It is a year since Northern Ireland’s devolved government collapsed but the two largest parties appear no closer to agreement.
Sinn Fein ended 10 years of power-sharing last January when Arlene Foster refused to stand aside as First Minister over a botched renewable energy scheme.
In the snap election which followed, Unionists lost their majority at Stormont but the DUP then found itself holding the balance of power at Westminster.
Sinn Fein’s success in the Assembly poll and the DUP’s in the General Election emboldened both parties and neither is in the mood for compromise.
In Armagh, the city of two cathedrals – one Protestant, the other Catholic – students believe the contentious issues are “a symptom of division, not the cause.”
Courtney Cummings, 18, calls herself a Unionist and attends The Royal School in the city.
Gabija Kaciulyte, 18, is Head Girl at St. Catherine’s College and identifies as a Nationalist.
But unlike the politicians, they are largely in agreement when it comes to issues like an Irish Language Act and gay marriage.
Sky News brought the students together for the first time to discuss how these things had become so contentious.
Gabija said: “I think we’ve been using old methods and going about issues which are so diverse that we do have two sides to every issue. It’s so politically driven.
“I think we just need a fresh perspective on most issues so that we can progress and we can move forward.”
Courtney said: “I personally feel that the Good Friday Agreement was always a short-term solution for the issues we had in Northern Ireland but it wasn’t mean to go on for as long as it has.
“The mandatory coalition, as we have it at the moment, clearly isn’t working if two sides try so hard to not get along with each other.”
The civil servants, who have been running Northern Ireland for 12 months, must be among the most powerful in the democratic world.
But that situation cannot continue indefinitely and Karen Bradley MP, the new Northern Ireland Secretary, is expected to convene negotiations soon.
Parties anticipate one last-ditch effort to restore devolution but a return to direct rule from Westminster remains a very real possibility.