Representing the Working Class in Northern Ireland

By Ciara McAllister- In April this year, as tensions rose in unionist communities over Brexit and policing, images of violence in Belfast flooded our newsfeeds. I was struck by a number of views and responses that I saw repeated by various political, academic and community commentators. On Twitter, the unrest was presented in three ways:... Continue Reading →

Burning Peace? Eleventh Night Bonfires and the Legacy of the ‘Troubles’

By Amanda Hall- Eleventh Night bonfires have been growing in controversy in recent years: reaching new heights, gaining new imagery, and intensifying the disconnect between loyalist communities and the state – especially between services such as the fire brigade and the police. This year’s bonfires, roaring back after they were largely curtailed by the pandemic... Continue Reading →

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