Stormont farce to continue as long as British government strings DUP along

Change to Good Friday Agreement may be needed if power sharing is to return to the North

Jeffrey Donaldson leader of the DUP, who have refused to re-enter power-sharing

Since the re-establishment of devolution in the North following the Good Friday Agreement, governments have been fragile and prone to crisis. Optimism that power sharing would eventually become embedded and resistant to collapse has dissipated.

Prolonged periods of political instability, the absence of a government and increasing antagonism between the DUP and other political parties have fuelled the “this is never going to work narrative”.

This volatility inevitably amplified calls for reform of the Good ...