Ulster-Scots and parity of esteem: a partisan tool?

By Nolwenn Rousvoal- Parity of esteem was used as a conceptual tool in the early 1990s in Northern Ireland during the peace negotiation process in order to accommodate the aspirations of nationalists and unionists under the framework of “two traditions”. The idea behind this concept, which is enshrined in the 1998 Belfast/Good Friday Agreement, was... Continue Reading →

Irish and Loyal: The Irish Language and Identity in Northern Ireland

By Abigail Wise – Whether or not we realise it, everyone possesses some level of national identity that has been actively constructed. We may not be doing the construction personally, but our choices – and they are choices – to hold a certain passport, profess a certain religion, or speak a certain language often allow... Continue Reading →

In a Little World of their Own?

By Aaron Edwards – In his In a Little World of our Own Northern Irish playwright Gary Mitchell takes us on a journey inside the dark heart of paramilitary loyalism. One of the key protagonists, Ray, describes how he became active in the Ulster Defence Association. ‘When you started and when I started we didn’t... Continue Reading →

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