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.
The enormity of the financial crisis in the education sector has been set out in stark terms by a Westminster committee which last year heard disturbing accounts of the serious and numerous difficulties facing our schools.
In the mid-1990s I suggested to a young, republican prisoner that the book Ten Men Dead would be good for him to read and to my astonishment he made the remark – which I am sure that he later came to rue – “Why would I want to read that, that’s history?”
Sajid Javid, failed Tory leadership candidate, current Home Secretary and wannabe Chancellor of the Exchequer says that leaders and public figures need to moderate their language as part of a campaign to tackle extremism.
As we plod our selective pathways through a decade of centenaries, we are about to witness a newly-emerging list of half centenaries, which will trace the origins of the thirty bloodiest years in this country's history.
For so long as what is described as the 'peace process' here remains conflict stalemate rather than conflict resolution, then for so long will it be impossible to agree upon a definition of victim which is acceptable to everyone.