Ruth Dudley Edwards: Open letter to Mrs O'Neill - being opposed to republicans does not...
Party is following the template of Orwell's 1984 in 'drive against bigotry', writes Ruth Dudley Edwards.
Party is following the template of Orwell's 1984 in 'drive against bigotry', writes Ruth Dudley Edwards.
In my home state of California, an iconic road runs along the spine of the Santa Monica mountains, offering panoramic views of downtown Los Angeles, the San Fernando Valley, and west towards the Pacific Ocean. Regarded as one of America's most scenic routes, Mulholland Drive...
Why bother voting? No doubt, that thought has occurred to many people in the run-up to this year's election. Indeed, nearly half of people didn't bother voting at all last year. Possibly as many, or more, will make the same decision on March 2.
Stormont has never been held in high esteem by the general public - £5 land deals, Red Sky, Nama, expenses scandals, Social Investment Fund slush fund and now 'cash for ash', the biggest financial scandal ever to rock devolution.
It's been eight months and a day since we did it and I still can't stop smiling at the memory.
Michelle O’Neill and Peter Doran represent a new generation, but old questions remain, says Nelson McCausland.
The DUP have not lived up to the basic tenets of good governance, says Michelle O'Neill. Agreements must be honoured by all sides.
During the Troubles, the period leading up to elections - be they for Westminster, local councils or the doomed Prior Assembly of the 1980s - were always a dangerous time in Northern Ireland.
Mike Nesbitt was very courageous in publicly saying that he would transfer his vote, after voting for his UUP colleagues, to the SDLP candidate in his home constituency of East Belfast.
By declaring that he would cast a second vote for the SDLP candidate, Mike Nesbitt has performed an extraordinary, possibly unique, and hazardous manoeuvre. He has taken his finger out of the plug-hole in one of the dykes that most of us in Northern Ireland rely on to keep...
In a conventional democracy, money lies at the very heart of the pitches that politicians make during their campaigning for votes at election times: how to raise it; how to spend it.
There are few more satisfying sights than that of self-righteous paragons of virtue being hoist by their own petard.
West Belfast has a mythological importance for republicans. The area is spoken of with a reverence that Pearse and the earlier generation of republicans had for the west of Ireland. They had a sense that the simple people of the wild coast were the touchstone of authentic...
The latest statistics from the Electoral Reform Society showing that just 4% of Catholics would give their first-preference vote to a unionist party and 2% of Protestants to a nationalist candidate could be interpreted as depressing.
Only in Northern Ireland, surely, would politicians struggling to bridge deep-rooted divisions in their community rush to create yet another one.
In days gone by young riders out on their first fox hunt would traditionally go through an informal ceremony known as a blooding, in which the gore of the first animal they ever helped to kill was smeared on their cheeks or forehead like warpaint on a tribal warrior.
A lot of the current debate about an Irish Language Act is both futile and sterile.
After reading last week about a pole being erected with a Union flag flying from it in the centre of Magherafelt before being cut down, I looked outside my door to check what year it was. I was almost expecting to see a DeLorean-made DMC-12 car in the driveway and a...
Despite Arlene Foster's softer words and more conciliatory tone at the weekend, she has previously designated this election as being "brutal" and has ensured that it will be just that with her harsh language and appalling disrespect for Irish nationalism through her contemptuous...
Mike Nesbitt has done something truly extraordinary for a unionist leader. Bolt-from-the-blue extraordinary. He has said that his first transfer - having voted for the UUP candidate in East Belfast (where he supported a pact in 2015 to stop Alliance) - will be to the SDLP...
Almost 20 years after the Belfast Agreement, it says so much about how strong tribal politics remain in Northern Ireland that the very idea of unionist voters transferring to a nationalist party is headline news.
Dr Morris Fraser is a career paedophile whose abuse of boys was detected in 1971, but whose position as a doctor, after four abuse convictions, ended voluntarily in 1995. Why was he not stopped when the RUC confirmed Fraser's abuse in October 1971? Sir Anthony Hart's...
In many quarters, Irish premier Eamon de Valera's signing of the book of condolences at the German embassy after the suicide of Adolf Hitler in 1945 was not well-received. As the months and years passed and the full horrors of Nazism became apparent, it became an ever-larger...
Every time I read about families desperate that the murderers of their loved ones be brought to justice, I think of the brave men and women who pursued the bombers of Omagh who wrecked their lives in August 1998.
It's not that I have any strong feelings about the Irish language one way or another. Even at the height of the Troubles, I never learned a word of it in my Catholic school in the middle of a loyalist area of north Belfast.
Whenever commentators and politicians discuss the likelihood of the return of political violence to Northern Ireland, they tend to say the same things. The conditions are not the same now. Nationalists are no longer a minority discriminated against. The leadership of militant...
Last week, there was some media coverage of the shocking comments made by a Scottish National Party politician about the murders of three young Scottish soldiers at White Brae, on the northern outskirts of Belfast, in March 1971.
The Freedom of Belfast, the highest honour the city council can bestow, has been awarded to a stellar list of high-achievers, including Sir Van Morrison, John Hewitt and Dame Mary Peters. Sir Winston Churchill is another individual recipient.
Education, along with health, is always a hot political topic, and this year's Stormont election can be expected to prove this yet again.
Few people will be acquainted with an unassuming hero for the disabled, the Conservative peer Lord Kevin Shinkwin. He is a rather unusual looking, smallish man, who was born disabled. The explanation for his physical unusualness is a congenital disorder called...
So, is that it, then? There will be no more inquiries, or investigations, into the Kincora scandal following Sir Anthony Hart's final report for the Historical Institutional Abuse (HIA) inquiry. Yes, the under-pressure Royal Ulster Constabulary was "inept", according to Sir Anthony, in...
Policing, like all other critical front line public services, has had to deliver significant efficiencies which, more often than not, translates into fewer police numbers.
On Thursday, the government published its Brexit White Paper, setting out 12 high-level principles intended to provide a framework for the UK's negotiations with the remaining 27 Member States of the European Union.
Just imagine if a mainstream publication in Northern Ireland put one of our politicians with a sniper's target over their head on its front cover.
More than 3,600 people lost their lives during the Troubles. Each loss scarred families, friends, communities and colleagues. Each death was a tragedy for the family concerned. Many thousands more were injured, often in ways that changed their lives forever.
An ordinary looking bloke walking down the street in his pyjamas bumps into a very pretty blonde girl in a sharp suit and killer heels. She invites him in for a coffee...
At the end of last year Secretary of State for Defence Sir Michael Fallon announced that the Fort George military base near Inverness will close by 2032 as part of a restructuring of the MoD's estate. The decision was made despite ferocious opposition from locals, former soldiers...
The Conservative Secretary of State James Brokenshire will need to do more than attend a Dr McKenna Cup GAA football final in Newry if he is to restore any sense of political balance in his tenure here.
There are people who live and breathe the paramilitary life. You think they are only really republicans, or loyalists, when they are among their associates in the pub, when they are marching in a parade, or commemoration, when they are drilled in prison, or standing at the...
Last week, I was a guest speaker at Sinn Fein's Irish unity conference in Dublin; there, as I told the 600-strong audience, as "an unashamed, unambiguous, unembarrassed unionist". Not an easy audience for me, perhaps, but as a political commentator and columnist, I believe...
Enda Kenny was clear and convincing when he said more than a year ago that he had no intention of sharing power in the Dail with Sinn Fein. He said that they were not a real party aspiring to power, but a party of protest.
Consigned to a destiny over which they no longer have any power, or influence. Sinking to their knees in resignation. Thudding their fists against impenetrable glass. Dramatic? Yes - but such is the depth of desperate voicelessness suffered by all the devolved nations, which...
Looking back now after eight years of the new form of assessment, when every single pupil in every grammar school has been selected through the new independent system run by AQE and PPTC, it is hard to credit the resourcefulness, courage and determination of those who...
Holding Holocaust services in Northern Ireland may seem strange to some. After all, the Holocaust - the systematic destruction of European Jewry - occurred in far away places, with strange-sounding names (Auschwitz, Treblinka, Bergen-Belsen). The Nazis never came to...
As 2017 begins, parents across Northern Ireland will be thinking about prospective post-primary schools for their children.
If ever an Ulster Unionist leader had a chance to reverse the losses of his party, it is now. Mike Nesbitt is presented with the political opportunity of a lifetime by Arlene Foster and the DUP's inept handling of the RHI scandal.
While the Supreme Court's decision - forcing Theresa May to win a parliamentary majority before she can trigger Article 50 - didn't come as a huge surprise to her, it still muddies the waters.
Martin McGuinness and Ian Paisley were nicknamed the "Chuckle Brothers", but they had more in common than their chuckling. Just as there were two Rev Ian Paisleys, there were two Martin McGuinnesses: one was bad and one was good.
The referendum on leaving the EU continues to reverberate through the political and legal system. Although a 51.9% majority voted to leave the bloc, majorities in both Scotland (62%) and Northern Ireland (55.8%) voted to remain.
The Supreme Court's majority decision stating that the UK government cannot trigger Article 50 without an Act of Parliament is a welcome affirmation of Parliamentary sovereignty. MPs from across the UK, together with peers in the House of Lords, will now legislate to...
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