View From Stormont

View From Stormont - Episode 59

As Theresa May insists the UK will leave the customs union, we ask a panel of Brexit experts whether a solution can be found to the border issue. Also in our first in depth interview with the Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald, we discuss the Stormont vacuum, the possibility of the party entering government in the Republic and her personal rating in the polls.

View From Stormont- Episode 58

This week DUP MLA Carla Lockhart calls for more controls on social media after becoming the latest public figure to be targeted by online trolls. We speak to Political Correspondent Carl Dinnen after the Prime Minister defended her decision to launch air strikes on Syria without parliamentary approval. In an extensive interview for the programme, Tony Blair describes the intensive efforts that led to the Good Friday Agreement and we're talking politics, peace, religion and royalty with the Archbishop of Canterbury and former Priest Denis Bradley.

View From Stormont-Episode 57

This week we have special interview with Tony Blair's former Chief of Staff Jonathan Powell ahead of the twentieth anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement. Other key players who were involved in brokering the historic deal reflect on the high and low points of the negotiations and asses the current challenges facing political leaders.

View From Stormont- Episode 56

On this week's programme, former Northern Ireland Secretary Peter Hain calls for the Westminster government to urgently convene a crisis summit in a bid to restore the Executive. He warns that a completely new approach is needed from both the Prime Minster and the Taoiseach. We also ask representatives of the five main parties whether they have any solutions on the way forward. Plus, global activist Carmen Perez has a message for those in Northern Ireland who feel disengaged from the democratic process.

View From Stormont- Episode 55

On the programme, the Secretary of State defends her decision to consult with political parties before making a final decision on whether to cut MLAs' pay. We've commentary and analysis in the studio of the now infamous no deal at Stormont. Plus, leading academic Katy Hayward offers her thoughts on where now for Brexit as Donald Tusk says it's Ireland first.

View From Stormont- Episode 54

A special interview with Sinn Féin's Deputy leader Michelle O'Neill over her claims that the DUP leader Arlene Foster personally handed her a hard copy of the draft talks document. We have reaction to the claim, which has been emphatically rejected by Mrs Foster from politicians in the other parties. The panel also discuss the Brexit limbo and we hear from ITV News Europe Editor James Mates on finding a solution to the border question.

View From Stormont- Episode 53

In her first in-depth interview since the collapse of the Stormont talks, DUP leader Arlene Foster gives us her take on what went wrong amid disagreement with Sinn Féin over whether a draft deal was close to being signed. The former First Minister tells the programme she would never support an Irish Language act, claiming it would be 'unacceptable to the majority of people in Northern Ireland.' Also, we speak to former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern who says the Good Friday Agreement is needed more now than it was a decade ago.

View From Stormont- Episode 52

As the fallout from the failure of the Stormont talks continues, this week's programme looks at where the political process goes from here. A panel of commentators and journalists reflect on the past seven plus the former Deputy Governor of the Maze Tom Murtagh speaks to us about his new book on the prison.