Andrew McQuillan

Sinn Fein’s rise to power is nothing to celebrate

3 February 2024 3:39 am

The resumption of devolution in Northern Ireland – scheduled for tomorrow after the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) reached a deal…

Ireland is falling out of love with Sinn Fein

29 January 2024 11:35 pm

Is the Sinn Fein star starting to wane? Support for the party has hit its lowest level for four years…

Agreeing to power-sharing now could ruin the DUP

20 January 2024 1:02 am

Once upon a time, a young unionist politician marched out of a talks process. Recalling the incident later, he said: ‘I…

South Africa has no right to lecture Israel

12 January 2024 8:53 pm

As South Africa presented its case accusing Israel of genocide to the International Court of Justice, the presence of former…

The families of IRA terrorists shouldn’t get compensation

4 January 2024 6:27 pm

In the period between Christmas and New Year archives in both Belfast and Dublin are opened and documents are declassified.…

The tension simmering beneath the Dublin riots

24 November 2023 8:36 pm

The situation in Dublin yesterday – in which five people were injured in a knife attack in the heart of…

Suella Braverman has a point about Northern Ireland

9 November 2023 11:36 pm

Suella Braverman’s description of pro-Palestinian protests as being ‘disturbingly reminiscent of Ulster’ has given the Province’s political class yet another…

Sinn Fein’s troubling ‘solidarity’ with Palestinians

14 October 2023 5:35 pm

Black Mountain, which looms above West Belfast, acts as a blank canvas for Irish republicans to plaster their thoughts across.…

The Orange order risks damaging the cause for Irish unionism

13 July 2023 10:31 pm

Another year and another July has come round where viewers in the UK have been treated to the sight of…

Will Northern Ireland ever learn to solve its own problems?

13 April 2023 12:58 am

If the relationship between the UK and the United States is allegedly special, the relationship between Northern Irish politicians and…

The Good Friday Agreement hasn’t solved Northern Ireland’s troubles

30 March 2023 1:46 am

Northern Ireland is a few weeks out from a Davos-style gathering of the great and the good to mark 25…

Rishi Sunak’s Protocol could tear the DUP apart

2 March 2023 9:44 pm

Will the Windsor Framework prove the undoing of Jeffrey Donaldson and the DUP? The mood music amongst some of the…

The DUP has a right to be difficult over the Northern Ireland Protocol

23 February 2023 6:08 pm

It’s easy to take an unsympathetic view of the Democratic Unionist Party. For many, its politicians are caricatures of the…

Nicola Sturgeon is running out of road

23 November 2022 11:26 pm

Nicola Sturgeon gave a predictable response to the Supreme Court’s ruling that the Scottish government does not have the power…

Another set of Northern Irish elections won’t solve anything

30 October 2022 7:22 pm

Northern Ireland is set for another election. The failure to reboot the province’s power-sharing Executive by the deadline last Friday…

The sectarian shame of Ireland's women's football team

14 October 2022 8:49 pm

How bad is Irish nationalism’s sectarian problem? In the somewhat Panglossian world occupied by nationalist and republican activists and politicians…

Are Northern Ireland's unionists about to hand Sinn Fein victory?

4 May 2022 8:21 pm

‘Ulster stands at the crossroads,’ Northern Ireland’s prime minister Terence O’Neill famously declared in 1968 as the Troubles began to take hold. A crossroads…

Could the rise of Sinn Fein lead to a united Ireland?

17 November 2021 7:22 am

The possibility of a political wing of a terrorist organisation becoming a party of government in an EU member state would…

When will the DUP realise the truth about the Tory Brexit strategy?

8 September 2021 11:27 pm

Are the Tories serious about getting rid of the troublesome Northern Ireland Protocol? The latest extension to the so-called grace period –…

Northern Irish unionists are united against the protocol

22 July 2021 11:30 pm

The DUP’s departed leader Edwin Poots spoke in his valedictory interview of a ‘significant victory’ heading unionism’s way regarding its…

The Troubles amnesty and the hypocrisy of Sinn Fein

22 July 2021 6:43 pm

Predictably – and understandably – the Northern Ireland Office’s proposed amnesty for crimes relating to the Troubles has resulted in…

Has Boris Johnson forgotten what he once said about IRA terrorists?

14 July 2021 9:23 pm

Boris Johnson’s approach to dealing with historical prosecutions in Northern Ireland has achieved that unique political feat in the Province: uniting both…

The DUP is tearing itself apart

18 June 2021 1:28 am

Late last night, the UK government and Sinn Fein went over the heads of the DUP and agreed on a…

The DUP has been broken by Brexit

31 May 2021 4:46 pm

Are we witnessing the end of the DUP as the dominant unionist party in Northern Ireland? Tumultuous events in Belfast in…

Could Sinn Fein become the largest party in Northern Ireland?

25 May 2021 4:00 pm

In 2022, a year after its centenary, there is the chance that Northern Ireland could end up with a nationalist,…