ABC News picks it up as Britain to Run Northern Ireland:
“Britain has successfully shut down and revived the Catholic-Protestant administration before. But analysts predict this crisis will be the toughest yet to resolve because of rising Protestant hostility to sharing power with Sinn Fein, the Irish Republican Army-linked party that has grown increasingly popular among Catholics, thanks to the peace process.”
Alex Fitzpatrick picks up messages from outside the usual sources:
“Having lived through three decades of conflict prior to the 1998 accord with at least 3,600 people killed, Northern Ireland’s people were anxious but stoic. Most seemed resigned to a protracted political impasse but did not fear a return to the dark days of what they call ‘The Troubles’. ‘We’re just getting on with our normal lives,’ said Jane Fitzpatrick, walking a dog in Belfast. ‘The politicians will fight it out, I suppose, but we can’t go backwards’.”
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