DUBLIN (Reuters) - The continuing failure of Irish nationalists and pro-British Unionists to form a government in Northern Ireland is “deeply concerning,” Ireland’s Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said after Britain moved to directly set a budget for the region.
Britain’s minister for Northern Ireland James Brokenshire on Wednesday said he had no choice but to begin the process of setting a budget directly for the first time in a decade due to the failure of talks to form a devolved executive.
“Both Governments share the view that it is regrettable and deeply concerning that, eight months after the last Assembly election, a power-sharing Executive is not in place,” Coveney said in a statement.
“The non-functioning of the devolved institutions is not something which the Irish Government wants to contemplate.”
Reporting by Conor Humphries; Editing by Catherine Evans