All articles by: John Coulter

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 …

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