Brian Feeney is a leading nationalist commentator and frequent broadcaster on Northern Ireland affairs. He was an SDLP councillor for sixteen years. He is co-author of Lost Lives: the story of the men, women and children killed in the Northern Ireland troubles.
How many unionists do you think read the speech Michelle O’Neill gave in Milltown cemetery on Sunday? Few or none? How many members of the DUP assembly party read it? Few or none? That’s the whole speech on the Sinn Féin website not just the headline, ‘SF calls for unity vote in five years’, which probably guaranteed virtually no unionist read any further.
The DUP don’t want another executive, at least not while they hold the balance of power at Westminster and that dirty deal the desperate Theresa May did with the party has also altered the balance of power in the DUP and in the north, all for the worse.