Wednesday 28 June 2017

Welcome to La La Land as NI politicians risk hard-won peace for party gains

Then Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, of Sinn Féin, and First Minister Arlene Foster, of the DUP, pictured in October 2016. Mr McGuinness resigned on Monday Photo: Dylan Martinez/Reuters
Then Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, of Sinn Féin, and First Minister Arlene Foster, of the DUP, pictured in October 2016. Mr McGuinness resigned on Monday Photo: Dylan Martinez/Reuters
Mandy Johnston

Mandy Johnston

The movie 'La La Land' is expected to sweep the boards at the upcoming Oscars, and back in little old Ireland we are about to enter a blockbusting La La Land of our own.

Following Martin McGuinness's decision to step down as deputy first minister, the political signals are that the Northern Ireland Assembly will be dissolved and elections will take place in Northern Ireland in March or May.

Before this election even starts, it is mired in individual political party interests on all sides. And with no one quite sure what it is they are seeking to achieve, it will open a dangerous vacuum. Effectively the political establishment in Northern Ireland has chosen to embark on a perilous road trip to an unknown destination.

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