US News Belfast power-sharing in crisis as Sinn Fein leader to quit

17:55  09 january  2017
17:55  09 january  2017 Source:   MSN

Old Bailey bomber Dolours Price left €700k after drug overdose

  Old Bailey bomber Dolours Price left €700k after drug overdose Old Bailey bomber Dolours Price left €700k after drug overdoseThe IRA bomber, whose address was St Margaret's Road, Malahide, Co Dublin, died intestate and after deductions the net value of her property and possessions came to €590,863.

Peter Robinson has resigned as Northern Ireland's First Minister as the power - sharing agreement came close to collapse. The Democratic Unionist leader carried out his threat to quit , along with all but one of the party's ministers in the devolved government, after opposition parties rejected its proposal to adjourn the Northern Ireland Assembly following allegations that Sinn Fein members were linked to a murder of a former IRA man last month. DUP finance minister Arlene Foster will remain in government, taking over as temporary First Minister to prevent republicans taking control of the executive's finances.

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BELFAST, Northern Ireland — Northern Ireland's power-sharing government has been plunged into crisis as the senior Catholic leader says he's resigning amid deepening tensions with his Protestant colleague.

Martin McGuinness says in a statement Monday that he's quitting as deputy first minister of Northern Ireland's unity government at 5 p.m. (1700 GMT).

McGuinness says in a letter to the Northern Ireland Assembly that Sinn Fein intends to trigger early elections.

The government, formed in 2007 under terms of Northern Ireland's peace accord, requires support from Sinn Fein and the major Protestant-backed party, the Democratic Unionists, to survive.

Martin McGuinness resigns as Deputy First Minister in protest at energy scheme

  Martin McGuinness resigns as Deputy First Minister in protest at energy scheme Martin McGuinness has announced his resignation as Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland in protest at the Democratic Unionist Party's handling of a botched renewable energy scheme. The Sinn Fein veteran's move, which will come into effect at 5pm on Monday, is likely to lead to a snap Assembly election in the region.Mr McGuinness announced his decision after his partner in government, DUP First Minister Arlene Foster, repeatedly refused to step down to facilitate a probe into the ill-fated Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) - a scheme that has left Stormont facing a £490 million overspend.

The crisis , sparked after Sinn Fein members were linked to a murder of a former IRA man, worsened after a proposal by the Democratic Unionist Party to adjourn the Northern Ireland Assembly was rejected by opposition parties. First Minister Peter Robinson has said his DUP ministers will quit the Northern Ireland government on Thursday if the Assembly was not adjourned or suspended by the British government, which would force the collapse of Stormont’s power - sharing agreement.

The decision comes amid a political crisis in Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland's public prosecution service said Adams, the leader of Sinn Fein , along with six other people would not be prosecuted in McConville's abduction and death at the hands of the Irish Republican Army (IRA). A small pro-British party says it has decided to quit Northern Ireland's power - sharing cabinet in a row over whether IRA militants are still active. The potential rift centers on a murder in Belfast two weeks ago.

McGuinness has repeatedly called on his colleague atop the government, Democratic Unionist leader Arlene Foster, to step aside from her role while lawmakers investigate her alleged mismanagement of a government "green energy" program that wasted taxpayers' money.

Adams rules out running for election in the North .
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has ruled out running for election in the North. There had been speculation that he would run as a candidate to replace outgoing deputy first minister Martin McGuinness who is suffering from poor health.But speaking on his local LMFM teacup station this morning, Mr Adams ruled out the prospect, and said Mr McGuinness will make his own intentions known in the near future Mr Adams' remarks came as an election is all but certain to be called in Northern Ireland this evening after Mr McGuinness's resignation last week over the 'cash for ash' controversy.

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