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Coalition the only way forward for Stormont

By the Good Friday Agreement, nationalists conceded that Northern Ireland will remain within the UK as long as the majority wish it to remain so.

Conversely, by the same agreement, unionists conceded that, should the majority so wish, Northern Ireland will leave the UK and unite with the Republic of Ireland.

There is therefore no legal, constitutional or democratic impediment to nationalists and unionists working together in the best interests of all the people of Northern Ireland whether that be within the United Kingdom or in a united Ireland, as the majority so choose. The terms 'nationalist' and 'unionist' should, by now, have become obsolete.

One or more of the parties on the extremes, DUP, Sinn Fein, and TUV seem/s uncommitted to the democratic agreement by the people and governments of this island, north and south, separately and jointly. Each accuses another of failing to abide by the agreement.

If the other parties, SDLP, UUP, Alliance, Green, and PBP are committed to the agreement, they should form a coalition with their 33 seats in the Stormont Assembly after the recent poll.

As a cross-community coalition, there may be no need for joint First Ministerial office. The best-qualified person, irrespective of party strength, should become First Minister.

Dennis Golden

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