David Ervine – research interviews 2006

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 […]

David Ervine – Loyalism and Labour

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 […]

John McKeague interview with Limerick Echo, late 1970s

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 […]

Reporting back

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 […]