Northern Ireland set to break Belgian record of non-functioning government

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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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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