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 →


By Seán Brennan The ‘fallout’ from Michael D. Higgins’ refusal to attend a ‘reconciliation’ event, organised by ‘the four main churches’ in Armagh, in September 2021, appears to have created a ‘moment’ when it has become possible to openly critique the ‘peace process’ for the public good. With Northern Ireland lauded internationally as an exemplar... Continue Reading →

Presidential libraries and the writing of the role of the United States in Northern Ireland

By Andrew Sanders – There are currently thirteen Presidential Libraries in the portfolio of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). These are scattered across the United States, from Yorba Linda and Simi Valley in California (Nixon and Reagan, respectively), to Boston, MA and Hyde Park, NY (Kennedy and Franklin Roosevelt). The first of these... 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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