Joint authority is the next step for Northern Ireland

The Irish foreign minister, Simon Coveney, recently caused a stir at Westminster. Coveney demanded a voice for the Irish government in the administration of Northern Ireland, remarking that “there can be no British-only direct rule” in the province.   The next day in the House of Commons, Theresa May herself ruled out any sharing of […]

Varadkar would be an exclusionary Taoiseach

If Leo Varadkar becomes Taoiseach, it might seem to mark a positive step in Irish politics. A young, openly gay man with a name far from the traditional titles encountered in the Irish political arena will be in the top political position in Ireland. In reality, little will change in Ireland’s conservative, centrist political mindset […]


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