A year after the Assembly elections the voters went to the polls again. The question on people’s mind is will Sinn Fein and the Democratic Unionist Party agree on forming a government? The cash for ash seems to be a bone of contention. A failure to agree could mean direct rule or fresh elections again. I am not privy to the talks. But with Brexit and Scotland and other issues I don’t think the British government want to get involved in the North. The Irish government with its own problems don’t want to deal with the North. I think Sinn Fein and the DUP don’t want others involved.
Ian Paisley was supposed to have said to Martin McGuinness we can do a better job than the English. If the 2 parties were to do a deal the North would be lead by 2 women. I thought that at the funeral of Martin McGuinness that a thaw between the 2 parties was developing. Maybe there is a bit of play acting involved.
Maybe we will have to watch these talks continue. The two parties will have to show that they are no walkover. Maybe this is just a hard act as they prepare for government.
John O Brien.