Historian Mary Beard's wonderful book Women & Power begins with an attempt to explain, as she puts it, ”just how deeply embedded in Western culture are the mechanisms that silence women, that refuse to take them seriously".
The Court of Appeal ruling yesterday was a significant step forward for families determined to uncover the full truth about alleged state collusion in relation to the murderous activities of the notorious Glenanne Gang.
Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt turned up at the Culloden Hotel on Tuesday morning and went through the motions of looking and sounding interested in the questions from about 150 (out of 500) members of the local Conservative associations.
While expectations are never particularly high when it comes to securing a political breakthrough in Northern Ireland, there had been hopes that the shocking murder of Lyra McKee would provide fresh impetus to the stalled talks process.
The Sinn Féin motion passed by Belfast City Council this week, demanding the removal of unapproved paramilitary flags and banners, has interrupted and to some extent swamped a more interesting debate between the Greens and Alliance.
Long before the deadly word ‘collusion’ entered into the pubic vocabulary of the conflict; long before the importation of weapons from South Africa by British intelligence agents and loyalists, used to kill hundreds of Catholics in the north, and long before the Canadian Judge Peter Cory issued in 2004 his consummate definition of what collusion means, Teresa Kelly and her family experienced ‘collusion’ in all its grotesque forms.
The two Tories vying to become the next British prime minister came to Northern Ireland yesterday but demonstrated little by way of insight into the border, the Stormont impasse or the unique issues facing businesses on this island as the result of Brexit.