prison reform. Sue McAllister is stepping down in October after four constructive years in the post, having been appointed by the former Justice Miniser,...
There are few things in life that are more shocking than this. Or more incomprehensible. The murder of a wife and three children by the husband and father.
Once upon a time, if you saw a good-looking person on TV, you just turned to whoever was sitting next to you on the sofa, said "he's a bit of alright, isn't he?" or "she's not bad, eh?" and that was the end of it.
Revelations in this newspaper last week - that Ardoyne IRA veteran Brendan 'Bik' McFarlane received a royal pardon in connection with the Bayardo Bar massacre - highlights again the way Troubles history is being both rewritten and, in some cases, erased entirely.
Musa Qal'eh: its name means "fortress of Moses". To anyone who served there, Musa Qal'eh means intensive fighting, attacks with mortars, rockets, machine-guns and rifles, the feeling of being cut off and sheer exhaustion from the many firefights in which they were involved.
As someone who served at the coal-face of anti-terror policing through practically all of the Troubles and who was forced into early retirement as a result of the corrosive effect of long-term exposure to stress, I was disappointed at the remarks this week by the Chief Constable...
A man has been charged in New York with the shooting dead of an imam and his friend in the city earlier this month.