In this new episode of the Federal Trust podcast, Geoff Martin welcomes the restoration of normal political life in Northern Ireland after years of deadlock. The appointment of two women from opposing political traditions as First and Deputy First Minister undoubtedly marks a turning-point in the Province’s history. But Geoff cautions that rifts between and within its political parties could still lead to instability in Northern Ireland.

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Geoff Martin OBE, Inaugural head of the European Commission Office in Northern Ireland 1979–1984, and later Head of the European Commission Representation in the UK, 1993–2002.

Brendan Donnelly is the Director of the Federal Trust and a former Conservative MEP.