Charities in warning to politicians
A prolonged political vacuum following the Assembly elections will cause immense damage to all, charity leaders have warned.
Vital policy initiatives are on hold, a budget for running public services has not been agreed and Northern Ireland is not being effectively represented in Brexit negotiations, the Chief Officers 3rd Sector said.
The organisation, which represents the heads of 500 charities and community groups, added that the imposition of direct rule or government by civil servants if power-sharing cannot be restored after the poll would create a democratic deficit.
Chief executive Nora Smith added: "We work in partnership with government to deliver for the public good and will continue to do so.
"However, a prolonged vacuum will result in unaccountable government with no policy momentum on reduced budgets.
"There is not a single citizen in Northern Ireland who will benefit from that."