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Hourglass NI launches at a time of real change for the voluntary and charitable sector in Northern Ireland. There had been no devolved government in Northern Ireland since January 2017 because the two majority parties DUP and Sinn Féin couldn’t come to a power-sharing agreement. This uncertainty had plagued the third sector economy and left our only point of contact the NI civil service. An agreement was finally reached in mid-January 2020 – but the uncertainty remains and the legislature now needs to urgently catch up.
We at Hourglass welcome the news that Sinn Féin and the DUP have re-entered devolved government in Northern Ireland after three years of deadlock - all parties can now start delivering the much-needed reforms to our public services and restore public confidence in devolved government.