Trevor Ringland, a solicitor, former Irish rugby international and member of the British-Irish Association, says the EU has ‘replaced a sense of threat from other European nations with a sense of interdependence’.

Over the coming weeks the ‘Brexit’ debate will tease out the merits or otherwise of the UK remaining in the European Union. Whether the decision is to(...)

Colum Eastwood: “But our voice is back, and is getting stronger by the day. The SDLP is back in the conversation”

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood says he will take his party into opposition after the Assembly election in the North unless key infrastructure and educati(...)

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood with former party leader John Hume at the conclusion of the conference. Photograph by Declan Roughan

The Assembly election on May 5th must be a referendum on the record of Stormont leadership from Sinn Féin and the DUP over the last nine years, the SD(...)

Northman is a strange undertaking, as biographies go. It proceeds in fits and starts, moves backwards and forwards, inside and outside. It begins at t(...)

Poet Michael Longley speaking at the Ulster Hall, where he received the freedom of Belfast. Photograph: Justin Kernoghan/PhotopressBelfast

Michael Longley is a poet who has “looked history square in the face” and who also played an important civic part in the creation of the 1998 Belfast (...)

Róisín Ingle with former Labour deputy leader and novelist Liz McManus

Former Labour deputy leader and novelist Liz McManus has said she is in favour of gender quotas in the Dáil. “I think a lot of people have come(...)

John and Roberta Hewitt with May Morton at the PEN conference, Vienna, 1955

When someone becomes a friend, you have a natural curiosity about their past, about what has made them. My first meeting with John Hewitt was not a(...)

Soldiers of the 5th London Rifle Brigade with German Saxon regimental troops at Ploegsteert Wood during the Christmas Truce in 1914. Photograph:  Popperfoto/Getty Images

On the Western Front on December 24th 1914, thousands of soldiers from the British Expeditionary Forces, which included men from all parts of the i(...)

Wireless Mystery players:  Aislinn Clarke, Reggie Chamberlain-King with the rest of the cast

Going to see a play and then spending most of the evening with your eyes shut sounds absurd. But relying solely on what your ears are telling you i(...)

President Michael D. Higgins: “The appalling and escalating loss of life” in Gaza was a “tragic example of the failure of diplomacy”, he told the John Hewitt summer school in Armagh. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

President Michael D Higgins has expressed alarm at escalating developments in the Middle East and Ukraine. In an address yesterday to the John Hewitt(...)