Northern Ireland: Political Developments

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:43 pm on 28th March 2017.

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Photo of David Hanson David Hanson Labour, Delyn 12:43 pm, 28th March 2017

As one of the last direct rule Ministers for Northern Ireland, may I remind the Secretary of State that managing five Departments from Westminster is not a good form of government? History shows that when the Prime Minister and the Taoiseach engage with matters of crisis—when they clear their diaries and spend four or five days engaged with those issues—crises are solved. Will he reflect on that as he determines not to have direct rule?