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OPINION: Wrong time for a political crisis

THIS week Prime Minister Theresa May began what will no doubt be one of the most disruptive and potentially destructive process in the North’s history, and while protests against Brexit and the triggering of Article 50 descended on Stormont on Wednesday, there was no Assembly, no Executive, to listen to the concerns and demands of those demonstrating their discontent.
The ongoing political impasse is showing no sign of breaking any time soon, with civil servants currently running the show and the prospect of a return to direct rule looming large. It looks like we could be waiting a while longer before the politicians we voted for at the beginning of this month will take their seats.
It’s not just on the implications of Brexit and the potential return of checkpoints on the Fermanagh border that we need our politicians fighting our corner. Our health system is in crisis, our GPs are even threatening to leave the NHS, our children are still educated separately, and our young people continue to flock abroad.
While each of the parties have their own various demands, as mandated by the electorate, it’s clear that someone needs to step up fast to fight for the people of Fermanagh.


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