In an interview, Hain played up the benefits that will accrue to the North’s political parties if they work together, but also warned of dire consequences if they do not.
So what, in his view, was at stake in the March 7 Assembly election and March 26 deadline for a return to power sharing government?
“It’s the future of this political generation of politicians,” Hain told the Echo.
“It’s whether they have got the courage and the leadership to work together on behalf of the voters, or whether they are going to throw in the towel on March 26 because it is devolution or dissolution, there’s no fudge or postponement or wriggling past the deadline possible because it’s set in statue.”
Changes in Northern Ireland, Hain said, had been “monumental,” not least as a result of the recent Sinn F