Brian Feeney

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Lieutenant Commander Data (Brent Spiner) to Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart): ‘. . . it appears that terrorism is an effective way to promote political change’.

Captain’s log, stardate 43010.7. In an episode of Star Trek broadcast in 1990, the Starship Enterprise visits the planet Rutia IV and the crew gets ca(...)

The notion of John Hume’s “agreed Ireland” wasn’t just an aspirational soundbite, but was being practised at political level, and was feeding into the more optimistic public mood. The future seemed to look neither hard green nor orange, but a lighter mix of the two. Photograph: Getty Images

Brexit has unleashed many demons in Northern Ireland, and on the island generally. It has shaken social, political and economic structures, and raised(...)

Minister for Education Joe McHugh among the expected speakers. Photograph: Alan Betson

Senior Dáil politicians, including a Government Minister, are to address a “civic nationalism” conference in Belfast on Saturday week (January 26th) t(...)

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(...)

 Sinn Féin  welcomed publication of a  letter  signed by 200 northern nationalists that cited a  “sense of abandonment” over Brexit, the Stormont impasse, and the  DUP-Tory Westminster deal. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty

An open letter to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, signed by 200 Northern nationalists of varying prominence, has called on the Irish Government to address the(...)

‘Gerry Adams got himself into his current political difficulty because he was engaged in political handling.’ Photograph: Eric Luke

When writing last week about the controversy between Austin Stack and Gerry Adams, I reached to the bookshelf for my 2001 copy of Lost Lives. Lost L(...)

Businessman Denis O’Brien.

Denis O’Brien, the telecoms and media tycoon, has said Independent News and Media (INM) in which he is the largest shareholder “was days from forced (...)

A shopper views an Apple Inc iPhone 5SE during the  opening of the company’s new flagship store at  in San Francisco, California, US. An Bord Pleanála is hearing submissions on tech giant’s planned facility near Athenry, Co Galway. File  photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Computer giant Apple’s plans to build a €1 billion data centre outside Athenry, Co Galway, will not affect local water supplies, a consultant hydrolog(...)

Jonathan Bardon: many authors, while (rightly) concerned to be scholarly, do not seem to put themselves out to be lucid, lively and just plain readable

Historian Jonathan Bardon’s works include A History of Ulster (Blackstaff Press, 1992); Belfast: A Century (Blackstaff Press, 1999); Beyond the Stu(...)