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Tom Kelly: 2022 can be a defining one for Northern Ireland… the choice is ours

The challenge is to persuade non-voters that change is possible, writes Tom Kelly

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First New Dawn: First Minister Ian Paisley and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness smiles after being sworn in as ministers of the Northern Ireland Assembly in 2007. Credit: Paul Faith

First New Dawn: First Minister Ian Paisley and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness smiles after being sworn in as ministers of the Northern Ireland Assembly in 2007. Credit: Paul Faith

First New Dawn: First Minister Ian Paisley and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness smiles after being sworn in as ministers of the Northern Ireland Assembly in 2007. Credit: Paul Faith

Ulster stands at the crossroads.” Ever since Terence O’Neill, the-then prime minister of Northern Ireland, first uttered those words in 1968, every year here has felt as if it had at least the potential to be a defining one for the future of this place.

All too often, that potential has gone unfulfilled, or worse, and the same old, same old has just carried on as before.


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