The Road to Irish Independence

April 09, 2018

Former Prime Minister John Bruton reflects on Irish history during the civil wars. Ireland will soon commemorate a conflict that took place between 1919 and 1923. It is customary to refer to the conflict between 1919 and 1921 as the War of Independence and that between 1922 and 1923 as the Civil...

Martin McGuinness: The IRA Commander’s Political Path

March 22, 2017

Martin McGuinness, who died on March 21, 2017, remains a controversial figure in Northern Irish history. During the Troubles in Northern Ireland, some Ulster unionists blamed the Catholic education system for promoting an Irish nationalist identity among the minority population. This, they...

No Sinn Fein, Responsibility Comes With Power

March 20, 2015

Former Prime Minister John Bruton argues that an unwillingness to accept that with power comes responsibility is at the heart of the Northern Ireland crisis. I write about the following matter with some feeling because, like others, I have devoted a significant amount of time and effort over...