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Edwin Poots and Boris Johnson are a dreary prospect – but Dublin holds more aces than you think

John Downing


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Top man: Edwin Poots, the new DUP leader, appears hostile to the Republic - but it may not be all bad news. Photo: Clodagh Kilcoyne

Top man: Edwin Poots, the new DUP leader, appears hostile to the Republic - but it may not be all bad news. Photo: Clodagh Kilcoyne

Top man: Edwin Poots, the new DUP leader, appears hostile to the Republic - but it may not be all bad news. Photo: Clodagh Kilcoyne

Edwin Poots appears hostile and Boris Johnson looks indifferent on a good day. So what now for British-Irish and North-South relations in a ­pivotal year ahead?

By this time next year we will know the shape of a new Northern Ireland assembly and whether or not power-sharing has any real future. We may also be getting our first flavours of the Northern Ireland 2021 census which we can expect to signal big changes in the population structure.


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