The last meeting of the Stormont Executive was on July 4. Since then no decisions have been made.
Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness have their main offices in Stormont Castle
where their teams of advisers and party officials meet to hammer out deals on virtually every facet of government life. After a decision is made in the Castle it goes up the hill to Parliament Buildings
where MLAs representing the two big parties vote the deals through.
When Robinson and Maguinness don’t meet
everything grinds to a halt
The Executive is not due to meet again until Thursday, September 19
So that’s a gap of exactly 12 weeks. Why are we paying them to wash their hands of Northern Ireland?
Since their last meeting we have had a series of controversies: street politics have overthrown Stormont politics;
the DUP U turned on the Maze/Long Kesh development project, without informing its partner in government beforehand
Tourists talked of “an intimidatory atmosphere” and “louts roaming around drunk.”in Belfast on the 12t July
while shop owners complained about few customers and debated whether it was worth their while to stay open
Police found guns, ammunition and rocket launchers,
US diplomat Richard Haas, the US guarantor of the GFA,is arriving on the 16th September. He has written to Northern Ireland political leaders asking questions
about flags, parades, dealing with the past and the inability, or unwillingness, of ethnic politicians to see them from anyone else’s point of view. Is he attempting to deal with the symptoms of division and not the root cause?
He risks walking straight into a full-scale political battle within the political institutions
The British and Irish governments are widely regarded as having disengaged
Whatever solutions Mr Haas devises, his real problem is whether anyone in London or Dublin wants to be responsible for making them happen
Otherwise it’s straight ahead for interim Joint Sovreignty
as every other option will have failed
Unionist and Orange domination
And now Power-sharing
Northern ireland is fast becoming a