Policy Development

10 July 2019

Direct or indirect rule?

On Tuesday 9 July, the House of Commons voted to legalise same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland and to liberalise abortion laws through legislation that was initially introduced to extend the timeframe the Secretary of State has to call an election.

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05 July 2018

Bradley resists calls for direct rule

For MPs accustomed to Secretary of State Karen Bradley’s often cautious statements before the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee since her appointment in January, one early remark during Wednesday’s meeting was far from insignificant.

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19 June 2018

Signs of a thaw? Sinn Féin Ard Fheis 2018

No one was left in doubt that this was an Ard Fheis different from any other as they entered the Waterfront at the weekend under a huge banner bearing the faces of the new leadership team of Mary Lou McDonald and Michelle O’Neill.

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