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Steven McCaffery

Martin McGuinness and Peter Robinson in happier times

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

24 JUNE 2014

BY STEVEN MCCAFFERY
STORMONT is under fire for its failure so far to reach a new agreement to bolster the peace process.
But it’s worth remembering that we are still waiting for confirmation of how politicians plan to implement the last deal they made.
In May 2013 First Minister Peter Robinson and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness unveiled their long-delayed blueprint for securing a shared future, called: “Together: Building a United Community.”
More than a year later, we have yet to see the legislation that will implement their plan for combating sectarianism.

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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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DUP leader Peter Robinson and TUV leader Jim Allister were at loggerheads

DUP pulling no punches to defend its name

08 JULY 2013

ON the hottest day of the year Stormont parties went toe-to-toe over what is arguably the most incendiary issue they face: money.

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Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama at Enniskillen integrated school

Did Cameron and Obama bottle or botch the schools' debate?

03 JULY 2013

AFTER escaping the flag crisis, and ahead of the looming marching season, it is incredible that we've somehow managed to squeeze in a divisive row about education - but it has probably left us back where we started.

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Baroness Nuala O'Loan launches a book on the `Disappeared' in Belfast's Lyric theatre.

The Disappeared – families still looking for their lost boys

21 JUNE 2013

It is hoped a new book will help secure information to find the last seven of the `Disappeared'.

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Riot scene

Our society needs `post-traumatic growth’

13 JUNE 2013

Experts from overseas will arrive in Northern Ireland this weekend with one question at the top of their agenda: how can we deal with the legacy of the Troubles?

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