All articles by: John Coulter

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 …

Ireland Eye

Published: October 11, 2016
Written by John Coulter

The exclusively Protestant Orange Order needs to decide if it can become a vehicle for the rebirth of Christian socialism in Ireland, or take advantage of the growing cross-border relations …

Ireland Eye: John Coulter

Published: September 17, 2016
Written by John Coulter

I t is time for the British and Irish Labour parties to merge and form a single all-island party now that the crown of socialist champion is slowly slipping from …

Ireland Eye – John Coulter

Published: June 30, 2016
Written by John Coulter

The time has now come to bring dissident republicans in from the cold in the same way as mainstream republicans and loyalists were involved, leading ultimately to the Good Friday …

Ireland Eye – John Coulter

Published: May 27, 2016
Written by John Coulter

Words of wisdom, or the way out to the wilderness – that’s how Ulster Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt’s announcement that his party will go into official opposition in the Stormont …

The more things change…

Published: May 15, 2016
Written by John Coulter

It’s basically as you were in the Stormont Assembly, says John Coulter but the parties have questions to consider about their respective futures

Ireland Eye – John Coulter

Published: March 4, 2016
Written by John Coulter

The recent Dail general election in the year Irish republicans commemorate the centenary of the failed Easter Rising has marked a fundamental political realignment in the Irish Republic.

John Coulter

Published: September 12, 2015
Written by John Coulter

Sinn Fein’s dilemma and the Orange Order’s move