Category Archives: Public Affairs

One step at a time: Barry Owens

Becoming captain of Fermanagh after open heart surgery and two painful knee operations “meant everything” to Teemore man Barry Owens, who is now “disappointed” that 11 players have decided to leave the...

Jim Nicholson MEP

Conservative and Unionist MEP Jim Nicholson was elected in 1989 and has previously served as a UUP Assembly member (1982-1986) and a councillor in Armagh (1977-1997). He was also elected as the...

Up from the dark: Chilean miner

A Chilean miner recounts his story of the San José rescue, Peter Cheney reports. A first hand account of 2010’s most remarkable good new story was heard, when Chilean miner José Henríquez...

Mark Durkan

This month, Mark Durkan tells Meadhbh Monahan that while he has chosen three American history books, he also enjoys childhood adventure tales and political satire. Boomsday AUTHOR: Christopher Buckley Christopher Buckley is...

The great data release

Peter Cheney considers the pros and cons of the UK Government’s transparency plans. Statistics don’t tell the full story by themselves but can help the public ‘follow the money’. “This is a...

Danny Kennedy

A new series on politicians’ favourite books. Danny Kennedy’s favourite reads cover the thoughtful and entertaining, as well as the stories of a minister he admires and one with whom he disagreed....

William Thompson

MP for West Tyrone 1997-2001 26 October 1939 – 12 December 2010 Very much the quiet country unionist, William Thompson only twice entered the political spotlight. Firstly in triumph, he found himself...

Between rocks and hard places

Ireland was once two islands and the Mourne mountains were as hot as California’s Death Valley, a new book outlines. Ireland has a complicated and intriguing geological history but many do not...