View From Stormont

View From Stormont - Episode 67

As another crunch EU summit looms, the last programme of the season hears from Northern Ireland's MEPs in Brussels as well as ITV's Europe Editor James Mates. We discuss the prospect of a breakthrough on the border question almost two years on since the UK voted to leave the European Union. Also, ahead of the DUP leader's attendance at an LGBT event in Stormont, our panel of commentators debate whether Arlene Foster's reaching out gestures are reaping rewards. Plus, the former Alliance leader David Ford
opens up about the highs and lows of his long career as he gets ready to leave the political stage.

View From Stormont - Episode 66

This week's programme features a sit-down interview with Sinn Féin's vice-president Michelle O'Neill following the party's meeting with the Prime Minister in Westminster. Tracey Magee reports from London on the significance of the talks with Theresa May which focused on the powersharing impasse and the issue of the border in Brexit negotiations. Also, we examine how the DUP leader's recent gestures of outreach are being received by members of the LGBT and Irish language communities. Plus ahead of next week's crunch EU summit in Brussels the business broadcaster Jamie Delargy and the former senior Irish diplomat Ray Bassett discuss the continuing battles over the UK's exit from the EU.

View From Stormont - Episode 65

Ahead of a big week in Parliament for Brexit, we hear from representatives from five of the main parties in Northern Ireland on the proposed backstop solution, plus ITV Europe Editor James Mates analyses the growing pressures facing Theresa May. Also, in a wide-ranging interview, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar talks at length to our Deputy Political Editor Tracey Magee about Brexit, a border poll and the need for a joint initiative from the British and Irish governments to restore Stormont. And following another round of quiet talks involving senior republicans and loyalists, we ask what a successful outcome might look like.

View From Stormont - Episode 64

This week DUP MP Ian Paisley and Sinn Féin MLA Máirtín Ó Muilleoir debate claims that some nationalists may vote for the DUP over their stance on abortion following the Republic's abortion referendum. With time running out in the Brexit negotiations to get a solution on the border issue we talk to experts Katy Hayward and Jamie Delargy. And a group of business leaders tell us why they're calling for a change in the law to allow the civil service to take critical decisions in the absence of devolution.

View From Stormont - Episode 63

After the landslide vote in favour of abortion reform in the Republic, this week's programme focuses on the implications of the result for Northern Ireland where demands for a change to the law are growing. We get reaction from the DUP and Sinn Féin as well as both pro choice and pro life campaign groups. Also, Brian Rowan exclusively reveals the beginning of a quiet dialogue between republican and loyalist leaders on finding a political way forward. And the Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn tells Tracey Magee that Unionists need to exercise their power at Westminster to achieve the restoration of devolution.

View From Stormont-Episode 62

With just days to go until the historic abortion referendum in the Republic, we speak to activists on both sides of the argument in Dublin and analyse the latest polls and the mood on the street with political commentators Mary Minihan and Kevin Doyle. We discuss the implications of the DUP leader's description of nationalism as 'narrow' and 'exclusive' and speak to the Secretary of State Karen Bradley about Brexit after her visit to the border.

View From Stormont- Episode 61

Amid the power sharing impasse, we examine the implications of a High Court ruling that a decision by a civil servant to approve a controversial incinerator on the outskirts of north Belfast was unlawful. Also, the Victims Commissioner Judith Thompson is in the studio to discuss the government's consultation on proposals to deal with the legacy of the Troubles. And we've an in-depth interview with the first northern unionist elected to the Senate in Dublin.

View From Stormont - Episode 60

This week we're on the border as the EU's Chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier joined the Taoiseach and many other political, business and civic leaders for an All-Island Civic Dialogue on Brexit. Our Deputy Political Editor Tracey Magee also has an in-depth interview with the Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney. And Brian Rowan examines what Northern Ireland can bring to international peace processes and what we can we learn from them.