Northern Ireland Census 2021

So the results of Census 2021 in Northern Ireland have now been released. This coincided with some reflections on a call for papers focusing on the relationship between the protection of minority rights and conflict resolution and prevention. Here the experiences of Northern Ireland seem to have little to offer to the debate. Yes, both the Council ofContinue reading “Northern Ireland Census 2021”

Why the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities Matters

I started this blog in part to air some of my frustrations at the limitations and ambiguities embedded within the European minority rights framework. However, I am not a minority rights sceptic. I became interested in minority rights acutely aware of what can happen when minority rights are not respected, and are indeed sometimes trampledContinue reading “Why the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities Matters”

Some Good Friday Refections

Good Friday has always been one of my favourite days of the year, a day of quiet and reflection, but also a day I tend to associate with Spring flowers, longer days and with the prospect of better days (and weather) ahead. From Good Fridays past spent in my Nana’s childhood home in Donegal, thenContinue reading “Some Good Friday Refections”

Why Reflections and Surmises?

It was over twenty years ago that I first started working on minority rights and was introduced to the Council of Europe’s Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. Apparently this was an instrument that had caught the attention of some of those involved in discussions over the Good Friday Agreement 1998 and theContinue reading “Why Reflections and Surmises?”