Thursday 22 February 2018

Maurice Hayes: Stormont resembles Lisdoon when festival is over: full of rejects

The new Northern Ireland Secretary Owen Paterson arrives at Stormont Castle for a meeting with Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness on Friday. He knows the terrain, having shadowed the post
The new Northern Ireland Secretary Owen Paterson arrives at Stormont Castle for a meeting with Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness on Friday. He knows the terrain, having shadowed the post
Maurice Hayes

Maurice Hayes

NOW that a government has been formed at Westminster, Stormont begins to look like Lisdoonvarna in the old days at the end of the season -- littered with suitors who did not quite make the grade.

The matchmakers have gone, their work done for the season. Marriages have been made, if not yet consummated, and those overlooked in the shakedown are wondering how to pass the winter, and whether they might be past it when the chance comes round again.

The Ulster Unionists, about to lose the leader who led them so confidently towards an alliance that would see them sitting with Tories in government, see their dreams of influence dissipated in the failure to come up with the minimum dowry of even a single seat.

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