Articles by Adam McGibbon

Adam McGibbon is from Belfast and works for a charity in London. He is a former student leader in Northern Ireland and a past parliamentary candidate. He has also written for The Guardian, The Independent and New Internationalist Magazine. More at:!/Adammcgibbon

Prominent feminist is new Northern Ireland Green Party Deputy Leader

Posted on November 20, 2014 | Comments Off

Clare Bailey makes her first speech as Deputy Leader with GPNI Leader Steven Agnew Prominent Northern Ireland feminist Clare Bailey is the new Deputy Leader of the Green Party in Northern Ireland. She was elected unanimously to the new Deputy Leader position, which follows the Northern Ireland Green Party’s adoption of a formal role of […]

How Do We Stop The Student Loan Book Sell-Off?

Posted on July 2, 2013 | 16 Comments

  Not content with attacking current and future students, the Coalition government now seek to privatise the student loans book, and thus extend their attack to graduates. This would allow the rates of interest at which graduates repay their loans to be altered from the current 1.5%. For example, the interest rate could more than […]

Inez McCormack – A Tribute

Posted on January 22, 2013 | Comments Off

Mention Inez McCormack to many Northern Irish people of this generation and get blank faces. But Inez McCormack was an incredible, lifelong fighter for justice.  Through her activism, she affected the lives of many for the better. The news reports following her untimely passing from cancer describe her mostly as a ‘trade unionist.’ Yes, that […]

Union of Students in Ireland votes to retain free education stance

Posted on May 29, 2012 | 1 Comment

A special conference of the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), the national union of students in Ireland, has voted to retain the union’s stance that higher education should be 100% funded by the Irish exchequer. This is despite a campaign by some members of the union’s leadership to push the union towards a ‘graduate […]

Students’ union letting agencies – Part of the Solution?

Posted on April 30, 2012 | 1 Comment

After two long years, the project that has dominated most of my Vice Presidency of Queen’s University Belfast Students’ Union has come to fruition – the creation of ‘SU Lets’, a student-focused ethical lettings agency, that finally opened last week. The details of how we got here are long and gruelling. From early beginnings as […]

Where Next For Northern Ireland? The Agreement, 14 Years On

Posted on April 3, 2012 | 2 Comments

When I was ten years old, I remember being dragged out one evening by my parents to the local primary school in Dundonald, East Belfast. Uncooperative and grouchy, I had to stand around bored for a time period that seemed like forever – there were so many grown-ups there, all queuing to stand in well-worn […]

Occupy Belfast create ‘The People’s Bank’

Posted on January 30, 2012 | 2 Comments

Royal Avenue, Belfast’s main city centre thoroughfare, mixes classic architecture with more obviously new arrivals. On the corner of Royal Avenue and North Street lies a grand, art deco building that used to house a branch of the Bank of Ireland and the (long-gone) Belfast Stock Exchange. Having laid silent and bare for over a […]

Why I’m using my tax rebate to sue the taxman

Posted on December 29, 2011 | 5 Comments

A couple of days before Christmas, a letter came in the mail for me. It was for Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs, telling me I was due a tax rebate of £80.89. Coming in the festive season, there was a few things I was considering spending it on. In the end, I decided to gamble […]

DUP Minister Under Pressure As Anti-Fracking Campaign Grows

Posted on November 27, 2011 | Comments Off

The issue of hydraulic fracturing – fracking – has been catapulted into mainstream attention in Northern Ireland over the last few weeks. For those not yet in the know, fracking involves pumping high-pressure chemicals (many of them extremely dangerous) into the ground in order to extract natural gas. The 2010 film ‘Gasland’ documents the devastation […]


Tescopoly: A Green’s Praise for Sammy Wilson

Posted on November 7, 2011 | Comments Off

It’s rare that I’ll have anything very nice to say about the DUP’s Sammy Wilson, our current Northern Ireland Finance Minister. Despite a friend telling me when we were both students that Sammy always dined in the restaurant he worked in and was a gentleman, I don’t think really we’d get on. It’s the Clarkson-esque […]

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