Northern Ireland has been without government for 1000 days, time for a return of Direct Rule?

October 13, 2019

 

Northern Ireland is being plunged into a state of uncertainty, chaos and disrepair by greedy, self-serving Irish Nationalists and so-called unionists which do not accept the reality: Devolution does not work.

 

The beginning of the erosion of stable governance Northern Ireland can be traced back to the signing of the Good Friday Agreement or Belfast Agreement on the 10th April 1998:

 

Former Labour Party Prime Minister, Tony Blair, was the original architect of the 'Good Friday Agreement' which saw Irish Republican terrorists released from prison alongside Lord Mountbatten's (Viceroy and Governor-General of India) assassin, the disastrous and divisive Northern Ireland Assembly/ Executive was born. Devolution in Northern Ireland has been an abysmal failure as there has been no government of any description for roughly 1000 days. Direct Rule would be a more pragmatic solution for the people of NI.

 

Direct Rule and the suspension of the assembly in Northern Ireland has already been administered four times since the signing of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998.

 

  • 11 February – 30 May 2000

  • 10 August 2001 (24-hour suspension)

  • 22 September 2001 (24-hour suspension)

  • 14 October 2002 – 7 May 2007

 

Power-sharing between the Democratic Unionist Party and Sinn Fein will never work or lead to a united, prosperous or stable form of governance. In the event that a power-sharing agreement is made and Stormont is up and running again, what is there to stop Irish nationalists walking in a few weeks or months? Mandatory coalition is not and never will be sustainable in the long-term. Let us be crystal clear - Irish nationalists like Sinn Fein don't want a successful Northern Ireland. They want a united Ireland.

 

If an executive or government is incapable or unwilling of providing governance for its people for 1000 days then it is simply a baseless institution draining vital financial resources. Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) are elected by, and represent the people of, Northern Ireland. They are taking salaries whilst doing absolutely.

 

The time has come for Direct Rule in Northern Ireland and the repeal of the Northern Irish Assembly. The Office of Northern Ireland should be restored to pre-devolution status and a wide range of powers including health and education would remain decentralised.

 

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