A new deal on administering the devolved powers in Stormont appear to have cut out the absolute requirement for them to consult local representatives, with the result that technically all decisions are made by London in consultation with Dublin.
The controversy is rooted (subs needed) in a row over a Dublin government amendment to legislation, which:
“…allows for decisions of the council in relation to the North-South bodies to be taken by the Irish and British governments pending the restoration of the Stormont Assembly.”
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