The Stormont Debacle: Opinions Divided on d'Hondt Drama; from Portrush to Portaferry and Larne to Strabane the People of Ulster Were Split over the Shambles at Stormont. Stephen Dunwoody Assesses the Mood on the Streets

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The Stormont Debacle: Opinions Divided on d'Hondt Drama; from Portrush to Portaferry and Larne to Strabane the People of Ulster Were Split over the Shambles at Stormont. Stephen Dunwoody Assesses the Mood on the Streets


REACTION to the Stormont drama was mixed on the streets of the Province yesterday.

William Sharpe, 29, from Belfast, said: "I think the unionists should have called Sinn Fein's bluff. The whole point is to overcome violence.

"The process has not solved the problem of decommissioning and David Trimble has obviously had problems selling it to his party."

Janine McMullan and daughter Clodagh was in town shopping with her friend Eimear Rooney.

Eimear said: "I think -nionists should be more fair-minded and I don't think Mr Mallon should have resigned."

Janine added: "We would all like to see a brighter future for Clodagh."

Karen McManama and friend Thom Kearin, American tourists holidaying in Belfast, said: "My heart is broken. I think it's very sad. I had hoped to bring my children here for a holiday, but that's doubtful now."

Thom added: "Peace is a better process, I just hope everybody can somehow look foward to a peaceful future."

Mr Diamond from Banbridge was philosophical about events. He said: "What's new?It's nothing but the same old story. They had a chance to make it work and they let it go. …

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