Northern Ireland

  • Northern Ireland carving out a niche in cyber security, the end of the road for Wrightbus and a ‘Boris Bridge’ to Galloway September, 2019

    In his latest spending round (covering the next year), Chancellor, Sajid Javid, announced £13.8bn of extra revenue spending for public services across the UK. Under the Barnett formula, Northern Ireland's share will amount to c£400m, a real increase of c2% according to the Northern Ireland Office. With no Stormont government, however, spending decisions regarding this new money will be made largely by civil servants. The design and build of a new generation of Royal Navy frigates has been won by engineering firm Babcock. The £1.25bn contract for the five Type 31 ‘Lidl’ warships secures hundreds of jobs at yards across the UK. At £250m the Type 31 is a smaller, cheaper frigate than the Type 26 warships currently being built on the Clyde which are c£1bn each. The winning consortium also includes Harland and Wolff. The ships will be assembled in Rosyth, with construction work expected to be spread between the other UK yards like Belfast. Work is to begin by the end of 2019, with the first ships delivered in 2023. Channel 4 News has seen documents showing that the Treasury and Department for Transport have been asked for advice on the possible costs and risks of a bridge from Northern...