Category Archives: Public Affairs

Brussels to Belfast

EU Budget agreement delayed The European Council summit broke up without agreement on the EU’s 2014-2020 budget but leaders are hoping to complete a deal early next year. David Cameron was under...

America’s decision

Local reflections on Barack Obama’s re-election as US President. “Tonight, more than 200 years after a former colony won the right to determine its own destiny, the task of perfecting our union...

Brussels to Belfast

Political union rejected by MEPs European Commission President José Manuel Barroso used his third state of the union speech to call for a federation of nation-states as an alternative to leaving the...

A covenant centenary

One hundred years on from the Ulster Covenant, Peter Cheney assesses its significance in Irish history and how it shaped the debate over home rule and the union. Ulster’s Solemn League and...

Brussels to Belfast

Northern input into Irish EU presidency The Republic’s EU presidency could extend north of the border under plans discussed by the North/South Ministerial Council.  Its plenary meeting in June discussed the possibility...