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Northern Ireland power-sharing system not fit for purpose, says Irish PM

Micheál Martin says electoral system ‘should not be one that constantly reinforces polarisation’

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Ireland’s prime minister has said the system of sharing power between unionists and nationalists in Northern Ireland is no longer fit for purpose and should be reviewed.

Micheál Martin’s remarks come amid claims the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) wants to delay a new Stormont assembly election as long as possible to give talks over the disputed Brexit protocol a chance to take off.

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