A "CRISIS" is looming, according to Gerry Kelly of Sinn Fein? There is no doubt things have been simmering over the last few months (evidenced by the arrival of a peace envoy from the US). Things appear to be so bad that there are even murmurs of direct rule.
It is a poor show if any party threatens to bring down the institutions if they do not get there way, which may happen soon.
There is a 'deja vu' quality to what is happening now. Haven't we been here before?
Of course, the two governments had to step in with the Belfast Agreement, which now seems to be fraying at the edges.
So what will it be this time? Another document for Northern Ireland – until that, too, outlives its usefulness?
It is clear outstanding matters have stacked up without much progress. There has been a definite retraction of progress, prompted by events on the ground. These are reminiscent of the bad days of old, where crass bigotry and hatred were expounded. Where is the new horizon Northern Ireland was supposed to be getting?
The big question now is: will Northern Ireland ever come to peace? Or will it continue to suffer – to the dismay of the world?