Posts Tagged ‘Northern Ireland’

Brexit begets atmosphere of uncertainty in Northern Ireland Comments 0

Thursday, August 15th, 2019

Recent Brexit discussions have resulted in an atmosphere of uncertainty in Northern Ireland, says the Bishop of Derry Donal McKeown. “Even the Unionists, that is those (in Northern Ireland) who feel they are rather more English, are of the opinion that from the economic point of view it would be better to remain part of Read more

British PM aims to restore Protestant-Catholic power-sharing Comments 0

Thursday, August 1st, 2019

New British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday finished his rocky debut tour of the UK in Northern Ireland, where he faces a doubly difficult challenge: Restoring the collapsed Belfast government and finding a solution for the Irish border after Brexit. Since he took office a week ago, Johnson has been touring England, Scotland, Wales Read more

Showing horror movies in an abandoned church a cheap stunt Comments 0

Monday, July 31st, 2017

Using an abandoned church in Northern Ireland as a film festival venue to show horror movies like The Exorcist and The Omen is a “cheap stunt” as well as “cynical and crass”, says Belfast-based priest Fr. Patrick McCafferty. The former Holy Rosary Church which will host the movies has been closed since 1980 and is Read more

Social housing queue slower for Northern Ireland’s Catholics Comments 0

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

Accessing social housing takes Catholics in Northern Ireland six months longer than Protestants, a newly released study  says. Where Protestants wait about nine months to be placed in social housing, Catholics wait 15 months on average, the report from the Equality Commission says. The report – ‘Statement on Key Inequalities in Housing and Communities in Read more

Bonfires commemorating Protestant victory over Catholics “sinful” Comments 0

Friday, November 18th, 2016

Bonfires commemorating a Protestant victory over Catholics in 1690 Ireland are sinful. That’s the Rev. Frank Sellar’s view, anyway. Sellar, who is the moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland said the bonfires are “a means by which we pass on to succeeding generations the sins of our fathers.” The fires are lit in loyalist Read more

Former Manchester United player enters seminary Comments 0

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

A former Manchester United footballer has started his studies towards the priesthood. Former Northern Ireland international Phil Mulryne, 34, has enrolled at the Pontifical Irish College in Rome. During his time as a footballer Mulryne dated a model, Nicola Chapman. He was once sent home from the Northern Ireland squad in 2005 after breaking a Read more

Ian Paisley Comments 0

Friday, September 19th, 2014

Ian Paisley was probably the most fiery, uncompromising and bellicose Ulster politician throughout the Troubles. But late in life, one of the most turbulent figures in Northern Ireland politics throughout the 20th century underwent a transformation. The man who constantly declared “No surrender” to Republican views, suddenly agreed to share power in a Northern Ireland Read more

Anti-Catholic politician Rev. Ian Paisley dies in Belfast Comments 0

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Northern Ireland politician Rev. Ian Paisley, who was infamous for his anti-Catholic rhetoric, yet came to share power with his enemies, has died. Rev. Paisley died in Belfast on September 12, aged 88. He had a history of heart ailments. He served as First Minister of Northern Ireland for a year when power was first Read more

Church backs unionists on same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland Comments 0

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

The Catholic Church has backed unionist politicians’ moves to block legalised same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland. A Sinn Fein motion to introduce same-sex marriage legislation is likely to be defeated in the Northern Ireland assembly next week. Unionist parties will introduce a “petition of concern” against the move. Under the rules of the Stormont assembly, Read more

Security forces colluded in killing Irish Catholics Comments 0

Friday, October 25th, 2013

The murders of more than 100 Catholics during the Troubles in Northern Ireland involved members of the security forces, according to a new book that draws on recently declassified official documents. The book, Lethal Allies: British Collusion in Ireland, concludes that systematic collusion existed between the security forces and loyalist assassins during the 1970s. It Read more