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NI leaders scorn Cameron's offer on finance.

NORTHERN Ireland's political leaders have heavily criticised the terms of a financial package offered to the devolved Executive by the Prime Minister in a bid to strike a deal on outstanding logjams.

David Cameron left Belfast yesterday after a night of marathon negotiations pledging PS1 billion of extra spending powers for the power-sharing administration if ministers could forge an agreement on the budgetary and legacy issues that continue to destabilise the institutions.

Stormont's First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness both questioned the credibility of Mr Cameron's offer, insisting hardly any new money was on the table.

As well as long-standing disputes over flags, parades and the toxic legacy of the past, the five parties in the power-sharing coalition are trying to achieve consensus on budgetary problems facing the devolved institutions, particularly the impasse over the non-implementation of the UK Government's welfare reforms due to Sinn Fein opposition.

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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Date:Dec 13, 2014
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