January 15, 2020 / 6:46 PM / 8 days ago

Britain to commit two billion pounds to new Northern Irish government

(Reuters) - The British government said on Wednesday it will provide 2 billion pounds ($2.6 billion) to support the newly restored Northern Ireland government.

“The UK Government will provide a 2 billion pound injection of financial support to the new Northern Ireland Executive which will end the nurses’ pay dispute, transform public services, turbocharge infrastructure investment and address Northern Ireland’s unique circumstances,” it said in a statement.

It added that a new executive joint board will be established to oversee implementation.

Northern Ireland’s Finance Minister Conor Murphy called the proposed financial package “woefully inadequate” in a statement.

“As Finance Minister I cannot and will not accept this and will be taking this up with the British Government,” Murphy said.

Reporting by Stephen Addison in London and Juby Babu in Bengaluru; Editing by Chris Reese and Rosalba O'Brien

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