NI ASSEMBLY STORMONT SITS N.Ireland devolved government sits after three-year gap

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The main Irish nationalist and pro-British unionist parties in Northern Ireland who a day earlier agreed to a power-sharing government, sat on Saturday, after a three-year hiatus.

On Friday Sinn Fein, the largest nationalist party, followed its rival, the Democratic Unionist Party, in backing a draft deal brokered by the Irish and British governments to end the devolved assembly’s suspension.

The importance of the devolved administration has increased because a provision in Britain’s European Union withdrawal deal will give the assembly the right every four years to consider whether to maintain alignment with EU market rules.

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