Monday January 20, 2020

Power-sharing needs to be fully recharged

Any proposals from the DUP or Sinn Féin for the re-establishment of Stormont must be accompanied by plans for reform that will learn from past mistakes

8th December, 2019
British Northern Secretary Julian Smith leaves 10 Downing Street after a cabinet meeting. Picture: PA

Throughout this election campaign, politicians from all ends of the political spectrum have blithely reiterated the need to “get Stormont back up and running”, to “restore power-sharing” and to “revive the institutions“.

There were high hopes that the appointment of Julian Smith as secretary of state in July would give some impetus to the stalled efforts to achieve a breakthrough, but to date precious little has actually changed. While...

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