Sinn Féin is an Irish political party.
Early on a chilly Sunday morning in January 2010, two groups of senior politicians set off from Belfast. They travelled separately, but their aim was for an historic reunification of unionism.
A day after uniting in unanimous praise of David Trimble, MLAs returned to more familiar disputatious ways — with the DUP again blocking the Assembly from functioning and robust exchanges across the chamber.
It says much about Northern Ireland’s changed political landscape that the last time a nationalist agreed to serve as leader of the opposition in Stormont, it was in response to a reformist unionist leader whose gestures included meeting nuns and inviting the Taoiseach to Stormont.
A Sinn Fein MLA has said “workers and families are already struggling” without the added amount of purchasing a school uniform as he calls for help to be made available to families as a new school term approaches.
The DUP’s Gregory Campbell has hit back at claims his party’s refusal to enter the Executive is seriously damaging children’s health services in Northern Ireland, saying ministers are still in place to carry out necessary departmental work.
“I mean, Liverpool,” Mary Lou McDonald said. “There is a debate as to whether it is in fact English.” Laughter broke out at the National Press Club of Australia in Canberra and the sole Liverpudlian in the audience gave the Sinn Féin leader a thumbs-up as she spoke of her wish for Britain to become “good neighbours” again with Ireland.
DUP leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson has condemned the burning of “posters, flags or pictures of serving politicians” after a number of election posters and effigies of political figures were placed on bonfires over the Twelfth of July.
Never change, Ireland. On Wednesday, as a succession of lads in suits lined up in London to throw the equivalent of political tomatoes at their malevolent master in Number 10, RTÉ’s Liveline was reporting that a cinema-going granny had been hit with a banana by suited pre-pubescent boys in high jinks, taking part in the latest TikTok craze, Gentle Minions.
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