Northern Ireland Assembly collapses amid chorus of cowardly condemnation

Prof Honeydew

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Despite all the spin applied by the British and Irish governments, the Dublin media and the "responsible" "moderate" parties on both sides of the Border, the Northern Ireland Assembly has collapsed for what may well be the last time in its current incarnation. Because none of the main issues that caused its previous collapse in January were addressed, this was the only possible outcome. The DUP continued to act as if nothing had happened regarding its behaviour in the Cash for Ash scandal and its welshing on commitments given to avert previous crises and, instead of holding them neither the British Government, the Irish Government or so-called centrist parties in the North had the guts to demand that they do so. Instead of facing up to their responsibilities, they insisted on Sinn Fein and the Nationalist population concede further compromises on existing compromises so that they could indulge their spineless posturing in "even-handed" condemnation of the extremists on both sides preventing a solution being found.

We're already hearing the predictable $hite out of Alliance, the UUP and the Greens about a triviality like the title of Irish Language Act destroying attempts to arrive at another "compromise". Even more predictably, they're being cheered on by their groupies in the media who couldn't be bothered trying to understand to the significance of this and other issues which go to the very heart of what the Good Friday Agreement was about - respect for the traditions of both communities. Ever since the ceasefire, Nationalists and Republicans have tried to accommodate opposing viewpoints and have never set out to disrespect a point of view which they wouldn't care about but which did matter to people on the other side of the fence. Unfortunately, the DUP's obdurate refusal to engage on the question of the Irish Language and then its repeated attempts to row back on any commitments demonstrate that that respect is not reciprocated. Not only does such an attitude undermine the basis of cross-community political co-operation but it shows that backwoods bigotry is still indulged in Unionist politics.

Just as shameful is the performance of a media which refuses to hold those with the most responsibility to account. Perhaps that's not surprising when gay marriage appeared to be the only issue of concern to Fleet Street and the BCC over the Tories dealing with the DUP. Nothing at all about the political disinterest and shameless indulgence of increasing DUP obduracy by Patterson, Villiers and Brokenshire during the time in the Northern Ireland Office - but then, they weren't under any pressure from the equally ineffective Gilmore and Flanagan. The only indication of any interest south of the Border in trying to defuse the slow-burning crisis came when Brexit showed the depth of $hite the Brits were intent on landing us in but, just as Enda Kenny appeared to be putting some coherence to his response, the Blueshirts replaced him with a leader whose only pronouncements on the North have been about not offending Unionists.

This year's Assembly and Westminster elections have demonstrated increased Nationalist frustration with the contemptuous way the Brits are running the North and this will only get worse as the place tumbles into the black hole of Brexit. Just like it took to get the Peace Process moving in the initial stages, it needs the positive intervention of the 26 County rather than following the supine "blame the lot of them" viewpoint of the Dublin media. Unfortunately, Leo Varadkar gives every indication of being another John Bruton rather than a real leader like Albert Reynolds.
 


Telstar 62

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As I predicted when Sinn Féin collapsed the Assembly - we
were heading for Direct Rule.:cool:

Thanks, Shinners!!:p

No wonder yiz are moaning all over this website!!!:lol:
 

the secretary

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I'm beginning to switch off when Tommy Gorman starts reporting on the latest impass concerning the Northern Assembly.
It's really farcical that mature political reps from different traditions cannot agree with one another.

The next thing we'll see is that Trump is sending someone over for negotiations with both sides.!
 

Gin Soaked

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I'm beginning to switch off when Tommy Gorman starts reporting on the latest impass concerning the Northern Assembly.
It's really farcical that mature political reps from different traditions cannot agree with one another.

The next thing we'll see is that Trump is sending someone over for negotiations with both sides.!
Actually, could the US not just annex it?
 

between the bridges

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Despite all the spin applied by the British and Irish governments, the Dublin media and the "responsible" "moderate" parties on both sides of the Border, the Northern Ireland Assembly has collapsed for what may well be the last time in its current incarnation. Because none of the main issues that caused its previous collapse in January were addressed, this was the only possible outcome. The DUP continued to act as if nothing had happened regarding its behaviour in the Cash for Ash scandal and its welshing on commitments given to avert previous crises and, instead of holding them neither the British Government, the Irish Government or so-called centrist parties in the North had the guts to demand that they do so. Instead of facing up to their responsibilities, they insisted on Sinn Fein and the Nationalist population concede further compromises on existing compromises so that they could indulge their spineless posturing in "even-handed" condemnation of the extremists on both sides preventing a solution being found.

We're already hearing the predictable $hite out of Alliance, the UUP and the Greens about a triviality like the title of Irish Language Act destroying attempts to arrive at another "compromise". Even more predictably, they're being cheered on by their groupies in the media who couldn't be bothered trying to understand to the significance of this and other issues which go to the very heart of what the Good Friday Agreement was about - respect for the traditions of both communities. Ever since the ceasefire, Nationalists and Republicans have tried to accommodate opposing viewpoints and have never set out to disrespect a point of view which they wouldn't care about but which did matter to people on the other side of the fence. Unfortunately, the DUP's obdurate refusal to engage on the question of the Irish Language and then its repeated attempts to row back on any commitments demonstrate that that respect is not reciprocated. Not only does such an attitude undermine the basis of cross-community political co-operation but it shows that backwoods bigotry is still indulged in Unionist politics.

Just as shameful is the performance of a media which refuses to hold those with the most responsibility to account. Perhaps that's not surprising when gay marriage appeared to be the only issue of concern to Fleet Street and the BCC over the Tories dealing with the DUP. Nothing at all about the political disinterest and shameless indulgence of increasing DUP obduracy by Patterson, Villiers and Brokenshire during the time in the Northern Ireland Office - but then, they weren't under any pressure from the equally ineffective Gilmore and Flanagan. The only indication of any interest south of the Border in trying to defuse the slow-burning crisis came when Brexit showed the depth of $hite the Brits were intent on landing us in but, just as Enda Kenny appeared to be putting some coherence to his response, the Blueshirts replaced him with a leader whose only pronouncements on the North have been about not offending Unionists.

This year's Assembly and Westminster elections have demonstrated increased Nationalist frustration with the contemptuous way the Brits are running the North and this will only get worse as the place tumbles into the black hole of Brexit. Just like it took to get the Peace Process moving in the initial stages, it needs the positive intervention of the 26 County rather than following the supine "blame the lot of them" viewpoint of the Dublin media. Unfortunately, Leo Varadkar gives every indication of being another John Bruton rather than a real leader like Albert Reynolds.
Given the OP content the title seem's rather apt 'amid chorus of cowardly condemnation', anywho a deal will be done ILA replaced by a cultural act to include Irish being twined with Lambeg playing, and the shin flakes will go back to claiming the average industry expense account while being beatch slapped by Arlene...
 

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Its all themmuns fault!!! Themmuns just don't get that ussuns are right about everything.
 

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Typical sin fein = me fein ...
 

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The next thing we'll see is that Trump is sending someone over for negotiations with both sides.!
If he came himself, he might be able to speak in language that they can understand.
 

Fullforward

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Typical sin fein = me fein ...
Typical West Brit, supporting the DUP Nazis. You do know that they hate with a passion your "Sinners who lie down with other Men" leader.
 

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Just seen Tommie Gorman's report on this on the Six One. Total fluff, how much they have in common, blah di blah. He is a strong contender for the most useless correspondent on RTE, he doesn't seem to know the first thing about the North.
 
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Just seen Tommie Gorman's report on this on the Six One. Total fluff, how much they have in common, blah di blah. He is a strong contender for the most useless correspondent on RTE, he doesn't seem to know the first thing about the North.

Many consider that a blessing.
 

cricket

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Joint authority and use the money saved on education at primary level.
 

Filibuster

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This will suit Theresa May as now the Northern Secretary will get to decide where the money is going.
 


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