In the past three years there has been a range of opinion polls suggesting that support for a united Ireland within the Northern Ireland population is anything between 13% and 48%. Likewise, polls have suggested the support for a united Ireland among the Republic's voters is anything between 60% and 80%.
Speaking at the launch of a new report (Sectarianism: The Key Facts) at Stormont last Monday, Mike Nesbitt spoke about his own experiences: "A more recent memory is a couple of years ago, when I was leader of the (Ulster) Unionist Party, and I said I would give a preference vote in the 2017 election to the SDLP and, figuratively, I was burned out of office by some rather sectarian reaction from the unionist community."
The declining number of Catholic police officers in the PSNI has led to a recent recruitment drive by the organisation in a bid to encourage new recruits, particularly from a Catholic background.
It was a sight guaranteed to strike fear into the heart of a young reporter... returning to the office to find a yellow post-it note stuck to your keyboard and bearing a two word summons - 'Fone Harry'.
The legend of Harry Gregg, his Manchester United and Northern Ireland career, and, of course, Munich, have been well documented in the multitude of tributes following his overnight passing, after a period of illness, aged 87.
Ireland is the latest recipient of a political pandemic which has swept across the Western world. The origins of this virus can be traced to the proprietor of Trump Tower on New York's Fifth Avenue. He carried it to the White House in Washington after he had infected a majority of the American electorate, surprising even himself by winning the last US presidential election.
As Minister for Communities in a new Executive, I intend to deliver on the commitments in the New Decade, New Approach agreement to achieve a fair and compassionate society that supports working families and protects the most vulnerable.
The political scene is transforming around us at huge pace, with Scottish, English and Irish fist-pumping nationalism on the rise, leaving Northern Irish Protestants feeling buffeted by external forces. It's true that Brexit put the border literally on the line, leading Leo Varadkar to duly respectabilise the notion of a united Ireland, but the Decade of the Centenaries has also given a renewed shot in the arm to overzealous peddlers of the past.
As the number of confirmed infections breaches 40,000, leaving behind 1,000 deaths in its wake, the novel coronavirus has been branded "Public Enemy Number One" by the World Health Organisation and more of a threat than terrorism.
The outcome of the Republic of Ireland elections is a matter for the people of that jurisdiction. When a new government is formed, we will work constructively on matters of mutual concern to ensure Northern Ireland keeps moving forward with more jobs and better schools and hospitals.
Sinn Fein, understandably, had a good election in the Republic of Ireland, but now they'll have to stand by commitments made in the Irish general election campaign, bearing in mind that they never expected to get close to getting into government when they wrote their manifesto.
It's great to be busy doing deals. It creates an energy within our teams and injects confidence into the market. However, we recognise our success is built upon the drive and ambition of our clients, so for Northern Ireland to record an uplift in activity, given the particular challenges and period of uncertainty experienced by local companies, makes 2019 all the more remarkable.
Only the bitter and shortsighted would try to take away from what was a stunning performance by Sinn Fein in the Irish general election. Their victory doesn't threaten Irish democracy. It certainly bears no resemblance to the rise of fascism, or National Socialism, in the 1930s.
Conor Murphy's public apology to the parents of Paul Quinn - for branding him a common criminal and effectively exonerating the brutal IRA mob who beat him to death - is vindication for a mother's enduring love for a child brutally taken from her in the prime of his life.
Like a flash of lightning, the leaders' debate on RTE 1 on Tuesday night lit up one of the darkest hours in the recent history of this country. Present in the TV studio were Micheal Martin of Fianna Fail, Mary Lou McDonald of Sinn Fein and Leo Varadkar of Fine Gael.
“Wisdom is oftentimes nearer when we stoop than we soar.” William Wordsworth. Appropriate maybe that it was an Englishman who uttered those words. This avenue of thought has nothing to do with the win against Scotland or the unimpressive manner of it. Am I alone in thinking that we may not have picked the right Englishman to coach our national team?
The courageous stand of Breege Quinn, not just in the last few days but over the past 13 years, as anyone who has followed her activity on social media will know, is an indictment of a political class and a compliant media who have invested so much in a process which requires victims be ignored in order for it to survive.
The most basic form of human empathy is that when a family is grieving, you most certainly do not compound their grief, particularly when someone receives a death so horrific, it shocks everyone to the core.
Seamus Mallon had this to say about Gerry Adams, who is adulated by Mary Lou McDonald and Sinn Fein: "I just can't be in the same room with him. I don't want to be. There is just something about him that I recoil from. He has his hand in too many awful events."
One thing that has taken me a bit by surprise is the speed at which climate change has moved front and centre in economics. By-and-large, the environment and global warming were niche issues in business and financial debate. This was even the case early in 2019.
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