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Siobhán Fenton is a Belfast-based writer covering gender, politics and Northern Ireland.
But odds of agreement and a return to power sharing still look remote.
The murder of journalist Lyra Mckee magnifies growing support for dissident Republicanism among a generation of “ceasefire babies”.
The young investigative journalist was shot dead during rioting in Derry last night.
Northern Ireland and the conflict is only ever mentioned by English politicians in order to make cheap and cynical points about their own politics.
While enthusiasm for another election is scant, the conditions for a surprise Republican surge are well in place.
Its entire history and identity is, rightly or wrongly, built on a very particular British identity.
While the First Minister supports criminalising sex workers, imprisoning women who have abortions and running all-male political campaigns, her defence sounds hollow.
The power of the largest parties has been maintained, while newer parties running on nicher subjects with no connection to Northern Ireland’s traditional religious divide are rapidly rising.
Once one party is brave enough to leave the Executive and enter official opposition, others will be encouraged to follow suit.
Brexit could threaten the fragile Northern Irish peace process.