Leader of Sinn Féin Mary Lou McDonald. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald has said that the unionist community needs to be a part of planning for a united Ireland. Party activists from(...)

Síona Cahill, president of the USI, speaks at the Emerging Ireland summer school.

Complacency is the biggest challenge facing young people involved in politics, despite the successful referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment, the h(...)

A Plymouth Brethren chapel and congregation. A sort of urban Amish, they eschewed television, radio and cinema, in addition to observing the more familiar Old Testament strictures against drinking, dancing and licentiousness.

When I lived in Portadown, my town centre neighbourhood was home to a Plymouth Brethren congregation. A sort of urban Amish, they eschewed television(...)

Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald:  these past few days she has been less than sure-footed on a key and highly sensitive issue. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

When “you’re explaining you’re losing” is a Ronald Reagan phrase Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald will be familiar with, and in recent days she h(...)

Former first minister Peter Robinson addressing the MacGill Summer School. Photopgraph: North West Nespix

Peter Robinson’s comments about a united Ireland at the MacGill Summer School in Glenties on Friday annoyed and upset different strands of unionism, a(...)

MacGill Summer School director Joe Mulholland with Simon Coveney at the 2017 MacGill Summer School in Glenties, Co Donegal. Photograph: North West Newspix

When Joe Mulholland arrived in Glenties last Sunday to open the 38th MacGill Summer School, he was planning to announce it was to be his last. It’s b(...)

Former Northern Ireland first minister and DUP leader  Peter Robinson. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

Former Northern Ireland first minister Peter Robinson’s has been accused of becoming a “Sinn Féin echo chamber” after suggesting that preparations sho(...)

Former NI first minister Peter Robinson told   the MacGill Summer School in Glenties that the Republic’s relationship with the North  will never be the same again after Brexit. Photograph: North West Nespix

Former Northern Ireland first minister Peter Robinson believes the North should prepare for the possibility of a united Ireland. Speaking at the MacG(...)

Mairead McGuinness MEP addresses the MacGill Summer School:  research shows a woman has only one-third of the opportunity of a man to speak at forums. Photograph: North West Newspix

In 2016 and 2017, 75 per cent of those listed on the “papers delivered” section of the MacGill Summer School website were men. There were a number of (...)

MacGill Summer School’s founder and director Joe Mulholland plans to recruit a young researcher to help him recruit a wider variety of speakers. Photograph: Eric Luke

A joke has been doing the rounds in recent weeks that across the country prominent women were afraid to answer the phone in case it was the organiser (...)

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