Reviewing the situation
Following the suspension of the Northern Ireland Assembly and the re-imposition of direct rule, access to decision makers has again become more difficult. But, argues Will Chambre, now is the time for local government to come into its own
Following the suspension of the Northern Ireland Assembly on 14 October, former Secretary of State Dr John Reid MP, assisted by his team of Northern Ireland Office (NIO) ministers, assumed responsibility for the direction and control of the 11 Northern Ireland government departments. On 25 October, Reid was replaced by former Secretary of State for Wales Paul Murphy MP.
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