Stormont model would work in Republic
Published 25/01/2011 | 07:47
AS THE political system in Ireland went into meltdown over the weekend, it struck me that at this point we really should be talking about a new form of governance rather than a new government. As we are fast approaching the centenary of the 1916 Rising, we again appear to be a nation badly in need of "regaining our independence" – this time from the IMF!
Having visited the Northern Assembly in Stormont some years ago, I was struck by the fact that all parties got to contribute in a constructive way to policy making. Clearly our system of having an opposition is both negative and, to date, ineffective. Wouldn't we prefer that all the TDs are actually working together constructively to get us out of our current mess?
It would certainly be a good way to honour all those who fought for our independence.