Nationalism felt it was poked in the stomach and it snarled back

Posted By: March 06, 2017

Who really believed Sinn Féin would come within a whisker of equalling the DUP?Gerry Moriarty.Irish Times. Dublin. Monday, March 6, 2017In the 90-member new Assembly, there are 40 Unionists (DUP, Ulster Unionists, Traditional Unionist Voice and independent unionist) and 39 nationalists (Sinn Féin and the SDLP). It is a long way from the 1921 election in the North when Unionists also claimed 40 […]

Loss of overall majority has shocked Unionism to its core

Posted By: March 06, 2017

Eamon Phoenix. Irish News. Belfast. Monday, March 6, 2017 Dr. Éamon Phoenix [Belfast] is a political historian and a member of the Taoiseach’s Expert Advisory Group on Centenaries. “The unionist majority in the assembly has been ended.” So declared Sinn Féin president, Gerry Adams at a press conference on Saturday. As the dust dies down over last week’s Assembly election, this […]

Poll returns most female MLAs in Assembly’s history

Posted By: March 06, 2017

Allison Morris. Irish News. Belfast. Monday, March 6, 2017The 2017 snap election ended with the highest number of female elected representatives since the formation of the Northern Ireland assembly and with three of the elected women party leaders.Of the 90 assembly members elected, 27 are women – 30 percent of MLAs while the figure is down from the 30 elected in 2016, […]

Wind of change upon us

Posted By: March 06, 2017

Irish News Editorial.Belfast. Monday, March 6, 2017 While it may often appear that the winds of political change will never arrive, the hint of a breeze can sometimes be followed by a storm of monumental proportions sweeping across our structures.The 2017 assembly election can only have profound consequences for both Nationalists and Unionists, those who are between the two main traditions and indeed […]

Northern Ireland: A remarkable election in some respects but gridlock remains

Posted By: March 06, 2017

Outcome confirms institutions and political culture continue to be mired by sectarian headcount politics  Irish Times Editorial. Dublin. Monday, March 6, 2017 The question remains exactly the same. Status quo ante restored: will Arlene Foster resign or step aside as First Minister pending the inquiry into the extraordinary fiasco of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme? Will no-one pay a political price for a scandal […]

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