Jim Fitzpatrick

Jim Fitzpatrick

Tactical manoeuvres in a search for votes

Tactical manoeuvres in a search for votes

Robinson’s ambiguous decision to ‘step aside’ rather than resign buys time that might resolve political crisis

Rehash of old deals may make difference in North

Rehash of old deals may make difference in North

Freshness of Sinn Féin and DUP pledges will be judged on results

Crisis at Stormont – but no panic in the air

Crisis at Stormont – but no panic in the air

The fact that talks are ongoing suggests the latest crisis will not be the undoing of the Northern Executive

Can the Stormont show be kept on the road?

Can the Stormont show be kept on the road?

Budget welfare cuts from Westminster are threatening to tip the Northern executive into chaos.

Crisis week for Stormont

Crisis week for Stormont

Sinn Féin strategists have eyes on both sides of the border in a welfare confrontation with the DUP that could collapse the Assembly.

The first cut is  the weakest

The first cut is the weakest

Taking potshots at Sinn Féin over welfare cutbacks is disingenuous –Westminster dictates Stormont’s budget

Progress at Stormont as parties face the real world

Progress at Stormont as parties face the real world

The parties are working together to make the best of a bad situation, but who knows how long this will last

We must not replace freedom with fear

We must not replace freedom with fear

Northern Ireland was once riven by violent extremism. Its reconciliation shows France, and the world, that attitudes can change

Stormont deal should encourage leaders to be brave

Stormont deal should encourage leaders to be brave

The new year comes just a week after Christmas and yet the season of gifts and self-indulgence is...

Devolution deadlock

Devolution deadlock

David Cameron and his chancellor are treating the North like a stroppy teenager as the Executive reaches for the purse strings

Stormont deal is a good start, but nothing more

Stormont deal is a good start, but nothing more

‘If it were done when ’tis done, then ‘twere well it were done quickly.” The political pa...

The business case for tolerance

The business case for tolerance

It used to be common enough for threatening gangs in Belfast to stop people and quiz them on thei...

Executive decision puts ball in Cameron’s court on the North

Executive decision puts ball in Cameron’s court on the North

The Northern parties cut a deal on funding request as the economy takes centre stage

Blame game of pointing fingers at Westminster is wearing thin

Blame game of pointing fingers at Westminster is wearing thin

Another crisis, another resolution at Stormont. But the job of governing will become harder as resources shrink.

Time for a change?

Time for a change?

Sinn Féin has a problem. It’s Gerry Adams. And that’s a big problem.