BETWEEN now and his visit to Ireland for the World Meeting of Families in just two months, expect to read lots about how Pope Francis is coming to a very different country than that which embraced John Paul II in 1979.
As someone who spent a number of years working in the Ulster Unionist Party (although I was only in the press office from mid-2008 until January 2010) I can understand the need for internal discipline.
IF anyone, including the Irish government, were in any doubt about their central and indispensable importance in the affairs of the north then the events of the past few weeks should allay those doubts.
THIS is the question – where are the peacemakers now in the year 2018 in a divided society in Northern Ireland? A few years ago in Washington DC I stood on a step at the Lincoln memorial where Martin Luther King delivered his ``I have a dream speech.
“So when you get a Queen’s pardon, it's only natural that you would take the first opportunity to thank her son” said one of the wags on social media about Gerry Kelly’s natter with Prince Charles during the latter’s visit to Belfast.
IT must be summer – the roses are blooming in our garden, I’m going to bed when it is still daylight, Asda have started stocking their winter clothes and I’m filling in school admin forms for September.
I wonder if there's anyone who would die in a ditch for Theresa May? I only ask because it seems pretty clear that even she wouldn't die in a ditch for her beliefs; primarily because she doesn't have any.
The central message of Peter Robinson’s speech at Queen’s University Belfast last week, delivered to the present DUP leadership sitting directly in front of him, is that the party needs to make a major tactical retreat on multiple fronts - chiefly on cultural and social issues that go right to its heart and soul.