The UK government has made a final offer of
3.3bn to ease the budget crisis in Northern Ireland and urged the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) to return to governing.
Why it matters
The offer aims to stabilize Northern Ireland's public finances and address the strain on public services caused by the absence of a functioning administration for almost two years.
What the papers say
The Guardian emphasizes the surprise and discomfiture of the DUP leader, Sir Jeffrey Donaldson, at the announcement, while AP News focuses on the financial package as a final offer to ease the budget crisis. BBC News highlights the ongoing talks and the DUP's boycott of devolved government in protest against post-Brexit trade arrangements.
How we got here
The DUP has been boycotting devolved government in Northern Ireland for almost two years in protest against post-Brexit trade arrangements, leading to a budget crisis and strain on public services.
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The Democratic Unionist Party is a unionist political party in Northern Ireland favouring British identity. It was founded in 1971 during the Troubles by Ian Paisley, who led the party for the next 37 years.
Northern Ireland is variously described as a country, province or region which is part of the United Kingdom. Located in the northeast of the island of Ireland, Northern Ireland shares a border to the south and west with the Republic of Ireland.
Parliament Buildings, often referred to as Stormont because of its location in the Stormont Estate area of Belfast, is the seat of the Northern Ireland Assembly, the devolved legislature for the region.
Sir Jeffrey Mark Donaldson is a British politician who is the Democratic Unionist Party Member of Parliament for Lagan Valley in Northern Ireland.
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom or Britain, is a sovereign country located off the northwestern coast of the European mainland.
Sinn Féin is a centre-left to left-wing Irish republican political party active in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Michelle O'Neill is an Irish politician serving as deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland since 2020. She has served as Vice President of Sinn Féin since 2018 and has been a Member of the Legislative Assembly for Mid Ulster since 2007.
The British Broadcasting Corporation is a British public service broadcaster. Headquartered at Broadcasting House in Westminster, London, it is the world's oldest national broadcaster, and the largest broadcaster in the world by number of employees.
Belfast is the capital and largest city of Northern Ireland, standing on the banks of the River Lagan on the east coast. It is the 12th-largest city in the United Kingdom and the second-largest on the island of Ireland.