Newton Emerson: London and Dublin are making a problem of a solution

‘Totality of relationships’ body is being turned into a controversy of its own right

Violence in loyalist areas of Belfast is "even worse now than it was in the Troubles" according to some local residents. Video: Enda O'Dowd

Four years ago, Dublin and London took an institution meant to solve problems and turned it into a controversy in its own right. Now this is happening again.

The ponderously-titled British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference (BIIGC) is the primary east-west or strand three institution of the Belfast Agreement and its overarching body, tasked with managing “the totality of relationships”.

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