Early election in Northern Ireland due to take place on March 2nd



An early election is due to take place in Northern Ireland on the 2nd of March after the collapse of the government.

It follows the break-up of the power-sharing government following a dispute between Sinn Fein and the DUP over a botched renewable energy scheme.

Earlier, the DUP's Arlene Foster was put forward for a third term as First Minister, but Sinn Féin declined to put anyone forward to share the office with her.

The assembly will sit for the last time on the 25th of January.

Northern Secretary James Brokenshire: