Author: John Alderdice

Why has this Generation dropped the baton….?

On the long and winding road of the Northern Ireland Peace Process the most important lesson we learned was that such intractable, violent, political problems were a result of disturbed historic relationships between communities of people. The three key sets of relationships upon which the negotiations and subsequent institutions were based were between Protestant Unionists…

……the danger in Europe is that it will not be a ‘sham fight’…..

Have you ever heard of the ‘Sham Fight’?………. Interested outsiders to Northern Ireland will often have heard of the Orange marches held on the Twelfth of July.  They will probably be less familiar with the ‘Sham Fight’ conducted in the little town of Scarva today, as it is on the 13th July every year, with actors…

……..the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

A sermon preached before the University of Dublin in the Chapel of Trinity College Dublin by John, Lord Alderdice, on Trinity Monday, 11 April 2016. Provost, Ceann Comhairle, Senator, Chaplains, Fellows, Scholars, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, it is a great honour to be invited to preach here in Trinity College on Trinity Monday, and…

……it’s a difficult decision, and the prospects for the future are not good……

  Yesterday parliament was recalled at very short notice from the long recess to debate the prospect of air-strikes in Iraq.   I led for the Liberal Democrats in the debate in the House of Lords, indeed because of the timing of the interventions I was the first Liberal Democrat to speak in either House.  Fifty-nine members of the House spoke…