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‘Joint authority’ by London and Dublin now an attractive but very fraught concept

John Downing


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Taoiseach Micheál Martin has stressed that if the Stormont deadlock continues, Dublin must get a greater say in the North’s affairs. Photo: NurPhoto via Getty

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has stressed that if the Stormont deadlock continues, Dublin must get a greater say in the North’s affairs. Photo: NurPhoto via Getty

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has stressed that if the Stormont deadlock continues, Dublin must get a greater say in the North’s affairs. Photo: NurPhoto via Getty

Power-sharing in the North has rarely worked over the past 25 years, but the current situation is a new low.

The British minister tasked with running Northern Ireland’s affairs insists there must be a new Assembly election – likely to return the deadlocked status quo – but even at that he has failed to name a date for polling.


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