Theresa May’s speech in Belfast last Friday ripped up the agreed position on the Northern Ireland ‘backstop’ deal her government had reached with the EU-27 in December last year.
How to estimate the significance of an historic figure of recent passing? Martin McGuinness’s portrait now adorns murals in Ireland, alongside Wolf Tone, Constance Markievicz, James Connolly and similar giants of Ireland’s struggle for freedom. Such positioning is not outlandish. It’s what Martin earnt.
Sinn Féin held its Ard Fheis (conference) in Belfast on 15 and 16 June. Visitors and delegates were immediately made aware of a transition by the colour scheme. External and internal posters were purple and white; the stage back drop was purple and white with the platform party sitting at green covered tables.
The Democratic Unionist Party, currently sustaining in office the minority Tory government, is playing a key role in proposals to alter Britain’s parliamentary electoral boundaries to hamper the advance of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour.
*** Ireland repeals anti-abortion 8th amendment
*** North Korea talks back on… or perhaps not
On Friday 25 May 2018 a referendum will be held on whether or not to repeal the Eighth Amendment to the Republic of Ireland’s Constitution in order to pave the way for progressive reforms that will enable women to access safe and legal abortion in Ireland.