Calm times in the North, but they might not stay that way

If you blinked, you may not have noticed it, but last week saw the new Northern Assembly meet for the first time.

14th May, 2011

If you blinked, you may not have noticed it, but last week saw the new Northern Assembly meet for the first time.

The sharing-out of the chief spoils of office between Sinn Féin and the Democratic Unionist Party was so smooth you could almost describe it as shocking.

Peter Robinson completed his rehabilitation and glided back into the position of First Minister, accompanied by the always upbeat Martin McGuinness as deputy.

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