The UK has suffered by sidelining Ireland

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The UK has suffered by sidelining Ireland

The St Andrews agreement of 2006 revived devolution in Northern Ireland, reconciled Sinn Féin to new policing arrangements and led to the DUP embracing power-sharing. Since then it has all been downhill. The DUP and Sinn Féin seemed to coexist amicably enough in the assembly and in the executive, and why wouldn’t they? Their common agenda was to marginalise other parties. Their ruthless dominance did not bode well for an inclusive Northern Ireland. They distributed largesse within their own communities, circling each other warily and doing little to tackle long-standing divisions.

After St Andrews, London and to a lesser extent Dublin withdrew from the North. Heavyweight secretaries of state such as Peter Mandelson and Patrick Mayhew became a distant memory, succeeded by a series of…

Source: Google News Ireland | Netizen 24 Ireland

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