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Two years without a government in Northern Ireland should spark outrage—instead, it’s become normalised

The people of Northern Ireland deserve a functioning government. So why do I get the sense I'll be writing this article again in January 2020?

By Stephen Donnan-Dalzell  

A No Entry sign outside Parliament Buildings at Stormont in Belfast.

This week marks two years since the power-sharing Assembly in Northern Ireland collapsed. The slow-burning fire that eventually swept the Assembly away had been smouldering since 2012 and was fanned by a succession of tit-for-tat battles over welfare reform, marriage equality, paramilitarism, murders linked to the IRA, sectarianism around emblems and flags, and investigations into the Troubles.

The Government that was formed after the 2016 Assembly election was the first to feature only the DUP and…

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