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Coronavirus: Anger at push for Northern Ireland's civil servants to return to office as economy flounders

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Economy Minister Diane Dodds

Economy Minister Diane Dodds

NIPSA’s Alison Millar

NIPSA’s Alison Millar

Economy Minister Diane Dodds

A public service union has reacted angrily to claims the Stormont Executive is pushing to bring thousands of civil servants back to the office.

Politicians are reported to view the absence of civil servants from major city and town buildings as economically crippling to restaurants, coffee shops and bars losing out on trade.

Economy Minister Diane Dodds has written to the head of the civil service, David Sterling, on the matter.