Brave Mairia Cahill has every right to reject empty apology from the Sinn Fein leadership
Mary Lou McDonald ignored the facts of the abuse and subsequent IRA investigation, says Alban Maginness
Mary Lou McDonald ignored the facts of the abuse and subsequent IRA investigation, says Alban Maginness
The donation of £500,000 by Primark to be distributed to businesses in Belfast city centre affected by the fire which destroyed the retailer's Bank Buildings premises is a tremendous gesture.
On BBC Panorama, the Prime Minister said: "The people of Northern Ireland deserve to be listened to in these negotiations by the UK as people elsewhere in the country, and it's important that we deliver for the people of Northern Ireland."
Hardly a day goes past without fresh evidence that the National Health Service is under severe strain through increasing demand from patients and insufficient resources to provide all the required services.
I have vague memories of shopping in Belfast in the 1970s and 1980s with the security checkpoints at the top of Donegall Place and the Army and police as they patrolled the city. It didn't bother me at all. It just 'was'; and I didn't know any different.
Who on earth do Boris Johnson and his followers think they are kidding when they say they are merely trying to kill off the Chequers proposals for Brexit, and not to topple the Prime Minister?
Michael and Marie Cafolla are living through every parent's nightmare. Their 22-year-old son Thomas is not responding to treatment for his form of cancer as well as was hoped, and now needs a stem cell transplant.
Freshers' Week, the start of the new university year, is a time of dread for the residents of the Holylands area of south Belfast, and with good reason. It is a time when students, many of them away from home for the first time, forget all the normal rules of...
Last week the Chief Constable revealed an assessment about the level of violence here which alarmed many people. Mostly, though, the remarks were taken as a warning about the potential impact of Brexit on security, that is, the idea that a renewed focus on 'the...
It was some time in 2016 that a farmer friend from west of the Bann urged me to take an interest in RHI (Renewable Heat Incentive), which he said had been deplorably exploited by DUP supporters in Fermanagh.
When Valerie Watts said there were 1,800 unfilled posts across the health service, she described the situation as "extremely challenging".
Once again the health service here is making headlines for the wrong reasons as it emerges there are 5,654 vacancies, and the number of unfilled posts has increased by a shocking 53% in only 12 months.
My friend Liam Kennedy is right to see our political polarisation as having accelerated in recent years. His two "big beasts" - Sinn Fein and the DUP - have, during a famine, divided the kill, consigning other creatures to starvation.
There's no mistaking that the weather has taken a definite autumnal turn this week. We may only be a matter of weeks into September but already the temperatures have gone down, the central heating has been turned up and filling hot water bottles for everyone in...
It's been a week of tantrums and tears, meltdowns and madness. And mounting evidence that adults are the new infants. Over we go first to the US Open where tennis diva Serena Williams kicked off (literally) an action-packed few days by smashing up a racquet...
It reads like a political satire written by someone with a very vivid imagination, but in fact it is a documentary of the real-life workings of the devolved administration at Stormont - or at least that part of it involving the DUP and its handling of the ill-fated RHI green...
As Northern Ireland agonises over what sacrifices might come with a hard exit from the EU, Macedonians are haggling with themselves over the admission price they'll have to pay for entry to the club.
Almost two years ago, the Lord Chief Justice in Northern Ireland, Sir Declan Morgan, urged the Stormont Executive and the Government sitting at Westminster to give £10m for a five-year programme to deal with legacy inquests into some of the most controversial...
WHO is steering Northern Ireland? The Secretary of State seems pleasant but as unwilling to take control as her predecessor was. Perhaps that is the instruction from Westminster, concerned not to upset the DUP on one hand and Sinn Fein and the Irish...
I've heard this particular sexist remark so many times in my life, and always from random male strangers. "Cheer up, love. It'll never happen." On the most recent occasion it happened while I was waiting to take part in a radio broadcast. I'm sitting there in the...
Public transport in Northern Ireland remains a troubled issue, with a significant number of passengers and potential passengers expressing concerns about timetables, the availability of buses, fares, and other aspects of the services.
it is distressing and distasteful to learn that a thief, whose identity is as yet unknown, stole a charity box for the young cancer victim Cameron Truesdale, who died last week.
We have lived with a "negative peace" for 20 years. As a society, we appear more polarised than ever, the optimism of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement having long since evaporated.
The RHI inquiry is ongoing and the headlines are often devoted to what is seen as sensational, or unsavoury, especially if it can be attached to a politician. There is still much that is disputed and that is why I have refrained from commenting. I believe we are best...
So two decades after shutting its doors in June 1998, Belfast's Crumlin Road Courthouse is to get a new lease of life as a top-class hotel, where guests pay for the privilege of staying - although unlike the previous 148 years, not at Her Majesty's pleasure.
The Police Ombudsman has delivered a damning verdict on how the PSNI handled reports of alleged child abuse.
Crumlin Road Courthouse in Belfast is one of the city's most iconic buildings and plans to turn it into a hotel could save it from total dereliction. Since closing in 1998 it has been damaged by arsonists, as well as subjected to normal decay.
Treat others the way you’d want to be treated yourself is what my father drummed into me. It is about tolerating different views, honesty, decency, lawfulness and resisting bullies. In the context of the legacy of our past, when I look back on the headlines and...
Nothing is ever simple in the reign of President Trump. A mere few hours after the Taoiseach's office announced that the president's planned trip to the Republic in November had been postponed, we then hear from a White House spokesperson who said no final...
The claim that DUP minister Jonathan Bell was so drunk that he was asked to leave a New York bar has dominated media coverage of his former special adviser's evidence to the RHI Inquiry.
Nowhere has the goodwill towards both parts of this island been better demonstrated than in the European Parliament through its funding to cement the peace process. This has been ongoing since 1989 when the ending of violence was still very uncertain.
One of the most disturbing features of the political impasse at Stormont is the widespread complacency that exists among ordinary citizens.
Every parent wants their child to do well at school. Some will be academically gifted, while others will not; yet each child should be given an opportunity to strive to better themselves and achieve all they can.
Boris Johnson has rapidly morphed from being Westminster's own in-house buffoon to becoming a dangerous political hatchet man. If his brutal 'suicide vest' attack on the Prime Minister's Chequers proposals for Brexit is not a barefaced attempt to oust her from power,...
After 19 years of marriage, the Beckhams have become adept at repudiating even a suggestion of matrimonial doom. After a particularly nasty set of rumours abounded during the summer that their marriage was ending, they were compelled to issue...
The creation of the new A5 Western Transport Corridor looks like a work in progress. And it certainly eats up public money like a work in progress. Since 2007, almost £80m has been spent on the project. Yet not a single yard of tarmac has been laid.
John Hume is rightly recognised as a political colossus on the Irish political stage and the primary figure in the peace process. But behind him every step of the way was his remarkable wife Pat, who from the 1960s to the signing of the Good Friday Agreement in...
Pope Francis woke up in Dublin to the shock news that the man who was for three years his nuncio, or ambassador, to the United States had, overnight, called for his resignation for allegedly covering up sex abuse by Theodore McCarrick, the former US cardinal and ex-...
My fellow columnist Fionola Meredith produced here on Friday an admirable and entertaining evisceration of the sanctimonious virtue-signalling in Ireland over the proposed visit in November of Donald Trump.
Everybody knows that good school teachers are worth their weight in gold, and this certainly applies to Lorainne Pendleton.
All law-abiding people will be aghast at the saga of child killer John Clifford, who is still on the run eight days after absconding on a mobility scooter. This is a farce, but it is also alarming.
The latest revelations emanating from the costly Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) Inquiry resemble a pantomime farce and only reinforce the view that Northern Ireland politicians, especially in the DUP, are totally unfit to govern.
The only thing worse than Donald Trump coming to Ireland in November will be the anti-Trump reaction it generates. Going by the shrieks and howls of agonised rage that have been brought on by the idea - the very idea - of The Donald jetting in to the west coast...
Any impresario trying to bill the RHI inquiry would be spoiled for choice. It is undoubtedly a drama about a scheme which racked up a huge debt in public money.
The news that the Secretary of State is finally going to cut the salaries of MLAs calls to mind the old joke from the Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington courtroom drama Philadelphia: "What do you call a thousand lawyers chained together at the bottom of the...
Tough times for MLAs. They'll soon be receiving a mere 25% more than the average UK salary for not turning up for work.
Earlier this week an influential think tank recommended that Northern Ireland should be allowed to raise its own taxes, help administer a £10bn fund to boost regional economies and run its own immigration policy.
It's now more than 11 years since the Northern Ireland Executive agreed to proceed with a plan to build a new A5 dual carriageway between Londonderry and the border at Aughnacloy.
Good news at last on the political front. Veteran UTV journalist Ken Reid, who has been undergoing treatment for cancer since last November, is returning to his beat.
When you hear a politician in Northern Ireland declare a commitment to the full implementation of the Good Friday Agreement, allow yourself to scoff. None of those who speak about the Agreement as if it is holy writ cares to implement paragraph 34. That clause...
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