Tag: northern ireland

20 years after Good Friday Agreement: ‘Peace process’ in crisis

20 years after Good Friday Agreement: ‘Peace process’ in crisis

Orange and Green politics offer no way forward This January marked the anniversary of Martin McGuinness’ resignation as Deputy First Minister and the subsequent collapse of the Stormont Executive in the midst of the RHI scandal which exposed significant issues of corruption at the heart of the institutions, particularly involving […]

Row Over Bonfires Threatens to Set Sectarian Conflict Alight

In the late 1970s, a British minister let the cat out of the bag when he admitted that his government’s aim was an “acceptable level of violence”. Today the undeclared aims of the peace process are an acceptable level of sectarian division and of sectarian conflict. Thus, great efforts are […]

"Jim Wells is not the victim"

"Jim Wells is not the victim"

Fight4Equality Campaign Says “Jim Wells is Not the Victim” The Fight4Equality campaign has responded angrily to former Health Minister Jim Wells’ attempt to clear his name regarding homophobic comments made at a hustings event in Downpatrick. Mr Wells claims that a video of him speaking at the event which was […]

Agreeing Not To Agree, Again – The Stormont House Agreement

Agreeing Not To Agree, Again – The Stormont House Agreement

On December 23rd the five Executive parties and the British and Irish governments signed off on the “Stormont House Agreement”. The Agreement came at the end of eleven weeks of intense negotiations which concluded with 30 hours of continuous talks. First Minister Peter Robinson has stated that the agreement is […]

Ian Paisley: peacemaker or warmonger?

How will Ian Paisley, who has died at the age of 88, be remembered? As the firebrand preacher who stoked the fires of conflict in Northern Ireland or as a peacemaker and the partner in government of Martin McGuinness? Many people struggle to make sense of what appear to be […]

Gerry Conlon – victim of capitalist repression & fighter

The death of Gerry Conlon in Belfast has been met with mass sympathy across the world as people are reminded of the vile injustice of the British capitalist state against the Guildford Four and the Maguire Seven. Conlon and three other Irish immigrants were arrested by police following the IRA […]

Elections show mass disillusionment with main parties

The local and European elections in Northern Ireland has shown a deep disillusionment with the main parties and what constitutes politics. For most people, the elections had very little to do with their own lives and took very little interest. This was reflected in turnout which was lower than the […]