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The only certainty in Northern Ireland is that power-sharing deadlines are a farce

As another deadline comes and goes, Stormont is once again left in limbo—with Westminster unclear as to what will happen next

By Siobhan Fenton  

Northern Ireland has been left without a government since January. Photo: PA

Political parties in Northern Ireland have failed to reach an agreement to return to power-sharing, after months of painstaking and intense negotiations. The announcement came on Monday afternoon in the House of Commons, as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, James Brokenshire told MPs that Sinn Féin and the Democratic Unionists have not managed to agree to re-enter Stormont.

In many ways, today’s announcement is merely official confirmation of what many have feared has been the new reality…

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