Blood and Brexit
We lived in Mid Ulster during the spate of tit-for-tat killings, as they were called. We remember all the bomb scares and evacuations and fear. We remember all the bombs. We remember all the shootings. We remember being turned back from going to school at a checkpoint by masked men with baseball bats.
December 10, 2019
How Brexit Put a United Ireland Back on the Map
Despite the great strides the North has made toward an embedded peace, people from nationalist and unionist communities live largely parallel lives, following their own sports, religion, and politics. Brexit is exacerbating these tensions.
October 22, 2019
An Interview with Michel Barnier
Michel Barnier served twice as a commissioner, but his leadership of the Brexit negotiations has been by far his most high-profile post in Brussels. He is thought by many to be a serious future candidate for the presidency of the European Commission.
May 29, 2019
Louis MacNeice’s Carrickfergus Revisited
“In the beginning was the Irish rain,” wrote Carrickfergus’s unsung poet-hero, Louis MacNeice. Like many of the poorer regions of Northern Ireland, the town today is in social and economic decline. “The tragic irony of life in Northern Ireland today,” the murdered journalist Lyra McKee wrote in 2016, “is that peace seems to have claimed more lives than war ever did.”
May 8, 2019
The Truth of ‘The Troubles’
The Loughinisland story matters because it raises universal questions about how societies reckon with the past, particularly when that history involves crimes committed in an internal conflict. Transparency is vital for democracies to ensure that mistakes are not repeated and misdeeds not overlooked.
February 22, 2019
How Ulster Unionists Block Brexit
If, as the Democratic Unionist Party insists, Northern Ireland can be treated no differently from the rest of the UK, then all of the UK must stay largely within the existing European Union rules. In which case, Brexit itself is pointless. The DUP’s backward-looking Britishness thus stands in the way of Brexit’s English revolution.
June 11, 2018