July 12th and the British-Irish intergovernmental conference but what next?

Upcoming events for Northern Ireland include the July 12th celebrations and a British-Irish intergovernmental conference but what will follow? Summer is a season of marches in Northern Ireland. None are more revered by the Orange Order than those on July 12th, commemorating William of Orange’s victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. “Twelfth Celebrations” include daytime marches and “Twelfth Night” bonfires.  Usually, marching season is not a propitious time for political leaders to address pressing societal challenges. The marches and bonfires can take on sectarian overtones. Last year, a coffin bearing a picture of Martin [...] Read More

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