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DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson at Ulster University Jordanstown count centre. Photo: Brian Lawless

DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson at Ulster University Jordanstown count centre. Photo: Brian Lawless

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TUV leader Jim Allister. Photo: Brian Lawless

TUV leader Jim Allister. Photo: Brian Lawless

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DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson at Ulster University Jordanstown count centre. Photo: Brian Lawless

More than half a century after Terence O’Neill, the prime minister of a dying Stormont, said that Northern Ireland stood at the crossroads, another O’Neill is at the top of Stormont — and unionism again stands at the crossroads.

Already, modern unionism’s dominant party appears blind to the scale of the crisis which confronts it and deaf to warnings now coming even from within its own ranks.


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