The US Secretary of State has appointed former senator and presidential hopeful, Gary Hart, as his “personal representative” on Northern Ireland. Why?
Cal McCrystal looks back at the life and career of Ian Paisley, former First Minister of Northern Ireland and leader of the Democratic Unionist Party.
As part of a series of profiles in the NS of politicians who “inspire fear and loathing abroad yet are often worshipped at home”, in 1987 Peter Brooke examined the patronage politics of the Reverend Ian Paisley.
Dominant figure in Irish and British politics has died.
The Scottish referendum campaign has served to weaken Ulster Unionist faith in a historical Ulster-Scots identity, and if Northern Ireland stays in the Union there may be more calls to integrate into the UK party system.
If there is a majority that opts for Irish unity at some stage, then change will take place. No one is making a first principles argument for Northern Ireland remaining part of the UK.
The 1967 Abortion Act cannot be imposed on Northern Ireland by Westminster, but nor should penalising charges be imposed on Northern Irish women by the English NHS.
Meanwhile, you don't hear Alex Salmond celebrating Ireland’s “Celtic Tiger” much any more.
The former leader's savage attack on his successor, Peter Robinson, is a reminder that his party could see that he had outlived his usefulness.
Suzie McCracken feels like her vocal chords are haunted by the booming projections of past politicians and preachers. Surely now it's time to stop being an incessant apologist and be proud of our vowels?