Northern Ireland Assembly: Re-establishment

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland – in the House of Commons on 6th March 2019.

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Photo of John Penrose John Penrose The Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office

We debated this point at some length in the Northern Ireland Budget (Anticipation and Adjustments) (No. 2) Bill yesterday, and the frustration from all sides at the lack of a Northern Ireland Executive was palpable. As my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State mentioned earlier, she has met representatives of the five main political parties in Northern Ireland and the Irish Government recently, and I can confirm that discussions have been ongoing since then.