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What next for Northern Ireland?

It's been twenty years since the Good Friday Agreement. It's been a year since power sharing collapsed. Now, there's a new Northern Ireland Secretary. So what happens next?

By Andrew McQuillan  

Peace walls in Northern Ireland. But can a deal finally be struck in Stormont? Photo: David Dixon/

2018 is yet another year of significant anniversaries in Northern Ireland. It is twenty years since the tentative hope of the Good Friday Agreement. It is one year since the institutions it set up collapsed amid the fallout of the Renewable Heating Initiative farce.

“Cash for ash” has come to symbolise the drift from the high-minded optimism of 1998, representing the very worst of the pork barrel politics local politicians have indulged…

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