Direct rule with a new secretary of state is the least worst option for Northern Ireland

At this time when we await the inquiry report on RHI, it is a bit rich for Nigel Dodds to label the NIO as ‘dysfunctional’.

Wednesday, 20th March 2019, 2:52 pm
Updated Wednesday, 20th March 2019, 2:56 pm
Letter to the editor

It is abundantly clear that, in general, the ineptitude of the NIO simply compounds that of Stormont as a whole and, in particular, those parties which have brought us into the current sorry mess.

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If the DUP is not prepared to press for democratic voluntary coalition in an attempt to save the province, then the ‘least worst option’ has to be direct rule with a new secretary of state.

Somehow I fear resistance by those MLAs who would be out of a job will carry the day.

Cliff Cardwell, Co Londonderry