Sinn Féin and DUP accept they are on their own for the next five years

First Minister Arlene Foster and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness with new Justice Minister Claire Sugden
IN March 1972 the Northern Ireland Parliament was closed, bringing to an end what was, in essence, a one-government, one-party state. Almost 45 years later and we seem to have replaced that system of government with a two-party, two-state system. Those two parties, the DUP and Sinn Féin, have diametrically opposing views on the constitutional future of Northern Ireland, as well as mutually contradictory policies on education, culture, legacy, health and economics. Their relationship since 2007 has been fractious for long periods and catastrophically bad at other times. They h[...]

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