1. ITV Report

New laws ‘give clarity’ to NI civil servants

The political institutions in Northern Ireland collapsed in January 2017. Credit: Presseye

New laws which will give Northern Ireland civil servants more powers in the absence of a government have been introduced by Secretary of State Karen Bradley.

The legislation gives political parties the next five months to form an executive without the need for an election.

Ms Bradley says the new bill is intended to allow time and space for politicians to agree a return to Stormont and to give “clarity” to senior civil servants.

Decision-making has been put on hold in the absence of a government at Stormont, amid uncertainty over the powers available to civil servants in the absence of ministers.

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