Prominent feminist is new Northern Ireland Green Party Deputy Leader

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 […]

Inez McCormack – A Tribute

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 […]

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

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’

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 […]

DUP Minister Under Pressure As Anti-Fracking Campaign Grows

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

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 […]

Northern Ireland Green Party Conference 2011

The Green Party in Northern Ireland’s conference took place in the Ramada Encore Hotel in Belfast’s trendy Cathedral Quarter last weekend – five minutes’ walk away is Writer’s Square, where Belfast’s fledgling local chapter of the Occupy Movement have set up their tents. Delegates, of course, went down to show support. Conference can tend to […]

Drenched in Oil – Ulster Bank, RBS and Ethics for the Belfast Festival

What links the suffering of the indigenous Cree Indians of Alberta, Canada, the international arms trade and the President of Belarus to a vibrant cultural event in Belfast, Northern Ireland? The answer is Ulster Bank’s sponsorship of the Belfast Festival at Queen’s; or as it’s now called, the ‘Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen’s.’  The […]

Plan To Turn Northern Ireland Into Tax Haven Shelved

In a response to a question asked in the Assembly by Green MLA Steven Agnew, Northern Ireland’s Finance Minister Sammy Wilson revealed that plans to cut the province’s corporation tax rate from the UK rate of 26% to match the Republic of Ireland’s 12.5% rate is now very unlikely to happen during the life of […]

On Integrated Education – Happy 30th, Lagan College

This 4th September marked the 30th birthday of Lagan College, Northern Ireland’s first integrated school – that is, the first school where Catholic and Protestant children were educated together. It’s been an incredible journey – the oft-overlooked and remarkable story of a ground-breaking school started not by the state, but by brave parents who risked […]

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