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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, …

John Street’s Diary

Published: February 11, 2018
Written by John Street

The GMB general union has demanded a workers’ voice on the Food and Drink Council to prevent it becoming an exclusive talking shop for big business, says the GMB. The …

Obituary: Edward Pearce

Published: February 10, 2018
Written by Tribune web editor

Edward Pearce March 28 1939-February 9 2018 We were saddened to hear of the loss of our colleague and valued contributor Edward Pearce, who died on Friday after a short …

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 …

Democracy Watch

Published: February 8, 2018
Written by Henry Tam

The UK Government has announced that it will celebrate the centenary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act by establishing a National Democracy Week. Yet Conservative-led governments have, since …

Brainwaves

Published: January 29, 2018
Written by Chris Proctor

One of the few times I appreciate and enjoy politicians is when they are caught with their trousers round their ankles. It is a charming and droll experience to discover …

John Street’s Diary

Published: January 26, 2018
Written by John Street

Run Runaway Kezia Dugdale received a fee of £70,000 for her recent appearance on I’m a Celebrity. The former Scottish Labour leader also declared between £10,000 and £15,000 worth of …

Out Of Africa

Published: January 16, 2018
Written by Bryan Rostron

For those in power some inclinations twirl around like a carousel. My New Year reading concerns a rural President utterly ill-equipped to oversee a modern economy and whose rackety administration …

In Perspective

Published: January 16, 2018
Written by Catherine Macleod

How ill it becomes Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s First Minister, to take a swipe at the health service in England when she apologises “unreservedly” for the failures in the health service …

Out And About

Published: January 14, 2018
Written by Cary Gee

It’s lucky Jesus didn’t have the misfortune to be born in Windsor. If he had, then as a traveller, whose (unmarried) parents found themselves temporarily homeless and seeking shelter where …

Agenda Setting

Published: January 13, 2018
Written by Chris Williamson

The Conservative Party is behaving as if it has discovered a new magic money tree growing in the coffers of local authorities? But truth is it’s just another Tory deception. …

The Brexit Paradox

Published: January 13, 2018
Written by Denis MacShane

While the British people wait for Prime Minister Theresa May to spell out exactly what the future holds for them once Britain’s economy is outside the single market and customs …

Out Of The Cage

Published: January 13, 2018
Written by Paul Routledge

Fake news” was the Collins Dictionary Word of the Year for 2017, though as pedants point out, it’s actually two. Use of the phrase increased by 365% in the twelve-months, …

Westminster Watch

Published: January 13, 2018
Written by Ian Hernon

Theresa May’s much-heralded cabinet reshuffle swiftly turned into a meta­phor for her administration. Following last year’s disastrous general election, the role of Tory chairman was seen as pivotal. The Conservative …

John Street’s Diary

Published: January 13, 2018
Written by John Street

­­­The secrets that you keep The annual release of sensitive official files threw up such gems as Margaret Thatcher’s refusal to share a flight to Washington with a panda. Still …

Out And About

Published: December 21, 2017
Written by Cary Gee

Jeremy Corbyn’s success in the general election was not just a triumph for all those who believe in a fairer society, it was, above all, a triumph for authenticty. At …

Media Watch

Published: December 21, 2017
Written by Denis MacShane

If there is one tabloid editor who is the left’s Press Enemy Number One it is surely Paul Dacre, who has just celebrated 25 years as editor of the Daily …

John Street’s Diary

Published: December 21, 2017
Written by John Street

Supermassive black hole Boris Johnson’s father, Stanley, left reality TV show I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! and asked if his son was still foreign secretary. He was …

Prescriptions

Published: December 21, 2017
Written by Kailash Chand

Christmas is a time for joy, celebration and bringing together family and friends to share this merriment. While taking nothing away from this much needed festivity, spare a thought for …

Reflections

Published: December 20, 2017
Written by Elizabeth Matsangou

On December 6, Donald Trump once again sent shockwaves throughout the international community. This time, it was about his highly controversial – and near-sighted – decision to recognise Jerusalem as …