Northern Irish government split on coronavirus measures

BELFAST (Reuters) – Irish nationalists in Northern Ireland’s government called on Friday for the closure of schools to mirror measures across the border in the Republic of Ireland, putting them at odds with their pro-British power-sharing partners.

The spat comes as Britain takes a different approach to coronavirus to EU countries such as Ireland, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson saying it was premature to take measures like closing schools or banning large sporting events.

The pro-British DUP and Irish nationalist party Sinn Fein agreed in January to restore the British region’s devolved power-sharing government after a break of three years due to disagreements between the parties on Brexit and other issues.

Sinn Fein’s leader in Northern Ireland, Michelle O’Neill, the region’s deputy first minister, said schools and colleges should be

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