Executive decision puts ball in Cameron’s court on the North

The Northern parties cut a deal on funding request as the economy takes centre stage

21st December, 2014
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The future of the Stormont institutions now hangs on a £2 billion funding request to Westminster, after the five Executive parties reached a last-minute deal on Friday.

Problems that have dogged the workings of government in the North – parades, flags, dealing with the past – became secondary to finance as the parties sought new, guaranteed lines of credit from Westminster with the implication that more money would ease a deal on the outstanding issues.

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