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Steven McCaffery

Stormont's power-sharing government is saved

Stormont goes 'Back to the Future' - again

23 DECEMBER 2014

BY STEVEN MCCAFFERY

THIS is the last chapter of a long and troubled story….” – So said Prime Minister Gordon Brown at the closing of the last big political deal in Northern Ireland four years ago.

We know those negotiations didn’t mark the sea-change that Brown’s soundbite suggested.

The Hillsborough talks were necessary because of a refusal of the DUP to allow the devolution of Policing and Justice powers, which was “agreed” at the previous set of talks held at St Andrews in 2006.

Today, parades reform is still on the agenda because, while it was also “agreed” at Hillsborough, it was never implemented.

Each time a ‘big deal’ is agreed, there is slippage.

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Statue of Edward Carson at a cold Stormont estate

Stormont power-sharing and political reputations on the line

12 DECEMBER 2014

Stormont power-sharing and political reputations on the line

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Can a Stormont deal be delivered?

Will Stormont deliver success or failure?

10 DECEMBER 2014

Will Stormont deliver success or failure?

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The Stormont talks

Stormont talks - a perfect storm of political agendas?

03 DECEMBER 2014

Stormont talks - a perfect storm of political agendas?

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Parliament Buildings Stormont

Who is kicking our tyres?

27 NOVEMBER 2014

Who is kicking our tyres?

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Secretary of State Theresa Villiers on a previous visit to the NI Assembly.

Some positive talking is going on in Belfast, just not at Stormont

26 NOVEMBER 2014

Some positive talking is going on in Belfast, just not at Stormont

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Stormont's Parliament Buildings, a closed shop?

Is Stormont ready for an 'open' relationship?

06 NOVEMBER 2014

Is Stormont ready for an 'open' relationship?

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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

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

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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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