Revealed in full: The Stormont Castle Agreement which preceded December’s deal

Stormont Castle, where the agreement was struck. Pic Colm Lenaghan / Pacemaker
Stormont Castle, where the agreement was struck. Pic Colm Lenaghan / Pacemaker

A previously secret agreement between the Stormont Executive parties has been revealed.

On Monday, First Minister Peter Robinson published the Stormont Castle Agreement — a deal between the Executive party leaders just four days before the Stormont House Agreement.

Mr Robinson revealed the existence of the agreement a week ago in the Assembly chamber, quickly leading to the Green Party leader Steven Agnew and TUV leader Jim Allister pressing each Executive party to agree to its publication.

Sinn Fein was the final party to agree to allow the document to be published.

The 22-page document contains considerable detail of how the welfare reform deal will be paid for and the Executive’s concerns about its level of debt — just days before it agreed to take on a further £1 billion loan.

It also disproves a claim by Sinn Fein’s John O’Dowd that his party had never signed up to proposals to cut 20,000 public sector jobs via a voluntary redundancy scheme.

To read the Stormont Castle Agreement in full, click this link