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Dr Robin Wilson: As we reach 1,000 days without a devolved government in sight, what would it take to get the institutions back up and running? Cancel Brexit for a start 

Northern Ireland holds the world record for the longest delay between holding elections and forming a government. Previously, this ignominious accolade was held by Belgium, with its complicated system of autonomy for mainly Flemish and (French-speaking) Walloon regions and an overarching power-sharing coalition - in 2010-11, it took 589 days for that executive to be formed.

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Eilis O'Hanlon: Arlene Foster forges relationship with PM while Mary Lou McDonald embarks on madcap pan-nationalist escapade 

It wasn't so long ago that an Irish-American newspaper declared that "the pan-nationalist front has been confined to the dustbin of history." Brexit changed all that. The Irish Government and Sinn Fein now sing from the same hymn sheet. The SDLP is more bullish about a border poll. So-called civic nationalists regularly come together to write open letters expressing their collective outrage.

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