Tag Archives: Stormont

Another Storey

I give my second preference vote to Sinn Féin. There are two reasons why people vote Sinn Féin. One is that they DON’T know Sinn Féin. One is that they DO Sinn Féin. I know SF very well. I have … Continue reading

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The New Executive

So Arlene Foster (DUP Fermanagh-South Tyrone) and Michelle O’Neill (Sinn Féin, Mid Ulster) are again the First Minister and Deputy First Minister. But the two junior ministers, Gordon Lyons (DUP, East Antrim) and Declan Kearney (Sinn Féin, South Antrim) will … Continue reading

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Assembly: A Few Thoughts

I am not really enthused about the Agreement that kick starts the Stormont Assembly after three years. The Assembly was brought down three years ago because of the RHI Scandal and now it is back and there is still no … Continue reading

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Stormont….Not The End?

Confused?  You will be. So the great Adjourn or Not Adjourn. So the DUP voted to Adjourn….and Sinn Féin, UUP and SDLP voted No. So….according to Robinson the whole sham would collapse because the DUP Ministers would resign. But Robbo … Continue reading

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Stormont: The End?

It is 9am and I am on the Dublin train. When I return this afternoon, Stormont might have fallen. “Fallen” is a dramatic word that conjures up the Fall of Saigon in the 1970s but when the word “drama” and … Continue reading

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Vichy Norn Iron

If the Executive does collapse…if Stormont does collapse….what exactly is the next stage? Direct Rule from Westminster….but I think there might well be a local dimension. Perhaps a ten-person Commission to oversee things and give a veneer of respectability to … Continue reading

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The Executive “At The Brink”…Again

So the DUP has decided there will be no more meetings of the Stormont Executive until the problem of IRA “does it exist?” And Welfare Reform is solved. It looks like an arbitary decision by the DUP but it is … Continue reading

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Stormont Cannot Survive

I really do wonder if the Good Friday Agreement of 1998 can survive. Arguably it has been so undermined by inaction (Victims, Irish Language, Bill of Rights) or the way that the Irish and British governments withdrew support from the … Continue reading

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The Public Gallery At Stormont

The first time I went into the Public Gallery was around March 1969. It was a school trip of sorts. I bunked off/played truant/mitched/went on the hike/played hookey aged 16 with a fellow member of the  A Level “Economics & … Continue reading

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