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This is why the £1bn DUP deal will be controversial in Northern Ireland

Catholic communities will be suspicious about how the money will be spent—with the extension of the military covenant set to increase tensions further

By Siobhan Fenton  

A peace wall divides housing estates in Belfast. Photo: PA

After weeks of speculation and intense talks, a deal has finally been struck between the Democratic Unionist Party and the Conservatives. We now know the price for keeping Theresa May in power is the princely sum of £1 billion in extra funding for Northern Ireland. The cash injection is to be spent on a range of projects in Northern Ireland including infrastructure, health care, schools and high-speed broadband.

Welsh and Scottish politicians have already condemned the deal, citing fears…

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