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Thursday 12 March, 2015
Northern Ireland’s peace is Ireland’s peace, we’ve all benefited and all of us must make sure we keep it
As the South approaches the next election pressure needs to be placed upon politicians to re-engage with the peace process.
Saturday 13 September, 2014
Historically it is appropriate to remember that substantial figure has gone and it is worth just remembering his substantial contribution to our politics.
Thursday 21 August, 2014
As I sit here in Belfast, there are no British soldiers patrolling the streets and paramilitaries no longer conduct massive bombing campaigns because of the leadership of people like Albert Reynolds.
Thursday 10 July, 2014
Gilmore’s light touch approach to Northern Ireland was one of his biggest misjudgements as a minister. Here are the three things his successor should consider…
Sunday 11 May, 2014
David McCann says now is the time for action from Dublin and London who should intervene and assist political leaders in Northern Ireland.
Wednesday 9 April, 2014
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
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
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
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
Wednesday 11 September, 2013
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Calls for a vote on reunification betray an ignorance of the real issues affecting Ireland today, writes David McCann.
Friday 4 January, 2013
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
There was broad consensus that our political system needed major change, writes David McCann – but that now seems largely forgotten.
Sunday 11 November, 2012
It’s not about choosing sides – Ireland should lose its timidity and commemorate fallen Irish soldiers, writes David McCann.
Saturday 20 October, 2012
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
…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
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
Will Martin McGuinness meet the Queen? The real question is who the party wants to represent, writes David McCann.