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How world reported latest crisis to hit power-sharing administration

Northern Ireland is again making international headlines with the resignation of Martin McGuinness, most strongly in the United States.

International interest in the Stormont saga has waned since the Fresh Start Agreement between Sinn Fein and the DUP almost 18 months ago.

Readers of the New York Times were informed: "The top Catholic official in Northern Ireland's power-sharing government abruptly resigned on Monday, plunging the territory into political uncertainty and adding to Britain's complications as it plans to leave the European Union. The official, Martin McGuinness, stepped down as Deputy First Minister to protest what he called the mishandling of a programme that subsidises the use of renewable energy to heat buildings."

And the Washington Post reported: "Power-sharing has been central to a fragile peace in Northern Ireland, where Irish nationalists opposed to British rule battled unionists who wanted to keep the region part of the United Kingdom."

It said that "although the scandal probably would be a big issue in new elections, Britain's exit from the European Union could also feature prominently".

The Conversation news website told its followers that "when Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness resigned his position, it brought to an abrupt halt Arlene Foster's tenure as First Minister - and could potentially end 10 years of power-sharing at Stormont.

"The relationship between Foster's Democratic Unionist Party and Sinn Fein has become poisonous of late, and the dramatic announcement by McGuinness is the manifestation of a complete breakdown of trust between the two coalition parties."

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