Meanwhile, In Stormont

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Proposed deal to restore devolved government in Northern Ireland; a letter from Northern Secretary Julian Smith to the speaker of the Stormont Assembly asking him to arrange an “urgent meeting” of the Northern Ireland Assembly tomorrow; Tánaiste Simon Coveney and Mr Smith address journalists outside Stormont in Belfast tonight

Tonight.

In Belfast.

RTÉ’s Northern Correspondent Vincent Kearney tweetz:

“BREAKING: Irish + British governments Simon Coveney and Julian Smith say they believe they have basis for agreement to restore Stormont Assembly. Now up to Northern Ireland’s five main parties to say whether they back proposed deal.”

The 62-page proposed deal, entitled New Decade, New Approach, can be downloaded in full here.

NI proposals ‘provide basis’ for agreement – Coveney (RTÉ)

10 thoughts on “Meanwhile, In Stormont

  1. ReproBertie

    “27 b: Legislation to create a Commissioner to recognise, support, protect and enhance the development of the Irish language in Northern Ireland and to provide official recognition of the status of the Irish Language in Northern Ireland.“

    Acht anois.

  2. shayna

    The plus side to the 3 years “break” is the not having to listen to NI politicians on tv news. A £10,000 funding for An Líofa was withdrawn by Arlene Foster (The crocodile comment) and she also managed to dispose of millions to the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme. Millions of pounds were returned to the British Treasury that was destined for hospitals/healthcare in The North – there was no-one in Government to manage the funds, Meantime, nurses and ancillary hospital workers strike over pay.
    An Tánaiste and the NI Secretary can propose flimsy arguments to appease the egos of Northern politicians, but what about the people who live here? Perhaps, I misunderstand the concept of politcal representation – a single voice for a people who elect a representive to speak on their behalf?
    Historically, Ulster (not including Monaghan, Cavan and Donegal – Cheers De Valera) is inclined to say, ‘No’. Another election is looming.

    1. ReproBertie

      I think if I was a voter in Northern Ireland I’d like an election after they spent 3 years getting paid to do nothing.

      1. shayna

        That’s a for sure – an election will not solve The North’s problems. We vote for the usual suspects, then? Despite my being a Republican and living in The North, I do tend to spend as little time here as I can afford, not being here. The thing is, the lights work, buses and trains work, hospitals work – run by civil servants and accountants. London offers cash, we take it – dispersed, or consumed by NI politicians. It’s officially a Guiness World Record, no government for three years, there is also the record of The Europa Hotel in Belfast for being the most bombed hotel in Europe – Beirut (despite not being in Europe) came second. Our day may eventually come, just not really seeing it presently.

          1. shayna

            Sure, Spaghetti Hoop. I accompanied a friend to my polling station for the GB General Election, in Belfast – she voted for the first time. She’ll forgive me for saying she’s in her early forties – I thought that it was crazy that she had never voted. She would be of an Orange variety versus my Green. The rub – on a personal level, what?

  3. GiggidyGoo

    “This is a moment of truth for the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement.” (from the link above)
    Really?

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