Tuesday June 2, 2020

Deirdre Heenan: Crisis lays bare Stormont’s abject failure of leadership

Instead of united action to deal with the pandemic, the dysfunctional executive has descended into playing green and orange politics

5th April, 2020
Arlene Foster and Michelle O’Neill give a joint press conference on Covid-19 at Stormont. However, despite this supposed unity, the First Minister and Deputy First Minister have often diverged on policy decisions surrounding the crisis Picture: Press Eye

Less than a month ago, the long-awaited report from the public inquiry into the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) in the North concluded that the adoption of the green energy scheme was a “project too far” for the Northern Executive.

This seemingly benign phrase was perhaps the most damning indictment of the devolved government and the whole sorry saga. In effect, the local administration lacked the capacity to correctly copy and paste a scheme...

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