What has the DUP has ever done for us?

Hearts and Minds. Mark Durkan wants things up front and clear from the DUP on whether it really wants power sharing, and cites Castlereagh, Lisburn, Ballymena and Coleraine as evidene of his rival evidential reluctance to share power in practice. Nigell Dodds, responds with Newry and Mourne, Down, Armagh as situations where the DUP is permanently out of the loop. Interesting if necessarily reductive discussion in advance of a comprehensive settlement.

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