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Is Northern Ireland ‘on the edge of the precipice?’

Events at the Stormont assembly yesterday looked bleak, but at least a return to the large-scale violence of the past is unlikely

By David McKittrick  

Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson stepped aside from his post yesterday. © AP Photo/Peter Morrison

A complete walkout of unionist members of the Northern Ireland Assembly was averted following a day of tense negotiations yesterday, though a partial withdrawal means that the future of the power sharing arrangement remains precarious.

Northern Ireland’s First Minister, Democratic Unionist party leader Peter Robinson, did not follow through with his threat to lead all his ministers out of…

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