The head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service has said he "fervently" wants local ministers back in place to take decisions as soon as possible. David Sterling warned that civil servants are finding it increasingly difficult to run public services without being able to plan ahead. NI has been without a government since the executive collapsed a year ago. With no ministers in place, civil servants have been making the day-to-day calls on running public services.
It started with one family going for a daily dip in the Irish Sea off the County Down coast. Now dozens have joined in, and they have formed a group known as the Donaghadee Chunky Dunkers. They go into the sea every day, no matter how cold it is. They only have one rule - no wetsuits are allowed. By their own admission, they are all different shapes and sizes. Most of them are from the Donaghadee area, but some travel from as far away as Dungannon at weekends to join in.
DUP MP Sammy Wilson has warned that his party's deal to support the Conservative government could be jeopardised by the Brexit negotiations. He said any attempt to "placate Dublin and the EU" could mean a withdrawal of DUP support at Westminster. He was responding to a Times newspaper report about a possible Brexit deal. It would involve devolving powers to Northern Ireland to enable customs convergence with the EU/Irish Republic on areas like agriculture and energy.
Sinn Féin won more than 50% of vote in West Tyrone in last Westminster election. 📈
Biggest danger to SF this time would be if unionists stood aside for a nationalist prepared to take seat at Westminster. https://t.co/FoKsfDO6gn
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