‘Who says the two year limit on prison sentences for Troubles offences excludes the security forces?’ – Asks CAJ’s Daniel Holder

The early release scheme for prisoners convicted of a “scheduled offence,” part of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement, meant that they were all released within two years. Furthermore, the legislation – the Northern Ireland (Sentences) Act 1998 – provided that anyone later convicted for a scheduled offence committed before April 1998 would serve a maximum of…

‘No Quick Fix in Stormont Crisis’ – By Brian Rowan

That picture pose on the steps of Parliament Buildings yesterday told the story of the day. There is a new spring in the Sinn Fein step.   Within this smiling frame, Gerry Adams and Michelle O’Neill stood at the front. Moments earlier, the party’s northern leader had said a few words – making the point…

‘The Long Wait that Paid Off’ – By Clare Bailey

I think my Green Party team and I are justified in our claims to be a little more tired than other candidates and agents following the events of Friday night and into Saturday morning.  The South Belfast count was the last to be wrapped up and it was around 4am on Saturday morning before my…

A Defining Election by Colm Dore

    The RHI scandal caused this election because it put the spotlight on a politics of superiority which rejects partnership. Arlene Foster rejected her government partner’s offer of assistance to avoid an election. When the UUP and SDLP demanded Foster’s resignation, Martin McGuinness asked her to temporarily step aside. At her campaign launch, Foster stated that acceding to requests from Sinn Fein “is not how I do business”. The DUP has subsequently…

‘Questions for the Opposition’ – By Colm Dore

This election raises questions for the out-going Executive, but also questions for the out-going Opposition. Much Opposition criticism of the Executive appears to deny the basis upon which the Executive functions. The Executive is based on nurturing a post-conflict relationship between the leaders of the Irish nationalist and Unionist communities. The SDLP say that, with…