ARLENE Foster issued a graceful written tribute to Martin McGuinness, demonstrating a communication skill that could have saved Stormont, unionism and herself if deployed at any point before three months ago.
I tailed off a piece in Wednesday’s Irish News with the words: “The fact that he will divide opinion in death as much as he did in life suggests that he still had a journey to complete and many, many questions to answer.
THERE has been understandable unionist panic since the election results earlier this month starkly highlighted the clearly changing demographic of Northern Ireland, making it a long-term unsustainable entity.
SPEAKING in Washington last week on the subject of Brexit and a united Ireland, Gerry Adams said: "History has presented us with an unprecedented opportunity to advance this entirely legitimate and logical objective.
When Arlene Foster said yesterday of Martin McGuinness that while ‘many victims are feeling very hurt’ she knew republicans were mourning ‘a leader, a friend, or a mentor’, she sounded a note all the more welcome because it was fresh.
When Enda Kenny announced there would be a referendum about whether the Irish diaspora should be allowed to vote in future presidential elections it didn't take long for certain unionist quarters to react.
If the history of 20th century Ireland can best be told through the eyes of its people, I met a man last year whose eyes have seen more history than most - and not the sort you read about in history books.
WHEN reporting the awful, needless, miserable deaths of almost 800 babies and toddlers at a Catholic-run mother and baby home in Tuam, Co Galway it is easy to dismiss the shameful episode as a sin from a bygone era.