Irish government should give up on power-sharing
Northern Ireland is once again at the top of the agenda for the Irish government. No less than four ministers, including the Taoiseach and Tanaiste, are attending to the impasse on welfare reform and lingering paramilitary issues.
Hundreds of hours of talks and negotiating will take place by our government and civil servants who will be blue in the face by the time it is all over.
Northern Ireland has been given an enormous amount of attention over many decades. The Good Friday Agreement was signed in 1998 - 17 years ago - and there are still major problems.
It is a waste of our government's time dealing with an intractable situation, despite all the talking and agreements that have led to disagreements. Power-sharing is not working and it is time to admit that and not carry on with ridiculous talks and re-negotiations.