Brian Kennaway in 2009. Photograph: Eric Luke

Born: January 10th, 1944 Died: October 14th, 2019 Brian Kennaway was an Orangeman and Presbyterian minister who took his obligations seriously, which(...)

Martin McGuinness shortly after he was appointed minister for education in 1999. His comment about having been “on the run” “was not the kind of comment to instil confidence in the future”. Photograph: Ferran Paredes/Reuters

On a recent visit to New York, I fulfilled a long-held ambition to walk over the famous Brooklyn Bridge. The construction of this bridge was not witho(...)

An  Ulster Covenant centenary parade at Stormont in 2012: “A recurring problem for alternative voices within the Protestant community is that the very act of constructing a positive and generous worldview creates a break with the community, ” writes Robbie McVeigh. Photograph: Eric Luke

“The problem I had with this book was….” These were the words with which the late David Ervine, then leader of the Progressive Unionist Party began h(...)

Police officers  attempt to contain disturbances along the controversial Ardoyne flashpoint area on July 13th, 2015 in Belfast. Photograph:   Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

I was in Belfast last month for the Twelfth “festivities”. It was awful. Those “festivities” were held on a Monday, as the Twelfth this year fell on a(...)

Back to the 1990s   .... Portadown District LOL No 1, passing Drumcree church before being blocked. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill.

Believe it or not, this year marks the 20th anniversary of what has become known as “Drumcree”. It was the stopping of the return parade from morning (...)

The problems currently facing the Orange institution in Northern Ireland are nothing new. Indeed if anything it is a replay of the conflicts of the re(...)

The British and Irish governments have had to reassert their roles as co-guarantors of the Belfast Agreement, Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has told the Iri(...)