Mervyn Gibson

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Thousands ake part in the 25th annual Belfast Pride parade on August 1st, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Belfast Pride was one of just five parades that drew a protest during this year’s marching season in Northern Ireland. The most peaceful marching sea(...)

 Theresa May in a unionist band: The DUP has seen itself  mocked in  tweets, news websites and cartoons

Arlene Foster must be feeling rather like Liberace. Remember when he was derided for his camp flamboyance and his ersatz piano renditions of the class(...)

Billy Hutchinson in December 2012:   “With nationalism, it’s a bit like St Augustine: wrap the green flag around me, but not just yet. It won’t happen in my lifetime.” Photograph: Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty Images

Brexit, demographic shifts and the dramatic outcome of the Northern Assembly elections are all fuelling talk of a united Ireland, a Border p(...)

Preparing for the Twelfth. The bonfire is ready to be lit and the middle class has left town. Photograph: Reuters

Here’s a question. Is the festival of stomping, shouting and sunburn currently being endured in parts of Ulster the only such patriotic celebration th(...)

Isaac Andrews of the West Belfast Ulster Political Research Group at the Twaddell loyalist protest camp, manned every day and night, coming up to one year after a Parades Commission determination last July prevented three local Orange lodges walking along a stretch of the Crumlin Road back to their hall. Photograph: Justin Kernaghan/Photopress Belfast

The second biggest date on the Orange calendar apart from the Twelfth witnessed the second biggest Orange District on Earth take to the streets of eas(...)

“The recent union flag controversy is perhaps the most obvious example of blows suffered by loyalists in general,” says Rev Mervyn Gibson, Orange Order chaplain. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters.

Failure lies in wait for young working-class Protestant males. That is the stark warning in a recent Community Relations Council report presented to t(...)

Rev Mervyn Gibson commented he would prefer a memorial rather than a mural to Gerry Adams. He subsequently said he wished no one dead.  Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill

The Orange Order’s grand chaplain has defended his comment that he would prefer a “memorial” rather than a “mural” to be created to Sinn Féin presiden(...)

Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson (left) and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness: Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

First Minister Peter Robinson has accused Martin McGuinness of speaking like a “dictator” and making “unhelpful and irrational” comments that were dam(...)

 Dr Richard Haass in Belfast: The US diplomat, among many ideas, has suggested a single investigative body to deal with Troubles-related killings. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

One senior talks source in a non-Swiftian non-ironical way described Dr Richard Haass’s paper on how to deal with parades, the past and flags as a “mo(...)

PSNI officers face an Orange Order banner during a protest  on the Woodvale Road in Belfast on Saturday. Photograph by  Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye.

The Orange Order has confirmed it will continue to hold weekly protest marches in Belfast in the short-term, but has stressed it will be exploring “ot(...)

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