Northern Ireland Publishes Draft Deal to Re-establish Government, DUP Backs It


A draft deal to revive Northern Ireland's defunct government was published last Thursday, three years to the day since the province's executive collapsed in acrimony. The document throws down the gauntlet to the region's parties ahead of a Monday deadline which will see an election called if no deal is agreed.

The devolved government at Stormont collapsed after a financial scandal boiled over into wider disputes between the pro-British DUP and republican party Sinn Fein. Under the terms of a 1998 peace accord which brought stability to the region, the two parties must share power.

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