Deirdre Heenan

Deirdre Heenan

North’s prolonged political deadlock is costing lives

North’s prolonged political deadlock is costing lives

Spiralling waiting lists and a failure to tackle high rates of mental illness are glaring symptoms of the breakdown at Stormont

The DUP were sold out by Johnson, but they should have seen it coming

The DUP were sold out by Johnson, but they should have seen it coming

The Democratic Unionist Party got a taste of power, but they overplayed their hand and were outmanoeuvred by Brexiteers whose commitment to the union ultimately came second to their desire to get Brexit done

SDLP must find its backbone to win back Hume’s home patch

SDLP must find its backbone to win back Hume’s home patch

The SDLP was floored by the loss of its then leader Mark Durkan’s seat in the 2017 general election wipeout. Two years later, it has yet to get back on its feet

O’Dowd leadership challenge is a watershed for Sinn Féin

O’Dowd leadership challenge is a watershed for Sinn Féin

In a party whose leaders are anointed, rather than contested, the challenge to O’Neill may signal a move towards more democratic principles

Foster is too divisive to end the North’s impasse

Foster is too divisive to end the North’s impasse

The DUP leader’s brusque manner and provocative behaviour towards nationalists are undermining any hopes of reconciliation

The new man on the job faces the same old issues

The new man on the job faces the same old issues

Julian Smith’s arrival as Northern secretary was welcomed by some, but he may struggle to bridge a widening gulf

Johnson will drop the North from the union to save Brexit

Johnson will drop the North from the union to save Brexit

The Tory leadership frontrunner would happily throw his allies under a bus if it advanced his own ambitions