Nine months have passed, and the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and the Sinn Féin nationalists have yet to reach an agreement. Northern Ireland thus finds itself without a government and without representatives at the start of
Brexit negotiations. The crisis began in January when the recently deceased Martin McGuinness, then deputy prime minister and historical Sinn Féin militant, resigned. The objective was to force Arlene Foster to resign as well. The DUP prime minister was refusing to leave her post in spite of her involvement in an investigation on a clean energy  programme that had cost far more than projected. 

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