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Dublin: 11 °C Thursday 24 April, 2014

Wednesday 9 April, 2014

Column: Bold gestures are necessary for a genuinely inclusive Northern Ireland

As President Michael D Higgins takes part in an historic trip to the UK, we should reflect on what other valuable gestures could help heal old wounds, writes David McCann.

Tuesday 11 February, 2014

Column: Let’s consider Albert Reynolds’ legacy on the anniversary of his election

Reynolds was in office less than three years, yet his legacy still resonates today, writes David McCann. So just what should we remember about one the country’s shortest serving leaders?

Thursday 2 January, 2014

Column: Failure of Haass talks highlights two serious problems in modern Northern Ireland

The ‘silo mentality’ of Stomont doesn’t solve controversial issues or give the public confidence in politics – and it’s the reason Haass came up against a brick wall when he tried to forge common ground, writes David McCann.

Tuesday 22 October, 2013

Column: What is Jack Lynch’s legacy?

Despite the highs and lows of his political career, former Taoiseach Jack Lynch was still described as “the most popular politician since Daniel O’Connell”, writes David McCann on the 14th anniversary of the death.

Sunday 20 October, 2013

Column: The Celtic Tiger mauled Ireland, so why are NI politicians trying to mimic it?

The fascination some politicians in Northern Ireland have with the Republic’s boom years is creating some strange political bedfellows and confusing policies, writes David McCann.

Wednesday 11 September, 2013

Column: Today’s officials should look to TK Whitaker’s approach as they consider economic problems

TK Whitaker’s approach to public service shows that ‘thinking outside the box’ can be invaluable in solving political, social and economic issues – he remains one of the most remarkable figures of Irish public life, writes David McCann.

Monday 26 August, 2013

Column: If the rumours are true and Peter Robinson steps down, who will replace him?

There has been some speculation that Peter Robinson’s time as First Minister may be coming to an end. David McCann takes a look at the two ministers that are tipped to fill his boots.

Friday 9 August, 2013

Column: There should not be any ‘no go’ areas for politicians in Belfast

The contemptible attack on Mayor Máirtín Ó Muilleoir put the worst aspects of Belfast city on display last week. Do we really want a city where the mayor is seen as an enemy simply because he comes from the other community? asks David McCann.

Tuesday 23 July, 2013

Column: Northern Ireland and the dangers of the ‘mission accomplished’ narrative

Riots in Belfast during the 12th July overshadowed glimmers of hope shown in places like Derry. Either way, Northern Ireland will ultimately sink or swim based on the actions chosen in the months and years ahead, writes David McCann.

Monday 8 July, 2013

Column: There’s a case for a United Ireland but it doesn’t lie in voodoo economics

If we want to end the partition between the Republic and Northern Ireland, then we need to embrace some realistic solutions for the economic future, writes David McCann.

Sunday 30 June, 2013

Column: Remembering ‘Garret the Good’ and his legacy on Irish politics

In today’s poll-driven political culture we sometimes forget that to fail sometimes, you at least have to try. While Garret Fitzgerald did have failures, he also had the courage to do what he thought was right, writes David McCann.

Sunday 23 June, 2013

Column: Obama’s speech was an insight into the current state of politics in Northern Ireland

Speaking directly to the next generation of Northern Ireland, like Obama did, is what we need, says David McCann, who writes that it is the duty of younger people to get ready, take charge and drive the agenda forward.

Sunday 2 June, 2013

Column: The victims of the Troubles were not ‘collateral damage’ and they deserve justice

The introduction of a bill that would ban people convicted of serious offences from being appointed as a special advisor to a minister in Northern Ireland has raised more serious questions: who are the victims of the Troubles – and have we forgotten them?

Friday 17 May, 2013

Column: Three things modern politicians should learn from the Lemass era

Séan Lemass is one of the few Irish leaders whose popularity transcends political parties – but his path wasn’t always an easy one. Modern politicians could learn a lot from his approach to politics, writes David McCann.

Saturday 27 April, 2013

Column: Why are people disengaging with politics in Northern Ireland?

Following the signing of the Good Friday Agreement, more than 70 per cent of people turned out to elect the first assembly. Fast forward 15 years and the people seem disenchanted, but why, asks David McCann.

Tuesday 9 April, 2013

Column: Few politicians have courted controversy and adoration like Thatcher

In Ireland, we tend to think of Margaret Thatcher as either the prime minister who let the hunger strikers die or the pragmatist who signed the Anglo-Irish Agreement. David McCann wonders if this is too narrow a view.

Friday 29 March, 2013

Column: Not enough has been done to uphold the spirit of the Good Friday Agreement

It’s true Northern Ireland has come a long way over the last fifteen years, but we cannot afford to hang the ‘mission accomplished’ banner over the peace process, writes David McCann.

Thursday 28 February, 2013

Column: The Government could learn from the mistakes of Cosgrave’s National Coalition

On the 40th anniversary of the election of the Fine Gael-Labour coalition that ended a record sixteen years of Fianna Fáil government, David McCann reflects on what lessons the current government should take from its predecessors.

Friday 8 February, 2013

Column: To move on from the Troubles we have to face the past with compassion

Behind each death of the Troubles are real, grieving people – many of whom have been waiting for the truth for far too long, writes David McCann.

Wednesday 23 January, 2013

Column: Border poll? Frankly, now isn’t the time

Calls for a vote on reunification betray an ignorance of the real issues affecting Ireland today, writes David McCann.

Friday 4 January, 2013

Column: Viewed from abroad, Ireland’s reconciliation is a success story

David McCann travelled to Korea, a partitioned country with a chequered economic history. The view from there is very different, he writes.

Thursday 6 December, 2012

Column: Real reform is being overlooked in the deficit scramble

There was broad consensus that our political system needed major change, writes David McCann – but that now seems largely forgotten.

Sunday 11 November, 2012

Column: ‘Surely it’s time Ireland embraced the memorial poppy’

It’s not about choosing sides – Ireland should lose its timidity and commemorate fallen Irish soldiers, writes David McCann.

Saturday 20 October, 2012

Column: Ireland has to stay neutral on Scottish independence

We’ve always decried interference into our affairs on this island – it would serve us well to afford the same approach to the 2014 referendum in Scotland.

Friday 28 September, 2012

Column: Why sorry is the hardest word

How can a government be asked to apologise for something in recent history when the full facts have yet to be disclosed, writes David McCann.

Wednesday 12 September, 2012

Column: Why is Alan Ryan’s funeral the face of republicanism?

If politicians don’t want the masked men marching in a funeral cortege to continue being seen as the real face of republicanism, writes David McCann, they need to change the conversation.

Wednesday 29 August, 2012

Column: Surely Loyalist marchers want a better image than this?

The violence during parades in Belfast last weekend have David McCann pondering the need for Unionism to appeal to Catholics as well as Protestants.

Sunday 12 August, 2012

Column: It’s 30 years since GUBU. Now THAT was a political battle.

University of Ulster politics academic David McCann recalls the events of 1982 – and says we’ve never seen such a politically-charged atmosphere in this country since that turbulent year.

Tuesday 7 August, 2012

Column: Sinn Féin is partitionist when it comes to party policy

Can SF hope to represent voters on a 32-county basis, asks David McCann, when they can’t keep their policies aligned north and south of the border?

Sunday 8 July, 2012

Column: The British government is facing separation anxiety

But this isn’t about Ireland for a change as the Falklands and Scotland look to upcoming referendums on their future, writes David McCann from the University of Ulster.

Thursday 5 July, 2012

Column: Jack Lynch’s victory 35 years today was a PR one…

…But while the watershed campaign gave Fianna Fáil a landslide in 1977, writes David McCann, the triumph was short-lived and carries lessons for us today.

Sunday 24 June, 2012

Column: What is it about North-South relations that leaves us cold?

Dialogue between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic seems limited to transport and tourism, writes David McCann, and the general public is disinterested. So what to do to bring us closer together?

Friday 22 June, 2012

Column: What we’re seeing is a charade – Sinn Féin’s decision is already made

Will Martin McGuinness meet the Queen? The real question is who the party wants to represent, writes David McCann.