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Stepped down: David Sterling announced his plan to retire last December

Stepped down: David Sterling announced his plan to retire last December

Stepped down: David Sterling announced his plan to retire last December

The Executive Office is keen to find an outsider to lead the Northern Ireland Civil Service and implement sweeping reforms, according to a senior Stormont source.

He was speaking after Arlene Foster and Michelle O'Neill failed to appoint anyone out of three internal candidates they interviewed for the position.

The source said that the salary for the job should be raised to attract the "fresh blood" needed to shake up the civil service.