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Peace: The prize and the price

A jarring juxtaposition on our screens - news bulletins providing striking images of the glittering prize after so many years struggling for peace - the union flag and the Irish tricolour fluttering side by side and two neighbouringShow More Summary

Shroud waving over welfare reform?

You don't have to take sides in the tug of war between the DUP and Sinn Féin to acknowledge there's plenty of politics being played over the stalled introduction of welfare reform. Edwin Poots has told the Nolan Show that, given theShow More Summary

Is any publicity good publicity?

If you are a candidate heading into an election is all publicity good publicity? That's the question that ran through my mind when I first saw John Manley's revealing Irish News interview with Anna Lo. Anna is already very well known...Show More Summary

European law and On the Runs

Last week Northern Ireland Secretary of State Theresa Villiers made a speech declaring that the controversial administrative scheme for On the Runs is, so far as the government is concerned, over. My guest on BBC Radio Ulster's Inside...Show More Summary

Voters 'rate economy over politics'

Do voters in Northern Ireland really rate the economy as more important than the constitutional debate? NICVA conclude that there may be a difference between what people say and what they do. And there are a number of ways to read this...Show More Summary

Clinton soaks up political limelight

Much excitement in Londonderry as Bill Clinton takes a stroll across the Peace Bridge and heads to the Guildhall Square to address the public. But if the European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, who is also visiting Ireland, walked the same walk, you can't imagine it generating anything like the same buzz. That seems a little unfair. Show More Summary

Hidden in plain sight

The Police Service of Northern Ireland codenamed their processing of republican On The Runs "Operation Rapid". The same nickname could have been applied to this week's fast moving political crisis. During a 24-hour period it looked like...Show More Summary

NI On the Runs argument 'misplaced'

It looks as if we are in choppy waters with a real chance power-sharing executive could fall. Given that we had a breakdown of trust, it could be the Democratic Unionist party's calculation is that they would rather have that than be...Show More Summary

Good cops, bad cops

Nothing new in the DUP and Sinn Féin trading insults or claiming each other is pandering to extremes. But there seems to be an extra level of sophistication in the latest mirror image machinations between the two incumbents at Stormont...Show More Summary

The referendum effect

While Northern Ireland's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness aims a few fresh barbs at First Minister Peter Robinson on the eve of another Sinn Féin Ard Fheis (annual party conference), others have been surveying the wider scene. The...Show More Summary

Stormont opposition no closer

Should Stormont have an opposition? That was a talking point back in 2012 when the Ulster Unionists were choosing a new leader. John McCallister advocated taking the party out of the Northern Ireland Executive unilaterally. Mike Nesbitt...Show More Summary

Politics 'red in tooth and claw'

So do you believe him then or do you believe him now? Part two of Eamonn Mallie's documentary, From Genesis to Revelation, contains an extract from my interview with Ian Paisley when he announced his decision to stand down as first minister in March 2008. "Q: Originally when you took office you said you wanted to serve a full four-year term. Show More Summary

Robinson says McGuinness 'dictator'

This is another row with a distinct edge between the DUP and Sinn Féin. What is different to some of the previous rows, where you got the impression that the main men in Stormont Castle had licensed their lieutenants to throw the odd...Show More Summary

Genesis to Revelation

It may be five and a half years since Ian Paisley stood down as Stormont's first minister, but there is no doubt the "Big Man" is still box office. Watching him in conversation with Eamonn Mallie for Monday night's BBC documentary "Paisley:...Show More Summary

Unmistakeable taste of freshly-picked cherries

According to the Ulster Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt, Richard Haass gave the Stormont parties only three options with his final seventh draft document - say Yes, say No, or take it back to your party. But don't - according to Mr Nesbitt...Show More Summary

Haass proposal document published

Although he is flying home without a deal, Richard Haass believes his efforts haven't all been in vain. The former US diplomat reckons he has made significant progress, especially on potential new institutions to deal with Northern Ireland's...Show More Summary

Back at a crossroads

It is 45 years since the former Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O'Neill made his famous televised pitch to moderate opinion in the "Ulster Stands At the Crossroads" speech. Intentionally or not, Richard Haass echoes Captain O'Neill's...Show More Summary

NI Haass talks end without agreement

Although he is flying home without a deal, Richard Haass believes his efforts haven't all been in vain. The former US diplomat reckons he has made significant progress, especially on potential new institutions to deal with Northern Ireland's...Show More Summary

Déjà vu, all over again

"Now is not the time for soundbites". That's what Tony Blair famously said before a previous crunch session of Northern Ireland negotiations. The former prime minister obviously didn't take himself too seriously as he then immediately...Show More Summary

Who was William Twaddell?

The Orange Order's "Camp Twaddell" has featured regularly in the news in recent weeks from gun attacks on police patrols nearby to a surprise visit by Russell Brand But how many...Show More Summary

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