Now that the UK Parliament has had to take action to ensure Northern Ireland’s civil service continues to receive funding – following the collapse of power sharing – I wanted to know what discussions the UK Government has had with all parties within the Northern Irish Assembly.
I am worried that it has only been a discussion between the UK Government, DUP and Sinn Fein. There are many other parties in Northern Ireland that all must be included in any budget agreement. If they are not we will not see a return to devolved government in Northern Ireland anytime soon. This is not what people want in the area and will only undermine a long-lasting settlement in the region.