Deirdre Heenan: Clinging on to the North’s ‘two tribes’ system is undesirable and unsustainable

It may be time to accept that Northern Ireland’s current system of mandatory coalition is obsolete and outdated

Parliament Buildings at Stormont. By any measure, the delivery record of the current Stormont regime is appalling and a story of abject failure. Picture: Getty

One of the few things on which there is agreement in the North is that there will be a period of renegotiations between the political parties after the forthcoming Assembly elections on Thursday.

Since 1998, a pattern has emerged of a Stormont crisis: intensive multi-party talks facilitated by the British and Irish governments, deadlines, false dawns and eventually an agreed new plan. A by now predictable charade.

“Blueprints” for the future have included the St ...