Nelson McCausland: Nationalist venerated by GAA clubs was a supporter of the slave trade
If republicans are so eager to tear down statues of haters, why not start with racist John Mitchel?
If republicans are so eager to tear down statues of haters, why not start with racist John Mitchel?
A photograph of two young drug users slumped in a Belfast subway was shocking, but it was the social media reaction that really horrified Fionola Meredith.
When 63% of a normal month's rainfall pours out of the sky in eight hours, it is inevitable that severe damage and threat to life will follow. That was the scenario in parts of Northern Ireland on Wednesday night and it is indeed fortunate that no fatalities or...
George G Klein wouldn't be the first person to exaggerate their role in some event or other, especially if it showed them in a good light. But George didn't tell a white lie - his was a whopper saying he was part of a group of soldiers who took part in one of the bloodiest battles of D-Day in World War Two. Instead he was safely training in Kilkeel awaiting...
Warnings of the impact of the proposed £70 million cut to hospital budgets will unite people across our traditional political divide in deep concern.
As memorials to generals who fought for the pro-slavery Confederates during the American Civil War continue to topple like dominoes across the southern United States, it's only a matter of time before some politically correct smart alec in Northern...
Why is it that human beings invariably think they can settle their differences by killing one another? From Ireland to India and beyond, we have this common experience of murdering each other whenever we cannot manage our differences in a civilised fashion.
It would be an exaggeration to say that I knew Diana, Princess of Wales, but I met her, and it later transpired that she read what I wrote. Or maybe she just read the reports about herself, for she said to the editor of The Daily Telegraph (as he recounted...
I was looking at dead people on Las Ramblas presumably before their loved ones even knew they were dead. In my defence, I stopped looking once I realised what it was. Many people's understandable response to anything these days is to whip out the phone and...
The call from Sinn Fein to the Secretary of State for the urgent resumption of Stormont talks is timely. The trouble, of course, is knowing whether or not it is yet another republican tactic to wrong-foot the DUP.
I had an HM Bateman moment last month at the West Cork History Festival when in response to a question about the rise of English nationalism I said I had voted for Brexit. The shocked faces reminded me of the great cartoonist’s famous series ‘The Man...
Two leading American preachers will give the keynote addresses at the Presbyterian Church's special assembly which is taking place in Coleraine next week.
In Fahrenheit 451, science fiction writer Ray Bradbury imagined a future America in which firemen, far from putting out flames, were ordered instead to start them.
When a woman gets raped, the entire responsibility for that horrific act lies with the rapist. It is never, ever the victim's fault, no matter what she's doing, saying or wearing.
The attack in Barcelona yesterday is the latest in a series of terrorist atrocities in Europe using vehicles to kill pedestrians in the continent's largest cities.
As A-level results are published today, there will be thousands of students who will either feel they have achieved their desired results or who have fallen short.
This week has brought a degree of much-needed clarity on the UK's proposals and ideas for its exit from the EU, with a number of Government position papers published. One is specifically on Northern Ireland and Ireland, while another - on the UK's wider...
The very word "Brexit" seems to trigger such an emotive response in even the most discerning minds that rational debate on this crucial issue remains impossible. For example, friends and admirers of Professor John Wilson Foster - and I have for years happily been...
There is little doubt that the new Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, is keen to make his mark in a very dramatic way.
The greed of some of the European Union grandees did not get the bad publicity it deserves, largely because everything else has been dominated by the Trump-Kim Jong Un ferocious war of words over North Korea.
Last week I wrote in defence of Kevin Myers, a writer of great talent and courage who has been one of the few in Ireland who often reminded his readers of the horrors of the Holocaust and consistently defended Israel against its enemies. People who...
The European Council has given an unusual playing card to the UK government by stating an openness to 'flexible and imaginative solutions' for managing the Irish border after Brexit.
Psst, Arlene. Want a way to silence your critics, generate massive public goodwill and completely wrong-foot the opportunistic virtue-signallers in Sinn Fein?
A downbeat Tom Waits rasps: "The ship is sinking," but "God's away on business". His ominous tidings come to mind when I ponder the state of the Union on this side of the water.
A year ago, partly due to public pressure, the Assembly introduced the most stringent animal cruelty penalties in the UK.
The Nolan Show has made good mileage this week in its circular debate over treating electric bicycles in the same way as motorcycles under the present driving licence legislation.
The local branch has been rocked by mass resignations of committee members. Former party secretary Kathryn Johnston explains how vicious online trolls drove her out.
As speculation continues over the future direction of Brexit talks, the Taoiseach has revealed a keen awareness of the sensitivities of its impact here, writes Henry McDonald.
Last week we saw a victory for diversity, inclusivity and tolerance.
Where I live in Drogheda, the north - perhaps because it is felt to be consumed by its own history - is treated in kind.
To us in Northern Ireland, the Antrim coast road is one of the great scenic drives in the UK, but as The One Show pointed out last night, it is not particularly well known in the other regions. That gap in their knowledge should be filled this week as the BBC evening flagship show will spend each day visiting a different town or village along the route.
Dry-as-dust Chancellor Philip Hammond is almost certainly unwittingly creating consternation in the parliamentary Conservative Party - including some of his Cabinet colleagues - by appearing to dilute plans for Britain's exit from the EU.
Patrick Kielty used to have a lot of fun at the IRA's expense. When the peace process took hold in the mid-1990s the stand-up comedian from Co Down (whose father was murdered by loyalist gunmen) had a routine in which he mocked Irish republicans' tendency to split...
Members of the public confidently expect that when they ring 999 in a medical emergency an ambulance will be despatched to them within a short period of time. That seems the natural reaction from one of the emergency services and certainly is the picture...
Donald Gale (Write Back, August 1) believes that God intended personhood to begin at conception. But, even if there were a god, there is no obvious reason why this should be so.
The first visit to Northern Ireland by new Taoiseach Leo Varadkar certainly made an impression on different levels, and its importance was underlined by the impressive turnout of civic leaders and politicians at Queen's University when he made a major speech there on the Brexit implications for all of us.
“Massed self-righteousness is an ugly animal, and it invariably spawns an uglier beast still — the lynch mob. Listen: can’t you hear its baying in the wind?”
Madonna has been wrong about many things over the years. Her belief that "only love" can defeat terrorism, for example. Strong security definitely helps too.
Was Channel 4 right to broadcast what have become notorious tapes of Diana speaking candidly — and privately — about her life? The pragmatic answer to that has to be, on balance, yes. They were an invasion of privacy, their acquisition might be regarded as an act...
Over the years I've had plenty of rows on Twitter with evangelical Christians and DUP members, mostly about marriage equality. I've written heated words in this very newspaper. The one thing I've learned is that you can't shift people from their positions by...
Leo Varadkar rounded on the Brits about Brexit last Friday week.
I can perfectly well understand why Jeremy Corbyn, who seems to me to be a rather proud and stubborn man, is reluctant to dance every time the Murdoch Press, or the Daily Mail, tells him to. He owes them nothing and is shrewd enough to know the games...
The DUP objects to a "sea border" as the answer to the problem of a "hard" land border, but provides no coherent solution of its own. If the UK leaves the EU and customs union, a hard border is inevitable as the EU's new frontier. The key question is: where?
One of the first points made by EU negotiators as they prepared to engage with the UK over Brexit was the special position of Northern Ireland and the need to protect the spirit as well as the letter of the Good Friday Agreement in order to ensure the peace process is not damaged.
The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, has officially retired at the age of 96 after 65 years of royal engagements. Apart from his wife the Queen, it is a period of public service unlikely to be equalled.
There is an interesting conversation in Act 5 Scene 2 of William Shakespeare’s play The Winter’s Tale. One of the characters asks: “The news, Rogero?” And the second character replies: “Nothing but bonfires.”
Two loyalist ex-prisoners with growing reputations as artists will present their work Thursday night in west Belfast.
If he does nothing else, the new Irish leader deserves undying gratitude simply for increasing the usual narrow range of expectations imposed on gay people when it comes to picking sides in politics.
On the day the BBC published the salaries of its top earners, Gary Lineker joked about needing a "tin helmet". The Match Of The Day presenter seems to have survived okay. However, it seems likely that the Beeb itself will be in the firing line for some time yet.
The death of Baby Charlie Gard last Friday, though not unexpected, was still a profoundly sad event. When you look at the beautiful photographs of Charlie, you can understand the deep love that his father, Chris Gard, and his mother, Connie Yates, had for their...
Today's special on the menu at Restaurant Brexit - American-style chicken ... "Whole chicken lavishly coated in a sumptuous chlorine sauce, accompanied by US-farmed beef infused with piquant antibiotics and drizzled with our own-recipe hormone jus.
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