Brian Keegan: Managing Northern Ireland’s finances will be an acid test for Sinn Féin

How the party manages the public purse in the North will signal what we might expect if it is in power here after the next general election

Michelle O’Neill will lead the Stormont Executive as First Minister. Picture: Press Eye

The DUP has scored a goal against the run of play by securing the reforms to the Windsor Framework that made it acceptable to the party. The devolution deal has bucked the trend of recent decades which has been to tighten rather than relax trade controls.

It has become much harder to broker any kind of international agreement where money is at stake. Compare it with the last years of the 20th century when trade ...