Collapse of power-sharing agreement in Northern Ireland avoided

British government agrees to legislate on Irish language if Stormont fails to do so

Daniel Murray

Political Correspondent @danieltmurray
17th June, 2021
Collapse of power-sharing agreement in Northern Ireland avoided
Paul Givan, left, is expected to be nominated as Northern Ireland first minister today while Edwin Poots, the DUP leader, will focus on ‘rebuilding’ the party while keeping his agriculture ministry. Picture:

A potential collapse of power-sharing in Northern Ireland has been avoided after the British government last night agreed to legislate on the Irish language if Stormont fails to do so.

The deal, struck late on Wednesday night between Sinn Féin and the British government, clears the way for the nomination of first minister Paul Givan by the DUP and and deputy first minister Michelle O’Neill by Sinn Fein later today.


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