The Northern Irish peace process appears to be in turmoil. Local politicians have made an appeal for the US as well as the British and Irish governments to step in and help “kick-start” the “faltering” peace process. The current political impasse in the polity stems from the inability of local parties to agree on several issues including welfare reform, parades, flags, and notably dealing with the past. The lack of consensus on how to deal with the past, from addressing victims’ needs to investigating unsolved crimes, remains a significant obstacle for peacebuilding as well as policing an ethno-politically divided post-conflict society. Crucially, the disputes over contested parades, the illegal flying of flags, and the legacy of the past conflict have continued to test the strength of the reformed police service.