“Failure to abide by previous agreements would fundamentally erode its credibility in international diplomacy – how could a country trust them?” Siobhén Fenton has tweeted his reaction to the news that the UK government intends to violate international law by cancelling the Northern Ireland protocol contained in the Brexit withdrawal agreement. This agreement resulted in a new government that would share power between the Unionists and the nationalists. Disciplined in the clichés, she omits Arlene Foster`s crocodile. When she recounts the draft debacle of the treaty last February, she nevertheless manages to sum up the unequal treatment of a restored Stormont for the foreseeable future. When it became clear that an agreement depended on compromise” “party politicians like Arlene Foster were able to digest it, but the base, which had been fed by a regime of violent anti-Irish rhetoric, were not. The DUP was simply too upset to stage a dignified descent. What Fenton explained never happened, because it is “unfortunately not so insolent” … Although their initial response seemed good enough for us. Siobhan Fenton, a political writer and adviser to Belfast-based Sinn Fein, tweeted about the latest policy news – namely that the Conservative government has admitted it will abdicate the Northern Ireland protocol contained in the Brexit withdrawal agreement. It regrets that the agreement has not put in place structures to deal with the unresolved unrest and the horrors of the disappeared. But LGBT and reproductive rights, for example, were not on the agenda at the time. She notes strongly that “the rights of women and the LGBT community continue to be marginalized, often as a result of decisions taken in Stormont.” The DUP uses the “concern petition” of the agreement on blocking same-sex marriage, which is a mechanism to protect vulnerable and marginalized groups .

. . . . it is often a tool of oppression today. Unfortunately, Fenton isn`t the first woman to tell her something on Twitter and probably won`t be the last. A woman walks past a mural showing Michelle O`Neill, vice-president of Sinn Féin, and Arlene Foster, head of the DUP, as the unlikely bed-mates of the film Planes, Trains and Automobiles in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Photo: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images There is no political game, but Fenton paints in articles that others have overlooked, especially the short-lived but important women`s coalition. It is repugnant to reluctant interpretations, most often from opponents who, at the time or since, did not offer alternatives, who claim that the agreement has strengthened or “institutionalized” sectarianism.

With the clarity of youth, she sees the unresolved problems in 1998, but recognizes the implausible progress of some, if not in the face of the negotiators involved and the constraints of their policies.