Posts tagged: ireland

  • After the election, what next for Northern Ireland?

    The results of the recent British general election signalled a momentous shift for one area in particular: Northern Ireland. In this article, Luke Butterly analyses the results and asks what this signals for the future of the region.

  • A Welcome to Northern Ireland sign is marked with bullet holes on February 17, 2019 in Ballyconnell, Ireland. (Charles McQuillan / Getty Images)

    Britain’s Troubles, Ireland’s Pain

    Fifty years ago, British troops were deployed on Northern Irish streets in the name of keeping the peace. But their actions simply worsened the crisis — fueling a conflict that still casts a shadow today.

  • Sinn Fein northern leader Michelle O'Neill addresses party members and the media as she attends the launch of the party's European Parliament election manifesto and their candidate Martina Anderson at the Waterfront Hall on May 13, 2019 in Belfast, Northe

    From Brexit to a United Ireland

    The crisis surrounding Britain’s break with the EU has revitalized support for Irish unity. Yet with Brexit still hanging in the balance, Sinn Féin’s path to its historic goal is anything but clear.

  • Barrier around an immigration detention centre. Hope Street, Larne, Northern Ireland. Credit: Emmet Thornton

    Northern Ireland's hidden borders

    There has been a resistance to Brexit causing 'hard borders' around Northern Ireland. But, as Luke Butterly argues, the reality for those who do not meet the criteria of 'Irishness' or 'Britishness' is that there has been a hard border on the island for many years.