Keeping peace afloat

The Northern Ireland peace process has struggled into port for another re-fit. Is its endurance a mark of genius, or a sign that we can’t get it right?

30th December, 2014
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Northern Ireland party leaders at Stormont House, Belfast, with Theresa Villiers, the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Picture: Kelvin Boyes

Even though it is only 15 years since it was launched, the Good Friday Agreement is like an ancient ship. Every so often, as it begins to list dangerously in the treacherous waters around the Northern coasts, it has to be hauled into port and re-fitted. And once again the Northern political process has survived – although seemingly if it’s Christmas time on Stormont Hill, the midnight oil will be burning in the gloom.

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