All articles by: John Coulter

Ireland Eye

Published: February 15, 2018
Written by John Coulter

Unionist hawks within Arlene Foster’s Democratic Unionists have won the day over Sinn Fein’s demand for an Irish Language Act – but the price is to bring Northern Ireland back …

Ireland Eye

Published: February 13, 2018
Written by John Coulter

Can a St Valentine’s Day Agreement be signed to get the collapsed Stormont power-sharing Executive up and running again after more than a year’s stalemate? That’s the key question which …

Ireland Eye

Published: February 11, 2018
Written by John Coulter

It’s Valentine’s Day this week, and the stalled Northern Ireland peace process will either witness a political ‘love-in’ and a return to a devolved Stormont Executive, or a political massacre, …

Ireland Eye

Published: February 9, 2018
Written by John Coulter

As Gerry Adams steps down this weekend as party president of Sinn Fein – a post he has held for more than 30 years – the crucial question of his …

Ireland Eye

Published: December 19, 2017
Written by John Coulter

Ireland may about to be hit by a disaster similar to the 19th century one which forced tens of thousands to flee the island – only this time instead of …

Ireland Eye

Published: November 21, 2017
Written by John Coulter

A large dose of Direct Rule is just the tonic to get the Ulster peace process back on track! Sounds like very bitter medicine to swallow, but it suits Sinn …

Ireland Eye

Published: October 4, 2017
Written by John Coulter

We’re doomed! The immortal words from the deep celtic accent of Private Frazer from the hit sitcom, Dad’s Army, could well summarise the impending gloom hanging over the Ulster peace …

Ireland Eye

Published: July 31, 2017
Written by John Coulter

Bring back the Saggers to save Stormont! Saggers? What, I hear you say. Is this some secret neo-Masonic cult dreampt up under the Tory/DUP deal? Actually, The Saggers was a …

Ireland Eye

Published: July 6, 2017
Written by John Coulter

The Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn should take careful note of the DUP/Tory body language during the signing of the supposedly historic £1 billion deal which keeps Theresa May’s minority …

Time to stay calm

Published: June 17, 2017
Written by John Coulter

Don’t panic! Don’t panic! The iconic chant of Corporal Jones from the historic BBC sitcom, Dad’s Army, should apply to the British mainland at the looming prospect of the Tory/DUP …

DUP now the king (or queen) makers

Published: June 9, 2017
Written by John Coulter

Never say never again! The spectre of Hollywood heart throb Sean Connery’s 1983 James Bond could well be the theme of forming the next Westminster Government after the snap General …

Ireland Eye

Published: June 7, 2017
Written by John Coulter

If the republican movement is to have a meaningful voice in the UK’s Brexit negotiations, it must exorcise the demon of abstentionism from Sinn Fein. Since its formation in 1905, …

Ireland Eye

Published: May 9, 2017
Written by John Coulter

What a shambles! Next year I clock up 40 years in Irish journalism, yet never have I witnessed a bigger political mess on the Emerald Isle – and, ironically, democratic …

Ireland Eye

Published: April 9, 2017
Written by John Coulter

And what part of County Antrim are you from?” Okay, I know a golden rule of journalism writing is don’t begin with a quote, but I’m breaking that rule as …

Ireland Eye

Published: March 14, 2017
Written by John Coulter

Compassion, not taunting, must be the ethos of the Irish talks process leading to a new, stronger Ulster agreement and the return of the Stormont institutions. The Assembly poll which …

Northern Ireland faces fraught fortnight

Published: March 6, 2017
Written by John Coulter

Northern Ireland’s second Stormont poll within a year has produced Sinn Fein’s best election result since the 1918 Westminster General Election since it scooped up most of Ireland’s seats when …

Ireland Eye

Published: February 14, 2017
Written by John Coulter

Northern Ireland is not simply facing yet another crossroads election, to coin a phrase once used by a former Ulster Prime Minister – it is now entrenched in its own …

O’Neill could be catalyst for Stormont upheaval

Published: January 29, 2017
Written by John Coulter

Unionist unity, not Irish unity, could be the long-term consequence of the appointment of Sinn Fein’s Michelle O’Neill as Martin McGuinness’s replacement as the party’s Stormont leader last week. With …

Ireland Eye

Published: January 15, 2017
Written by John Coulter

Who will blink first and provoke a snap Stormont poll? That’s the key question which could be decided on Manic Monday – 16 January – when the Northern Ireland Assembly …

Bell suspended as RHI scandal engulfs Stormont

Published: December 18, 2016
Written by John Coulter

Serious questions have been posed as to who really runs Northern Ireland as a result of the multi-million pound Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme scandal. Sounds daft, but that’s what …

Ireland Eye: John Coulter

Published: December 8, 2016
Written by John Coulter

Unionism looks set to tumble into the same quagmire over Brexit as it did three decades ago during protests against the then Anglo-Irish Agreement. The two main Unionist parties have …

Ireland Eye

Published: November 7, 2016
Written by John Coulter

Democratic Unionist leader and Stormont First Minister Arlene Foster used her party’s annual conference to signal what will be the end of the DUP by 2021 – the centenary of …