Saturday January 25, 2020

DUP’s pork barrel politics leave Sinn Féin boxed into a corner

Hardball unionists bring home a cash injection that won’t come through unless there’s a deal on an Irish Language Act

2nd July, 2017
Prime Minister Theresa May greets DUP leader Arlene Foster outside No 10 Downing Street ahead of talks on a deal to prop up the former’s Conservative government Picture: PA

Hours after British Prime Minister Theresa May had been humiliated in the British general election, the DUP quietly indicated it would ultimately support a Conservative minority government. “Price to be sorted,” one particularly jubilant and sleep-deprived DUP figure texted.

Last Monday that price finally emerged after two fraught weeks of talks. The DUP walked out of Downing Street with £1 billion of new money for Northern Ireland over the next two years and...

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