Monday 21 August 2017

Coalition sniping does little service to either Sinn Féin or the DUP

Máirtín Ó Muilleoir. Photo: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Máirtín Ó Muilleoir. Photo: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Mick Fealty

The nine-year government coalition between Sinn Féin and the DUP has been an odd and largely unproductive affair.

In spite of the popular Chuckle Brothers routine between Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness, the positive fruits of that partnership have always been more apparent than evident.

And under the skin, relations have often been strained. So last July, when Mick Wallace dropped a bombshell into the Dáil and suggested that a Northern Ireland politician was set to benefit from the cream of a Nama deal to the tune of £7m, the temptation to make hay with it was too much to resist.

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