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.
In A Long Peace? The Future of Unionism in Northern Ireland, which I co-authored with Mick Fealty and David Steven in 2003, we concluded that for the union to survive it required ‘a firmer, bolder, more far sighted unionism’ and that people must want the union.
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.
The fact that dissident republicans mounted a determined attempt to kill police officers within hours of Martin McGuinness's death, shows we still have some way to go to achieve the peace and stability the vast majority of people on this island wish to see.
There can be occasions when the life of an individual becomes tightly entwined with the history of a country and there can be no doubt that the story of Martin McGuinness, who died early yesterday at the age of 66, entered such a category.
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.