Tag Archives: Politics

New Secretary of State Theresa Villiers

Theresa Villiers is an ambitious Tory, holding strong views on farming, transport, Europe and Cyprus.  Peter Cheney profiles the new Secretary of State. The eighteenth Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and...

Review of Owen Paterson at NIO

Owen Paterson made his mark by challenging Stormont on its performance and pointing out the risks of a state-dependent economy, Peter Cheney writes.  However, his corporation tax battle may prove unsuccessful and...

Conference season commences

As the leaves fall, members of several national and local political parties will be gathering for their annual conferences this autumn.  Labour’s Northern Ireland members will discuss how to combat youth unemployment...

Conservative and Unionist Party profile

In a final break from the Conservative-UUP pact, the regional arm of the Conservatives has been re-established with stronger links to the party’s national structures. Reg Empey and David Cameron announced the...

Is North/South stalling?

Twelve years on from the North/South Ministerial Council’s formation, the formal structures for cross-border co-operation are standing still although a new form of all-island politics appears to be gaining momentum. Andy Pollak,...

A petitions committee in practice

The Oireachtas is about to become the latest neighbouring legislature to establish a public petitions committee. Stephen Dineen examines the scope for one in the Assembly. A parliamentary committee in Dublin is...

Brussels to Belfast

A need to remember The European Union is “poor at remembering” and must formally commemorate the First and Second World Wars, rather than just moving on, according to Diane Dodds.  The Parliament...

Are constituency offices needed?

Meadhbh Monahan assesses the need for constituency offices, especially as some MPs and TDs can do without one. A common sight in cities, towns and villages across the United Kingdom and Ireland,...