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Northern Irish politics is in turmoil—why won’t anyone take responsibility?

The “constructive ambiguity” of 1998 has morphed into destructive clarity. So why will nobody in Westminster—or Stormont—do anything about it?

By Alex Kane  

Police at the scene of an explosive device attack on the west Belfast home of Sinn Féin figure Bobby Storey. Photo: PA

On May 8, 2007 the British media, and Westminster, lost interest in Northern Ireland. That was the day when Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness sealed an extraordinary power-sharing deal between the DUP and Sinn Féin and agreed to serve together as First and deputy First Minister and co-chairs of a new Executive.

The British, Irish and US governments heaved a sigh of relief, convinced that, at…

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