Stormont

The genius of Julian Smith in breaking the Stormont deadlock

10 January 2020 16:44

There’s one thing to be said for the possibility of the reconvening of the Stormont Northern Ireland Assembly: it makes…

James Brokenshire can achieve a NI deal – if he plays the direct rule card

4 July 2017 17:36

Talks to form a new power sharing executive in Belfast have broken down again.  Largely this is because James Brokenshire,…

The general election is a disaster for Northern Ireland

19 April 2017 14:25

There’s little enthusiasm just about anywhere for this summer’s snap general election, and no more so than in Northern Ireland…

James Brokenshire is out of his depth as Northern Ireland Secretary

28 March 2017 9:34

There is a saying that whoever the Prime Minister hates, they appoint as Northern Ireland Secretary. James Brokenshire, Theresa May’s unlucky…

What the papers say: The perks – and pitfalls – of Brexit

28 March 2017 8:40

The clock is ticking. At 12.30pm tomorrow, Theresa May will be on her feet in the Commons declaring that Article…

James Brokenshire plays for time in Northern Ireland. Will it work?

27 March 2017 16:52

The Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire is playing for time. In a statement made after the 4pm deadline for forming…

Northern Ireland’s political crisis could cause Brexit problems

16 January 2017 17:33

And so there we have it. Shortly after midday in Stormont, Sinn Féin’s Michelle O’Neill declined to nominate a replacement…

Peter Robinson’s departure intensifies Northern Ireland’s political crisis

10 September 2015 18:18

The political crisis in Northern Ireland has just become much more serious. Peter Robinson has stepped down as first minister…