Why Direct Rule Light is No Solution

Matthew Morrison Blog

With no prospect of an early return of devolution and no sign of the introduction of Direct Rule, Northern Ireland is left in a constitutional limbo which may be regarded as the ‘least worst’ solution by the UK Government, but is wholly unsatisfactory in terms of democracy and decision making. The Secretary of State has announced that she intends to …

NI Budget Announced

Matthew Morrison Blog

The long awaited budget for Northern Ireland was announced last week. The MCE Public Affairs team share their views on the main points from the announcement.  The headline to come out of the announcement was the release of £410 million from the DUP confidence and supply agreement with the government, including £80 million for health and education pressures, £30 million …

Whose Budget is it Anyway?

Matthew Morrison Blog

The Head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service, David Sterling, recently told the Northern Ireland Affairs Select Committee at Westminster that there needs to be clarity and certainty about a budget by 8th February. While that clarity is not yet forthcoming, the MCE Public Affairs team has reviewed seven of the issues that are likely to be faced. 1. If …

New Permanent Secretary Team Announced

Matthew Morrison Blog, Public Affairs

A new Permanent Secretary team has been announced today. In the absence of Executive Ministers these people are of increased significance and are responsible for effective management of their department’s operations. A full list of Permanent Secretaries can be found below. Head of Northern Ireland Civil Service – David Sterling Director General of International Relations – Andrew McCormick Department for the …