COMMENT/ANALYSIS - IRISH EXAMINER

Q&A: The North is in crisis again and headed for another election

The North is heading for an election. The power-sharing executive has imploded because of an eco-boiler scandal. Here are the answers to key questions on how the next weeks and months are likely to play out in Stormont’s latest political drama.

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Time to pick the right fight, Mr President

In bringing up the ravages of inner city crime, Donald Trump is highlighting an area where the US has been pretty successful in the past 20 years, writes Timothy L O’Brien

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Rex Tillerson will bring tough, real world pragmatism to politics

The former Exxon Mobil oil giant boss has more influence than most presidents and knows how to cut a deal. He would be an able secretary of state, says Amir Handjani

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From justice to jobs, here's a run down of the big challenges facing the Dáil in 2017

This week, the Dáil returns for the third term of this weak minority Government. Daniel McConnell, Juno McEnroe, Elaine Loughlin and Fiachra O Cionnaith look at the challenges facing each minister and their chances of success.

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Ten years on communities are still yearning for loved ones lost to the sea

Ten years ago this month, two boats sank off the south-east coast. Conor Kane and Stephen Rogers recall the tragedies that resulted in the loss of seven lives and united communities in grief.

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Chill winds blow as old tensions rise in North

Arlene Foster has long been disliked by Sinn Féin, but the breakdown in government brings an election that could be the most bitter in many years, writes Brian Murphy

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Donald Trump’s behaviour as president-elect does not bode well

He has encroached on Barack Obama’s presidency, meddled in foreign policy, and his scattershot tweeting worries even Republicans, says Elizabeth Drew

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Just who is in charge of hospitals in this health crisis?

The health minister wants heads on plates over the emergency department crisis, but the labyrinthine management structures in the health services may make his targets hard to choose. Caroline O’Doherty tries to untangle a very messy bureaucratic web.

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Everyone’s entitled to an opinion, but we need experts

Unforeseen social events, such as the global economic crisis of 2008, the election of Donald Trump in the US, Brexit in the UK, and fake news have undermined our faith in what is true, but some opinions are better-informed than others, writes Clodagh Finn

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