Mrs May said: "We owe a vast debt of gratitude to the heroism and bravery of the soldiers and police officers who upheld the rule of law, and themselves were accountable to it - and that is always something that has set them apart from the terrorists, who during the Troubles were responsible for the deaths of hundreds of members of the security forces." … [Read more...] about Theresa May urged to end ‘abhorrent’ investigations into Northern Ireland veterans
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Our No1 ally certainly is. Ex-Nato Commander General David Petraeus says the witch-hunt into veterans of the Troubles is wrecking our reputation as a reliable military partner. It may lead to “risk aversion” among current troops and “potentially limit their use of force”. … [Read more...] about US hero says witch-hunt against Northern Ireland vets damages ‘special relationship’
to re-invigorate all three strands of the Belfast Agreement;to advance a genuine human rights agenda (and not a partisan and selective one), and;to devise tactical voting arrangements that would privilege progressive candidates, irrespective of party affiliation, who were best-placed to displace DUP, or Sinn Fein, candidates at election time.I think of my friend and sometimes intellectual opponent, John Wilson Foster. He is British and Irish, deeply committed to the Union, yet an outstanding scholar of Irish history and culture. I am Irish and British (Eireannach is Briotanach) and have spent most of my working life in the "Far North". … [Read more...] about Liam Kennedy: Does Northern Ireland even have a real political future?
Highlighting "deeply rooted weaknesses" in the Northern Ireland economy, Dr Birnie said productivity had remained substantially less than in Britain for a century. The average worker in the US, Germany and France produced 60% more per hour worked than their Northern Ireland counterpart. … [Read more...] about May’s deal will leave Northern Ireland in damaging mode of dependency, warns economist
"I don't believe for a second the British Government will do that, but the fact the political crisis is out there - both Brexit and the failure to put the institutions up again - is a real problem and that is a tinder for this kind of violence. … [Read more...] about Brexit contributing to sectarian violence, warns key player in Northern Ireland peace talks