Maurice Hayes: Robinson turns DUP in full circle
FAR from Dublin's toil and trouble, far from London's hacking scandals, below the radar, almost unnoticed by the wider world, on Wednesday, Northern Ireland will come to a virtual standstill. There will be no public transport, schools will close, hospitals and social services will be severely depleted and public services virtually unavailable -- even in emergency.
The good news, for those who clutch at straws of comfort in the wildest gales, is that it is not the result of terrorist activity as so often in the past. Those days are thankfully over and indeed for a younger generation, almost forgotten.
The stark reality, however, is of disruption, hardship inflicted on the most vulnerable in society, jobs put at risk in firms which are just hanging on, and damage to the reputation of the area as a safe place for foreign (or indeed any) investment.