It is hoped that the presence of the British Army will help to contain a volatile situation in Northern Ireland.

The debate at Stormont revealed a widening gulf between the government and the opposition resulting in a number of opposition MPs walking out of the chamber.

Today's walk-out of opposition MPs from Stormont is not surprising due to irreconcilable views. Some of the opposition MPs went so far as to describe Stormont as "an irrelevance".

Martin Wallace sums up political opinion on the arrival of British soldiers on the streets of Northern Ireland, "Outside Stormont, the signs are that recent troubles have divided the North more than at any time within the past thirty years."

Austin Currie warned that an uprising is on its way.