Northern Ireland Back in Crisis as Unionists Quit
David McKittrick Ireland Correspondent, The Independent (London, England)
HOPES FOR an IRA decommissioning move remained alive in Belfast last night even as Ulster Unionist ministers pulled out of the Northern Ireland administration.
The resignations mean devolution will shortly have to be placed on ice unless the IRA makes an important move on weaponry. The Unionist leader, David Trimble, announced he was withdrawing his three ministers from the cross-community Executive.
Since the two Paisleyite ministers are also pulling out, this will leave the Belfast Executive consisting of five nationalists and five empty seats. That is not considered to be a viable government.
While the institutions established under the Good …
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Publication information: Article title: Northern Ireland Back in Crisis as Unionists Quit. Contributors: David McKittrick Ireland Correspondent - Author. Newspaper title: The Independent (London, England). Publication date: October 19, 2001. Page number: 12. © 2009 The Independent - London. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.