FRIDAY night’s attempt by dissident republicans to murder members of the PSNI was, thankfully, unsuccessful. However, several aspects of this incident give an indication of just how little regard these organisations have for society as a whole.
Freshly appointed secretary of state Julian Smith arrived in Northern Ireland yesterday to meet the political parties and begin work on the many issues that have been left unresolved during Karen Bradley's ill-starred tenure.
Boris Johnson has wasted no time in stamping his mark, sweeping away Theresa May's loyalists and longstanding Tory stalwarts and filling his cabinet with hardline Brexiteers, including some who drove his predecessor from office.
ARLENE Foster gave an interview to Mark Carruthers on BBC Sunday Politics last weekend that has since been chiefly noted for her refusal to credit Martin McGuinness with helping organise the Open golf tournament.
West Belfast was the scene of a shockingly reckless gun attack on Monday night which left a 30-year-old man critically wounded but could easily have resulted in death or injury in this busy residential area.
Wilson Burgess’s assertion (July 22) that no progress is being made on promoting Ulster-Scots is clearly based on the false assumption that if he doesn’t know about something then it mustn’t be happening.
On Monday the Tánaiste, Simon Coveney, said: ``We are all working together to ensure we get the devolved institutions up and running again and I think a new British prime minister will be committed to that too.
I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate principal Ian Bell and his staff on the outstanding job they have been doing in turning round Movilla High School from a failing school – described by some as one of the worst schools in Northern Ireland – to a place of learning.
On my kitchen noticeboard I have a postcard portraying a boilersuited female, her hair tied up in a spotted bandana, her right arm muscularly flexed, her expression one of fierce determination and issuing from her lips the words, “We Can Do It!” It’s a reproduction of a 1940s American wartime poster of Rosie the Riveter, when women took the place of menfolk in heavy industry as the USA went to war.