Northern Ireland

Preparing political options for a Plan B government in North

As the stalemate continues, three main options are being considered, including the least popular among all parties – a return to direct rule

Stormont has been mothballed due to the stalemate

The political institutions of Northern Ireland established under the Good Friday Agreement have not functioned properly for 40 per cent of their existence.

Twice in the past month Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has suggested that if the current stalemate is not fixed over the autumn period, then he would like the British and Irish governments to “start having conversations about alternatives, about plan B”.

But what exactly might a Plan B look like?

There are three ...