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A ten year plan for a united Ireland

Posted on January 25th, 2019 · Posted in Belfast Telegraph

Whatever happens now with Brexit seems bound to make Irish reunification more likely.  A bad Brexit, perhaps with controlled borders, would create economic damage sufficient to encourage voters in Northern.. read more

Does Northern Ireland’s Executive really matter?

Posted on March 23rd, 2018 · Posted in Belfast Telegraph

Apparently it doesn’t much matter whether we have a functioning Executive to govern us – at least as far as the economy is concerned.  Invest NI told the Belfast Telegraph.. read more

An all island economy?

Posted on March 23rd, 2018 · Posted in Belfast Telegraph

In June last year, the respected economist David McWilliams wrote in the Belfast Telegraph how the changing demographics of Northern Ireland create the likelihood of a united Ireland.  Those from.. read more

Buying the DUP

Posted on January 2nd, 2018 · Posted in Belfast Telegraph

“Money, that’s what I want.”  It’s a Beatles song from 1963, though originally a Tamla Motown track.  It is also probably a fair indicator of what is on the script.. read more

Trump presidency could be bad news for Northern Ireland

Posted on November 15th, 2016 · Posted in Belfast Telegraph

Northern Ireland’s best hope for the Donald Trump presidency is probably that he didn’t actually mean what he said to get elected.  If he did mean it, there could be.. read more

What now for Northern Ireland’s manufacturers?

Posted on August 25th, 2016 · Posted in Belfast Telegraph

Britain was known as the ‘Workshop of the World’ during the Industrial Revolution.  For generations since, Northern Ireland has been one of the UK’s own workshops, manufacturing goods for export.. read more

Is the Game over for Northern Ireland’s film industry?

Posted on August 25th, 2016 · Posted in Belfast Telegraph

For millions of fans the Game is almost up – the Game of Thrones that is.  HBO has announced that the programme will end after Series Eight in 2018 –.. read more

Why we should worry about the link between politicians and child abuse

Posted on August 22nd, 2016 · Posted in Belfast Telegraph

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse, or IICSA – is in crisis.  Its third chair, New Zealand judge Dame Lowell Goddard, has just resigned and a replacement, Professor Alexis.. read more

Where now for Northern Ireland’s economy?

Posted on July 14th, 2016 · Posted in Belfast Telegraph

The fallout from the Brexit vote continues – and continues to disproportionately affect Northern Ireland.  The focus now is on how the intention to cut the UK’s corporation tax rate.. read more

Planning for Brexit

Posted on July 1st, 2016 · Posted in Belfast Telegraph

Brexit is a reality: let’s get on with dealing with its implications.  Leave campaigners – notably our secretary of state Theresa Villiers – promised that Brexit would not lead to.. read more

The Brexit effect

Posted on July 1st, 2016 · Posted in Belfast Telegraph

  Northern Ireland households will feel some gains as well as losses as the immediate impact of the Brexit vote is felt.  First, the good news.  Interest rates will stay.. read more

Deadlock hurting education and future society

Posted on October 9th, 2015 · Posted in Belfast Telegraph

There was a horrible irony about the timing of Stephen Farry’s call yesterday to support our universities. “Higher education drives our knowledge economy by equipping our people with skills companies.. read more