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 →

A Larne Perspective

By D.A. Whitcombe- The Good Friday Agreement is often seen as the start of the peace process in Northern Ireland.  As a child, I remember the relief on my parents’ and teachers’ faces when the result came in. However, there were plenty of people who voted against the Agreement: those who had not chosen ‘hope... Continue Reading →

Writing the Troubles Workshop 2017

By Thomas Dolan – The incursion of Arlene Foster, the DUP and, by extension Sinn Féin, back onto the centre-stage of British politics has produced an upsurge of interest in the political situation in Northern Ireland reminiscent of the darker days of its long-running conflict. A fake news article circulating on social media during the fallout... Continue Reading →

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