Deal cements real progress post peace process
Published 21/11/2015 | 02:30
A benign aspect of the peace process these days is that nothing much happens. Time passes slowly, particularly in the fallow periods when the power-sharing institutions are semi-suspended, as they have been for the last 10 weeks, to allow talks to resolve the latest political "crisis" in Northern Ireland.
It could have been another false dawn. But for a change, Sinn Féin and the DUP, with the help of the two governments, have brokered a potentially transformative deal. In it, for once, the economy gets "box office"; a refreshing change from the logjam on welfare reform and the old quarrels over paramilitaries and "the past".
"A fresh start" may sound a tad eulogistic, particularly for victims' groups whose issues have yet again been parked unresolved for another day.