In this video, the former head of the European Commission office in Belfast, Geoff Martin, discusses recent developments in Northern Ireland with our Chairman John Stevens.

Geoff Martin predicts that new elections for Stormont will make very little difference to the political stalemate in Northern Ireland, for which he principally blames the DUP. He argues however that the whole political elite in Belfast is failing to reflect new thinking throughout the island of Ireland.

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Geoff Martin OBE, was the 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.

John Stevens is the Chairman of the Federal Trust and a former Conservative MEP.