Tuesday February 18, 2020

Northern Ireland Assembly must make immediate progress on urgent issues

The new Executive will be immediately confronted by major problems in the health and education sectors

Aiden Corkery

Political Correspondent

@aiden_corkery
12th January, 2020
Michelle O’Neill from Sinn Fein with party colleagues pictured at Parliament Buildings, Stormont Picture: Press Eye

The Northern Ireland Assembly resumed yesterday after three years of absence, but its leaders immediately face a series of severe crises in health and education.

Compromises agreed by the parties on the Irish language and the “petition of concern” veto mechanism meant that the deadlock was finally broken.

The breakthrough means Sinn Féin no longer faces the daunting prospect of fighting an election on both sides of the border within a period of...

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