Beneath are excerpts from interviews I conducted with David Ervine, MLA and PUP leader in June and September 2006 at the PUP Office on East Belfast’s Newtownards Road. Note: these interviews were carried out as part of the field research for my 2009 doctoral thesis ‘The Protestant Working Class in Northern Ireland – Political Allegiance […]
Last March I organised an event at Skainos in East Belfast entitled ‘David Ervine – Loyalism and Labour.’ The evening was partially funded by the QUB Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities and the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. ‘Loyalism and Labour’ was part of a series of community outreach events organised by […]
Almost a year ago I was invited to speak at the inaugural lecture of the East Belfast ACT Initiative. Other speakers at the event were Iain Turner (Balaclava Street) and William Mitchell, the ACT coordinator. Below the flyer is the text of my contribution.
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In the late 1970s (c.1979 I think) John McKeague, the former leader of the Red Hand Commando, granted the Limerick Echo an interview. The interview was re-printed in two parts by the UVF newspaper Combat. The interview is fascinating and provides an insight into McKeague’s thinking on Ulster independence, federalism, a ‘Troubles amnesty’ and the interference of the […]
Sometimes when you look over old writing you can feel a bit embarrassed. This doesn’t mean that it wasn’t good or useful at the time. This chapter from my PhD thesis (2008) proves that I was never going to be a political scientist, but it is still a decent summary of some of the issues […]
Last week I received the two anonymous reports for my book. They were both highly complimentary and included a few tweaks that I will seek to make after Christmas. The book is scheduled to be published in September 2016 and I’m already sketching out ideas for another book. I can’t decide on a title, having […]