North’s prolonged political deadlock is costing lives

Spiralling waiting lists and a failure to tackle high rates of mental illness are glaring symptoms of the breakdown at Stormont

3rd November, 2019

After much uncertainty, a British general election has been scheduled for December 12. With all eyes on Westminster, efforts to restore devolution in the North will take a back seat. The region has been without a functioning government for over 1,000 days, and there is no end in sight to the Stormont deadlock.

The two main parties have previously been engaged in numerous rounds of talks, but to no avail. The hope that Julian Smith, the new...

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