Will The Peace Last in Northern Ireland?

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  • It seems the peace process is holding, but each new tension has the potential to bring the whole thing down, or does it?


    Brexit and the heating scandal are the two "current" issues.


    With elections now happening, can SF and the DUP get back into bed again?


    Will the peace last?

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  • BBC article


    Looks like it's been pretty much a two horse race in the NI election with SF and the DUP the winners - again.


    So, unless something has changed in a few weeks, are the two victors going to get back into bed with each other again, or will it be direct rule from London?

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  • It's been three years since the Northern Irish assembly collapsed, potentially risking the peace process in the province, but the peace did hold and now SF and the DUP are back into bed again, will it last?


    After Boris won his majority, the DUP lost its inference in Westminster and both the DUP and SF lost seats in the election in Northern Ireland to the more moderate SDLP and Alliance parties. Does this milestone mark the beginning of the end of the more extreme element of Northern Irish politics as it seems the two main parties have been permanently weakened?


    The deal seems no different to the one from three years ago which gives equality to the Irish language, but despite Arlene Foster okaying the deal then, DUP grass roots supporters were opposed and the Northern Irish assembly collapsed then, lets hope they don't change their minds on this.


    Unionists have always opposed any move to "green" over Northern Ireland, but does this move signal an inevitable march to a united Ireland, especially as Catholics became the majority in the province for the first time last year?

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  • I think the number one priority here for the devolved administration is to sort out the NHS in Northern Ireland. Some patients are waiting over a year for treatments that are routinely seen in weeks in the rest of the UK.

    History is much like an Endless Waltz. The three beats of war, peace and revolution continue on forever.

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  • Unionists have always opposed any move to "green" over Northern Ireland, but does this move signal an inevitable march to a united Ireland, especially as Catholics became the majority in the province for the first time last year?

    I hope so, reunification is long overdue

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  • I think the number one priority here for the devolved administration is to sort out the NHS in Northern Ireland. Some patients are waiting over a year for treatments that are routinely seen in weeks in the rest of the UK.

    The same applies to other parts of the UK, it's not specific to N Ireland

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  • The same applies to other parts of the UK, it's not specific to N Ireland

    Yes, but the situation in NI is really bad.


    “The population of England is 55 million and at the end of June 1,089 people were waiting over a year for a consultant-led outpatient appointment. The population of Northern Ireland is 1.8 million and at the end of June, 105,486 people were waiting over a year for a consultant-led outpatient appointment. Our waiting lists are 100 times bigger than a country with a population 30 times ours.”

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  • Yes, but the situation in NI is really bad.

    Here's an interesting snippet from this link


    "By March 2020, 50% of patients should wait no longer than 9 weeks for

    a first outpatient appointment; with no patient waiting longer than 52
    weeks.”


    https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/s…ting-times-q2-19-20_0.pdf


    I suspect that your snippet may have been lifted from Unison , the union representing the NHS workers in N Ireland to promote their pay claim

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  • The situation has been featured on "You and Yours" R4's consumer programme a number of times.

    History is much like an Endless Waltz. The three beats of war, peace and revolution continue on forever.

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  • Sinn Fein did not lose any seats.

    I am but mad north north west.. But when the wind is southerly I know a Hawke from a Handsaw.

    People don't believe lies because they have to - they believe lies because they want to.

  • I think the number one priority here for the devolved administration is to sort out the NHS in Northern Ireland. Some patients are waiting over a year for treatments that are routinely seen in weeks in the rest of the UK.

    Yes, they need to relearn how to do basic politics over there.

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  • Not by the leading party giving the DUP £1 Billion they wont. Torys form Government with DUP help.

    Sinn Fein were right not to play the game. Thats without the Ash for Cash scandal.

    I am but mad north north west.. But when the wind is southerly I know a Hawke from a Handsaw.

    People don't believe lies because they have to - they believe lies because they want to.