Smith’s unseemly end belies his contribution to power-sharing

Johnson’s Trump-esque dismissal of Northern secretary wholly unjustified

16th February, 2020
Smith’s unseemly end belies his contribution to power-sharing
Irish Foreign Affairs minister Simon Coveney (left) and Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Julian Smith, issue a statement outside Stormont Parliament buildings in Belfast, where meetings with parties involved in talks to resurrect the devolved government in Northern Ireland have been taking place. Picture: PA

When Julian Smith took over as British Secretary of State for Northern Ireland last August, he had a simple message for the parties about the need to restore power-sharing. “We have got to get these talks up and running,” he said. “It has been going on far too long.”

He quickly built up good relationships with unionists and nationalists, a skill which his predecessor Karen Bradley had been unable to master...

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