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(Another) Christmas crisis in Northern Ireland

Unionist leader under pressure to quit over botched energy project.

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - DECEMBER 19: A freshly painted mural referencing the RHI crisis and Arlene Foster is pictured in a city centre car park on December 19, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. First Minister Foster faced a vote of no confidence over the Renewable Heating Incentive (RHI) scheme today at Stormont. Set up in November 2012, the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme was an attempt by the Northern Ireland Executive to help to increase consumption of heat from renewable sources. The DETI minister at the time was the now First Minister, Arlene Foster. A whistleblower has since highlighted a loophole that will result in a cost of £485 million pounds because of a flaw in the scheme. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

BELFAST — On Monday, lawmakers in Northern Ireland were supposed to discuss a draft budget.

Instead, there were farcical scenes including two walkouts by opposition MPs and the Northern Irish first minister, Arlene…

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