“They took our jobs” might be the expected reaction to a Department for the Economy report this week, showing EU migrants filled almost all the additional posts created in Northern Ireland over the past decade.
‘We have a long way to go, and there is always plenty to criticise, but Taoiseach @campaignforleo marching with his partner in a parade that until recently banned LGBT groups is progress worth marking.
England's difficulty may not quite be Ireland's opportunity right now, but Theresa May's problems over Brexit have certainly created political opportunities for parties and individuals within Ireland's rapidly changing political landscape.
Stormont’s top mandarin David Sterling, the man who actually runs Northern Ireland, has told the RHI inquiry that civil servants “got into the habit” of not minuting meetings with ministers to frustrate Freedom of Information requests, because the DUP and Sinn Féin are “sensitive to criticism.
I'm always chary when it comes to popular opinion--the 'what everyone is actually thinking' line--because it's usually simplistic and ill-considered: or, as Mark Twain put it: "The trouble with generally held opinions is that they are generally wrong.
There is no need to recount the concerns about private donations to political parties - they will be familiar to anyone who follows the news from Britain and America, or who recalls the allegations about DUP links to property developers at the start of this decade.
For the women of Ireland this year’s International Women’s Day, last Thursday March 8, had a particular significance, over and above the normal celebration and recognition of women’s place in Irish society.
AS I sat in Committee Room 10 in Westminster last week I was conscious that just down the corridor was the infamous Committee Room 15 where 44 of the 73 members of the Irish Parliamentary Party voted to remove the legendary Charles Stewart Parnell as leader following the divorce crisis.