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Steven McCaffery

Secretary of State Theresa Villiers with Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan meet for Stormont talks

Belfast talks need a deal on 'the past', but do London and Dublin want it?

16 OCTOBER 2014

BY STEVEN MCCAFFERY

IF HISTORIANS a hundred years from now examine this phase of the peace process, it is unlikely they will remember it for ‘the big Welfare row of 2014’.

It’s more likely that they will look back at the start of the 21st century as the time when the opportunities presented by the hard won peace were either secured or squandered.

A string of senior figures involved in bringing the Troubles to an end have advised that building a new future requires dealing with the legacy of decades, if not centuries, of conflict.

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Are we missing something?

If Stormont is facing a fiscal cliff, problems in the peace process are pushing it there

01 OCTOBER 2014

YOU can’t have escaped the row over welfare reform that risks pushing Stormont over the edge.

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Former First Minister & DUP leader Ian Paisley

Ian Paisley has passed away and is taking a part of the old DUP with him

12 SEPTEMBER 2014

Ian Paisley has passed away & is taking a part of the old DUP with him.

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Government disengagement from NI

The peace process is going round in ever decreasing circles

29 AUGUST 2014

The peace process is going round in ever decreasing circles

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Martin McGuinness and Peter Robinson in happier times

Where will `Good Relations’ sit in Stormont’s shared future?

24 JUNE 2014

Where will `Good Relations’ sit in Stormont’s shared future?

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Gerry Adams arrives from Dublin at the Belfast city hall election count

While many in NI looked the other way, Sinn Féin has set down roots in the Republic

25 MAY 2014

While many in NI looked the other way, Sinn Féin has set down roots in the Republic

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UKIP leader Nigel Farage

UKIP's rise, Scottish independence and Northern Ireland

23 MAY 2014

UKIP's rise, Scottish independence and Northern Ireland

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Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams after he was freed by police

Republicans gauge impact of Adams' arrest on key strategic election

05 MAY 2014

Republicans gauge impact of Adams' arrest on key strategic election

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Sinn Féin rally in west Belfast at a mural of leader Gerry Adams

The peace process has been allowed to drift into troubled water - what will happen next?

04 MAY 2014

The peace process has been allowed to drift into troubled water - what will happen next?

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Victims continue to demand truth from Government

Has politics delivered a year of failure for the victims of the Troubles?

29 APRIL 2014

Has politics delivered a year of failure for the victims of the Troubles?

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Demographic trends point to seismic shifts in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland politics and the `Rule of 7'

03 APRIL 2014

MARKETING experts will tell you that potential customers have to hear something seven times before the message sinks in - and the famous `Rule of 7' has its place in politics too.

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Tony Benn

The late Tony Benn: remembered in Belfast

14 MARCH 2014

The late Tony Benn: remembered in Belfast

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Richard Haass made progress in NI, but time could deliver greater changes.

Northern Ireland politics is changing - but mum's the word

05 JANUARY 2014

Politicians and journalists are obsessed with numbers, especially when it comes to poring over opinion polls or election results - but the big story of the census is rarely mentioned.

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DUP leader Peter Robinson addresses his party conference

DUP knows Haass talks are important - but so are elections

24 NOVEMBER 2013

DUP knows Haass talks are important - but so are elections

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Peter Robinson, Richard Haass and Martin McGuinness at Stormont.

Can Stormont avoid the 'mother of all logjams’?

15 NOVEMBER 2013

DELAY has been a recurring feature of the Northern Ireland government led by the DUP and Sinn Féin. But the parties are now staring into the biggest backlog of work they have arguably ever faced.

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Every penny counts

Welfare reform - Stormont faces another maze

03 OCTOBER 2013

ROWS over flags and parades have poisoned the atmosphere in Northern Ireland for a year – but the impact of welfare cuts is the real political dynamite that could derail the Assembly if it is not handled with care.

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The Queen was hosted in Dublin by President Mary McAleese.

A northern vote for the next President of Ireland?

26 SEPTEMBER 2013

IT COULD be called the `Mary McAleese question’ – how can you be elected president of a State, yet be barred from voting for yourself?

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Stormont's Parliament Building

How Stormont works – or not

02 SEPTEMBER 2013

How Stormont works - or not

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A vehicle burns on Belfast's Royal Avenue as loyalists rioted over a republican parade.

Are London and Dublin getting away in the smoke?

29 AUGUST 2013

A RIOT in the centre of Belfast, tensions within unionism and splits in the power-sharing government have sparked speculation over the future direction of politics in Northern Ireland - but the British and Irish governments have been absent.

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A bodhrán being played at the Fleadh in Derry.

As the peace process struggles, why is Derry different?

19 AUGUST 2013

THE peace process is in crisis, power-sharing isn't working, the Assembly is doomed, it's been a deeply depressing summer: just some of the things you won't have heard in Derry over recent days.

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US Vice President Joe Biden

The US has stepped in to protect the peace process

05 AUGUST 2013

The US has stepped in to protect the peace process

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