Why integrated education should be non-negotiable in Northern Ireland

OPINION How to bring together a community divided by civil war is a long, arduous and difficult process with no clear blueprint or one-size-fits-all remedy. However, there are certain policies a government can take that would be conducive to reconciling one section of its society with another. One such measure that seems blindingly obvious to me … Continue reading Why integrated education should be non-negotiable in Northern Ireland

An unholy legacy: the Mother and Baby Homes report reminds Ireland that the Catholic Church has blood on its hands

OPINION On the 12th of January 2021 the Irish government published the 3000-page final report of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes, their hand having been forced by the leaking of the report to media outlets. The Commission was established in 2015 to provide a full account of what happened to vulnerable women … Continue reading An unholy legacy: the Mother and Baby Homes report reminds Ireland that the Catholic Church has blood on its hands

State of the Union: a post-Brexit Northern Ireland looks south of the border for answers

OPINION The first week of the United Kingdom’s independent, “taking back control” status has been predictably underwhelming to say the least. Overshadowed by the devastating developments of the coronavirus pandemic, the early hiccups have been (understandably) largely passed over by the media in comparison with the more pressing health crisis. However, in Northern Ireland this new … Continue reading State of the Union: a post-Brexit Northern Ireland looks south of the border for answers

United Ireland: flight of fancy or near reality?

Ireland united is not a new concept. If anything, it is the actual partition of the island that to many Irish and Northern Irish citizens feels like the novelty. The centenary of that partition will be celebrated by unionists this coming May, but the significance of it will go far beyond commemoration; it will add … Continue reading United Ireland: flight of fancy or near reality?