February 28, 2018 / 11:07 AM / in a year

Britain to provide update on Northern Ireland budget, politicians' pay

Britain's Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Karen Bradley arrives in Downing Street in London, February 6, 2018. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s Northern Ireland minister will make a statement next week on implementing a budget for the region and on politicians’ salaries, while it continues to explore whether agreement can be reached to restore the province’s power-sharing government.

The province has for over a year been without a devolved executive that was central to a 1998 peace deal that ended three decades of violence. Talks between the pro-British Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and Irish nationalists Sinn Fein to end that stalemate broke down again two weeks ago.

“Next week I will make a statement on the budget and I will make a statement on decisions around MLA (Members of the Legislative Assembly) pay,” Northern Ireland minister Karen Bradley told a parliamentary committee.

Reporting by Padraic Halpin in Dublin; Editing by Robin Pomeroy

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