Letter from… Belfast

By Austyn Close, Senior Executive The times they are a-changin’ Cast your mind back to when we first entered this health crisis. Slogans and chants of togetherness embedded on the idea that everyone must pull together was the peoples’ way of uniting against a common enemy. The virus knew no prejudice and certainly didn’t discriminate…

Letter from… Belfast

By Austyn Close, Senior Executive Coronavirus is still very much front and centre of the public’s consciousness here in Northern Ireland. While restrictions are easing as of today, people in Belfast view this change with scepticism.  The signs of this are evident from both within homes and on the roads. The pleading cry of doctors…

When is a deal not a deal? When it’s a NI Assembly deal.

By Chris Midgley Last night Táiniste (taw-nish-ta) Simon Coveney and Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Julian Smith announced “New Decade, New Approach” a 62-page draft agreement designed to restore power sharing in Northern Ireland. It has taken three years and countless hours of negotiations to get here and yet, still, we are nowhere. As…