Northern Ireland today – August 28 – reaches an unenviable milestone: 589 days without any functioning government. Rallies are planned across the province to protest the freeze which has meant public services have ground to a halt (Irish Times).
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- The freeze began in January 2017, after a power-sharing administration collapsed due to a scandal over a renewable energy incentive scheme, popularly known as “Cash for Ash”.
- This was alleged to have cost the public finances around £490 million ($632m). (BBC)
A social media movement was set up protest the failure to govern, #WeDeserveBetter. This calls on both main parties, the Democratic Unionists and Sinn Féin, to return elected representatives to their posts.
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The Belfast Telegraph, one of NI’s main newspapers, said in an editorial it was “absolutely disgraceful that politicians on all sides are still taking their handsome salaries”.
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